Eddie Murphy Cracks Cosby Jokes, Does Short Impersonation at Mark Twain Award Ceremony


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On Sunday evening, the legendary Eddie Murphy accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and, much to the delight of the crowd and, ostensibly, the internet, broke out into an impromptu Bill Cosby impersonation.

Tenderly touching the head of the award he’d just received, Murphy playfully thought out loud, “Bill has one of these,” before inquiring as to whether or not Cosby had been asked to return it, considering the amount of support he lost after women, in droves, flocked to various media outlets and the internet to allege that Cosby had sexually assaulted them.


Shortly after that, Murphy quickly adopted Cosby’s patented high-pitched, deliberate cadence, and pretended to be the 78-year old comedian firing shots at everyone that criticized him since his rape allegations re-emerged.

According to The Washington Post, that included a swipe at Hannibal Buress, known for being the comedian that helped usher Cosby’s sexual assault issues back into the media’s crosshairs.

“If I ever see or meet this Hannibal Buress in person, I am going to try and kill this man!”

You can watch a brief video of the night’s festivities, including a clip of Murphy’s impersonation, above.