Eddie Murphy has been gearing up to make a big comeback with a highly anticipated sequel on the way and a return to the Saturday Night Live stage as host in December for the first time in 35 years.
And now there’s news that the iconic comedian is also planning to return to his comedy roots with a new standup tour in 2020.
Murphy revealed in a Netflix podcast, Present Company with Krista Smith, that he plans to do a comedy tour, saying: “… and then next year in 2020 I’m going to go on the road and do some stand-up.”
He did not offer up any further details about his plan, but since this interview was with the Netflix podcast, one can only assume that the rumored deal may prove to be true in the coming months.
The return to stand-up comedy is only one part of what appears to be a major comeback brewing for him. In addition to two new movies in the works — Dolemite Is My Name and Coming to America 2.
When looking at Delirious and Raw, which are some of the most influential comedy specials in history, there’s a lot of content that would be considered taboo today. The comedic landscape is much different than it was in the 1980s and one would have to think to observe it and thinking about a new special would be daunting to Eddie Murphy, who was a perfectionist on the stage.
Fellow comedian Dave Chappelle just hit some backlash for his latest Netflix special and he really doesn’t seem to care. Whatever the case may be, Murphy says he’s returning to the stage, which is huge news. But one can’t help but wonder what an Eddie Murphy routine in 2020 will be like.