I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, or who you’re voting for come November. If you live on this planet, and you’ve seen any movies of any sort, chances are you have– at one point or another– laughed your arse off during an Eddie Murphy film. Yes– he’s kind of a weirdo, yes– he has hella kids, and yes– he was inexplicably dating Rocsi Diaz for a while. And then there was that whole Daddy Day Care movement and before that Pluto Nash or whatever. But so what?! He’s also brought us Coming To America, Harlem Nights, The Nutty Professor (my absolute fave movie when I was, like, 12), and a gabillion other things that made life happy. And he’s still got the highest-grossing stand-up comedy routine ever (Raw). Which is why I was thrilled to hear that a bunch of comedians (including Tracy Morgan, Arsenio Hall, and Chris Rock) are coming together to give props where props are due in an upcoming Eddie Murphy special on Spike TV. Click inside to learn more!
Here’s the announcement from Spike TV via Indiewire:
New York, NY – October 11, 2012 – Some of Hollywood’s biggest names will turn out to toast their friend for “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,” the first-ever televised tribute to the comedic superstar. The celebrity lineup features many of Murphy’s peers and co-stars including: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Tracy Morgan, Arsenio Hall, Brett Ratner, Charlie Murphy, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Martin Lawrence. “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” will tape on Saturday, November 3 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles and will air on Wednesday, November 14.
The exclusive Spike TV event, produced in conjunction with Don Mischer Productions, will include short films, musical performances, sketch comedy and will culminate in an appearance by Murphy. “There is no better time than the present to honor a man who has for three decades touched the hearts of millions through laughter,” says Murphy’s brother and Executive Producer Vernon Lynch.
“Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” will pay homage to Murphy’s journey from a 15-year-old aspiring comedian, to the record-breaking “Raw,” which remains the highest grossing stand-up film of all time, to his indelible characters and impressions from “Saturday Night Live” including Buckwheat, Gumby, Mr. Robinson and James Brown.
The special marks 30 years since the release of the groundbreaking stand-up concert film “Delirious,” and the classic film “48 Hrs.,” which featured the breakout performances that made him one of the biggest superstars in the world.
First of all, I love when people are celebrated for the achievements while they’re still here to enjoy it. Plus, this line-up is craaayyy! Tracy Morgan and Charlie Murphy are going to be in the same place at the same damn time; it’s gonna be the best day ever.
So yeah, I will definitely be tuning in. Because of the aforementioned comedians. And because of this madness (most of which is NSFW):
Actually, this isn’t one of his jokes. But it’s still one of the funniest things did he ever did. Ever: