In a recent appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Eddie Murphy - one of the greatest living stand-up comedians - says he "might" get back into the game.
The moment came mid-interview, when Kimmel asked Murphy about the acceptance speech he delivered while accepting last year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. That speech - six straight minutes of Eddie Murphy doing what he does best - had some fans wondering if a return to the stand-up stage wasn't in the cards. That led to the following exchange:
Kimmel: Doing stand-up is...people think you can just walk up on-stage and do it, but there's like a whole lead-up to it.
Murphy: Oh, yeah. You gotta go back to the clubs, work out. All that stuff.
Kimmel: And you're not doing that stuff.
Murphy: But I might.
The audience goes bananas, and then Murphy says:
I haven't done it in so long, and I'm curious now because so much has changed. I'm like, what would even come out? I don't even know what I would be like.
You can see this entire back and forth in the video below.
On the one hand, the mere suggestion that Eddie Murphy might return to stand-up is worth getting excited about. It's been years and years since Murphy took the stage, and - as Murphy himself points out - much curiosity exists as to what a modern-day Eddie Murphy stand-up set might even sound like (for our younger readers: Murphy is one of the funniest comics ever to wield a mic, but the material he performed during his golden age would be, by 2016 standards, problematic af).
On the other hand: is Eddie Murphy - an actor now known for taking the easiest possible route to a paycheck, for being so impatient that he'll retreat to his trailer and allow a stand-in to film his scenes whenever a director's camera isn't pointed directly at him - really willing to put in the effort to mount a stand-up comeback? Is Eddie Murphy going to pop up unexpectedly at the Comedy Store for months on end, honing new material and rediscovering his voice? Quite frankly, it's hard to imagine.
All of that said, nothing in this world would make me happier than to see Eddie Murphy back onstage, doing what he was born to do. I would pay great sums of money to see that with my own two eyeballs, and - as unlikely as it seems - I'm willing to hold out hope that such a thing might come to pass. Worst case scenario, I continue being disappointed by Eddie Murphy.
What do you guys think?