Eddie Murphy Ready to Do “SNL” Again? His Top 3 SNL Characters

November 3, 2011  |  

You think of Saturday Night Live back in the early ’80s, and there is no way you can’t think of Eddie Murphy. The comedian with that unmistakable chuckle owned that show, and helped pull out of the depths of…un-funniness. But after he left the show, Murphy said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone that they were less than warming and kind to him:

“They were s***** to me on ‘Saturday Night Live’ a couple of times after I’d left the show. They said some s***** things.”

A s***** thing in his opinion included a joke done during a “Weekend Update” segment in the early ’90s, where cast member David Spade showed Murphy’s picture from the movie A Vampire in Brooklyn and said, “Look, children, a falling star.” Ouch. But hey, the movie was on the wack side.

But on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this morning, the legendary comedian revealed that his beef with the show, which has kept him from appearing on the show for 25 long years, is over on his end.

“It was couple….Over the years…they did little S*@#*& stuff where I was like, hey, F*&#$ y’all. I’m not trippin. It was years ago. I don’t have any bad blood with that show. And that show is such a big part of my past. I love being part of it. Yeah, I wanna go back.”

Yikes! I think we get what you’re saying Eddie. If Murphy does return to the show for hosting duties or just simply to pop up as a special guest in a skit, he better be funny! The guy is behind some of the most iconic and crazy characters the show has seen, so the pressure would be on. But we’d love to see him back!

Until then, here’s a quick summary of our top three characters played by Murphy during his successful Saturday Night Live days:

Mr. Robinson:

If you were ever wondering what Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood would have been like if the star were black, Murphy answered that question for you. From his hilarious take on the “Wont You Be My Neighbor” song (“I hope I get to move in your neighborhood someday, problem is when I move in, ya’ll move away!”), to the oh-so-polite way he answers the door (“WHO IS IT!?”), Mr. Robinson had problems, and he was a classic character.

James Brown:

OMG. The “Celebrity Hot Tub” party is one of the funniest things ever! His impression of Brown’s voice is so awesome it’s not even funny, and topping it off in his golden skivvies and that wig, it’s a mess that must be seen. And can we talk about his foot shuffling? I know James Brown saw this and had to have a laugh, himself! Classic. “Rub-a-dub in the hot tub!”


But of course. Murphy killed as the grown-up version of the lone-black “Little Rascals” character, homeboy still touting his speech problems, big hair, and charisma. From singing “Looking For Love in All the Wrong Places” like “Lookapunubinawdawongpaces,” Murphy didn’t have to do much to make this character all too funny. The comedian would later get hellas of tired of playing the role and staged the death of the character during an episode of SNL. And as “sad” as it was, it was still funny.

What is your favorite SNL character played by Eddie Murphy?

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