Eddie Murphy Takes on the Story Behind Dolemite in “Dolemite Is My Name”
Maybe, just maybe this is one of the beginning milestones of Eddie Murphy’s long, circuitous route back into stand-up comedy?
This biopic, Dolemite Is My Name (written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski and directed by Craig Brewer) that follows the career of comedian Rudy Ray Moore as his better known persona, blaxploitation star Dolemite seems very intriguing, especially with a supporting cast that boasts Keegan-Michael Key, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, and Wesley Snipes.
If anything, it’s somewhat comforting to see Eddie back in the role of a comedian and he, in turn, seems pretty right at home as Rudy Ray Moore.
See all about this for yourself in the trailer, then look for the release of Dolemite Is My Name this Fall.
Watch Trailer for Season 11 of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Just like the breezy rides that the series takes us through while Jerry Seinfeld and his guest hang out for the most successful version of comedians having coffee, we have coasted on to season 11 of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (that’s 2 more than Seinfeld FYI).
Per usual, Jerry has stacked line-up of guests including Eddie Murphy, Melissa Villaseñor, and Martin Short and, as far as we can see, Jerry’s winning formula here will keep going as long as he wants.
See it for yourself in this season’s trailer here.
Looks Like Eddie Murphy Has One Hell of a Tracy Morgan Impression
Over the last couple of years, Eddie Murphy has publicly mulled over a return to stand-up, but would always add the caveat of not knowing exactly what he would do since comedy has changed so much since he last took the mic.
Yet, this dead-on impression of Tracy Morgan that he did during his recent appearance of Kimmel might be a good place to start.
“Eddie Murphy: The Mark Twain Prize” Special Airs Tonight
9PM on PBS.
While Eddie Murphy has already received his actual Mark Twain Prize for Humor at the ceremony, the rest of us only know that he ribbed Bill Cosby during his acceptance speech.
We don’t know what Kevin Nealon Jay Pharoah, and more were up to during the ceremony, but it seems like they were there honoring Eddie in their own particular way.
We’ll definitely be curious to see if Eddie’s acceptance speech goes a little more into some bits/material/etc.
Eddie Murphy Jokes About Bill Cosby While Receiving Mark Twain Prize
Also, Murphy said that he’ll eventually tell jokes again.
In this video from AP documenting the Mark Twain Prize for Humor ceremony at The Kennedy Center, Murphy actually cracked a joke about Bill Cosby who also happens to still have a Mark Twain Prize to his name (starts at 2:28).
Hopefully, this is the spark that gets the fire burning again for Eddie to return to stand-up.
Eddie Murphy Is the Next To Be Receiving Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor
Any takers on if he’ll do something funny on stage like every other Mark Twain Prize recipient has done when receiving the award?
For his storied career as a barrier breaking stand-up comedian, comedic actor years ago, Eddie Murphy will be the latest to receive the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for Humor from The Kennedy Center. He’ll be joining the ranks of Richard Pryor, Carl Reiner, Carol Burnett, Will Ferrell, George Carlin, and more this weekend.
We’ll be curious to see where Murphy will head next after receiving one of comedy’s top honors, especially seeing where he has gone after his Spike TV tribute or his very brief appearance after Chris Rock’s heartfelt speech about him at The SNL 40th Anniversary.
SiriusXM Launching a “Comedy Greats” Channel Featuring George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, and More
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
If you already have your Sirius presets on the 7 existing comedy channels, make room for one more.
The stand-up of “comedy greats” throughout the decades will be featured on this new SiriusXM Comedy Greats channel. It’ll span the comedy of Richard Pryor and George Carlin to Joan Rivers to Eddie Murphy to Jerry Seinfeld to Louis C.K. to Amy Schumer and plenty more.
The channel will also feature countdowns and stories from the likes of current greats like Bill Burr, Bill Hader, Marc Maron, etc.
Look for Comedy Greats on SiriusXM on Aug. 13th.
Hopefully, if you don’t already, you’ll get some comedy albums after hearing any of this.
Eddie Murphy Will Be The Next Recipient of The Mark Twain Prize For Humor
(via NY Times)
Maybe this will be the thing that will have Eddie Murphy return to telling jokes on stage?
Following Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Neil Simon, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, and Jay Leno, Eddie Murphy will be the latest to receive the prestigious Mark Twain Prize For Humor from The Kennedy Center.
With a tribute on Spike TV, some touching remarks from Chris Rock at the SNL 40th Anniversary, and now this Mark Twain Prize, we wonder if there is a ratio of tribute specials to live comedy appearances where he does a little more than say thank you.
Looks Like Eddie Murphy Might Be Playing Richard Pryor’s Father in Upcoming Pryor Biopic
As it stands now, acclaimed director Lee Daniels might actually pull off doing a Richard Pryor biopic with Mike Epps starring as Pryor, Kate Hudson playing Jennifer Pryor, and Eddie Murphy, who idolized Pryor, playing Pryor’s father, LeRoy Pryor.
Currently, Eddie is in talks to play the role, but we’re glad to see that Eddie might be involved. Keep your fingers crossed that this attempt, out of the many attempts over the last several years, at Pryor movie actually sees the big screen.
SNL 40th Anniversary Will Bring Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Norm MacDonald, Kristen Wiig, and More Together
On Sun. Feb. 15th at 8PM, Saturday Night Live will celebrate their 40 years on NBC. They made some quick announcements during the Super Bowl of who will be appearing on this special anniversary episode spanning the entire generations of SNL including:
Bill Murray, Kristen Wiig, Laraine Newman, Eddie Murphy, Norm MacDonald, Peyton Manning, Fred Armisen, Chris Rock, Dana Carvey, Will Ferrell Seth Meyers, Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Garrett Morris, Amy Poehler, Steve Martin, Molly Shannon, Martin Short, Tom Hanks, Maya Rudolph, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Carrey, Alec Baldwin, Jason Sudeikis, David Spade, Paul Rudd, and Mike Myers.
There’s plenty of more names that were dropped and probably more to come.
We can’t even imagine what they’ll end up cutting for time.
Bill Burr on the One Time He Got Starstruck in Front of Eddie Murhpy
You’d like to think that are certain people that are impervious to getting starstruck, but someone like Bill Burr has had his moments. Apparently, he performed in front of Eddie Murphy and couldn’t handle the pressure.
Morning Debriefing 3/23/11
1) Wanna see a real roast where there are no celebrities who have jokes written for them? Check out Tess Barker’s Birthday Roast tonight for FREE to see how it’s really done as opposed to the Situation bombing on national television.
3) IFC is apparently happy enough with Scott Aukerman hosting of Comedy Death Ray featuring episodes of Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, and the like, and are now working on adapting Comedy Death Ray Radio into a series.
4) Michael Ian Black is pushing very hard to be the spokesperson for Taco Bell.
But, there’s already another comedian that already has a few spots with the “Bell”… Check out comedian Barry Rothbart stealing shrimp.
5) Tonight’s COMEDY CRAWL
The Fix Up Show w/J. Keith Van Straaten and Kevin Pollak @ ACME Comedy Theatre 8PM $12
An Hour of Mayhem w/TJ Miller @ Comedy Central Stages 8PM FREE
Meltdown @ Meltdown Comics 8:30PM $8
Tess Barker Birthday Roast @ Whitehorse Cocktail Lounge Inn 8:30PM FREE
The Self Help Comedy Hour @ Hollywood Improv Lab 8:30PM $5
The Watkins Family Hour @ Largo 8:30PM $25
The Ed Galvez Punk House @ Westside Comedy Theatre 9PM $8
The Mostly Normal Show @ Hollywood Improv Lab 10:30PM $5
The Anna Lee Lawson Comedy Hour @ Next Stage Theatre 11PM $5
6) OPEN MIC RUN
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CAFE MUSE 6547 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA/Sign-up (lottery) 8PM
LIBRARY A COFFEE HOUSE 3418 Broadway, Long Beach, CA/Sign-up 8PM/Starts 8:30PM
7) Eddie Murphy is going to be receive the Comedy Icon Award at the first annual comedy awards. Maybe with this distinction, he’ll start doing stand up again.
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