Eddie Murphy is in the midst of a professional comeback and what many of his hardcore fans most want to see is the comedian return back to the stage to tell jokes.
He’s arguably one of the most vulgar and boundary-pushing comedians around.
It may come as a surprise that one of the people to encourage Murphy to get back into standup comedy was former President Barack Obama. What makes the encouragement more bizarre is that the former president told Murphy to make a comeback while he was still in office.
Murphy, 58, told USA Today that he felt a bit of an obligation to return to his standup comedy routes after talking to Obama before the “48 Hrs.” star received the Mark Twain Prize for Humor in 2015.
When Obama spoke with the megastar, he reportedly had two questions for him.
The first was: what hair rinse are you using?
The second was: “And ‘When are you doing comedy again?'” Murphy revealed.
“I was like, ‘That’s your question?’ When you go into the Oval Office and the president asks when are you doing stand-up, it’s time to do some jokes,” he added.
Murphy previously told Extra TV in 2015 that Obama jokingly issued an “executive order” for him to return to standup comedy.
Murphy clearly wasn’t in a rush as he isn’t expected to start telling jokes on stages again until next year.
Obama’s encouragement for Murphy to return to standup may come as a surprise to the modern left — if they bother to notice — as Murphy has recently become the target of some woke comedy mobs angry over early vulgar jokes he made in his routines that regularly targeted homosexuals.
Right on schedule, Murphy has already been apologizing for the humor in his standup comedy specials like “Raw.”
“I was a young guy processing a broken heart, you know, kind of an a**hole,” he recently explained to The New York Times about the now-controversial jokes.
“I now have a whole lifetime of experiences to draw upon,” he added. “There was a time when I was at the center of everything, what I was doing, and how funny I was and how popular … I’m not at the center. Now my kids are and everything revolves around them.”
He also called his early jokes about homosexuality and AIDS “ignorant.”
Many have criticized Murphy for not sticking to his guns when it comes to his brand of humor:
I always loved Eddie because he was fearless. He was up there with Rickles, Carlin and Pryor.
I don’t accept his apology because Eddie Murphy has nothing to apologize for. https://t.co/I6bN8IEdNm
— VegasCharlie (@DrunkenRed6) September 29, 2019
I’m taking back the apology for Eddie Murphy https://t.co/SqaEL2NEOD
— Lekan Orimogunje ? (@longlivelekan) September 27, 2019
Don’t apologize for giving us gold
— AJ Jones (@DirtRockwell) September 27, 2019
I wonder if Richard Pryor would have apologized for his material
— Lavern Davis Jr (@LavernDavisJr1) September 27, 2019
I bet 99% of the people offended were not alive when these were filmed and only know Eddie as Donkey
— jay suyeishi (@SuyeishiHockey) September 27, 2019
Though he’s been largely absent from the public eye for years now, Murphy is in the middle of a serious professional comeback. He can soon be seen in the highly-praised Netflix movie “Dolemite Is My Name,” a biopic about blaxploitation star Rudy Ray Moore.
He is also currently working on “Coming 2 America,” the long-awaited sequel to one of his biggest hits, “Coming to America.” Murphy has promised that after that film, he will be focusing his attention on a fourth installment in the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise.
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