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Eddie Murphy Returns!

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Fall 2019 looks very promising for Eddie Murphy fans as he embarks on a series of projects that will remind fans why they’ve been his fans for the last three decades and win over a new generation of fans.

Asked why he’s coming back in a funny R-rated movie…“I didn’t want to just pop back up. I wanted a funny movie to remind them that they (fans) liked me. This movie turned out so strong that I figured this is a great way to come back.”

His first Netflix movie, “Dolemite Is My Name” will be available on October 25. It’s receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of Rudy Ray Moore.

For those unfamiliar with Moore, he was a struggling performer who developed a unique comedian persona called Dolemite — a rapping, wildly dressed, pimp-like character with a raunchy act that was definitely not ready primetime. This biopic will follow his journey from unknown comic to Moore becoming one of the first blaxploitation stars of the 1970s. Check out the trailer.

In December, he’ll return to host SNL for the first time in 35 years! General consensus among SNL fans is that he is one of the greatest cast members in the show’s history. His body of work on SNL is legendary and probably the best place to showcase his incredible talent for impressions, timing and unique characters that injected a racial social POV to the show. He managed to be funny and cool at the same time - first ‘Rock n Roll’ comedian - who dominated the stand-up comedy world in the 1980s and movie stardom for the next three decades.

In some interviews promoting Dolemite, he teases he’ll bring back some of his iconic characters – Mister Robinson, Gumby and maybe Buckwheat!

After SNL, he will revisit some of more his iconic movie characters – Prince Akeem in Coming to America sequel followed by Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop 4.

Finally in 2020, he will make good on his word and return to stand up. Apparently, he’s been working on material for the last three years and may be ready to start workshopping it to get it ready for a comedy tour and Netflix comedy special. Hopefully he won’t wear a leather suit. Can’t wait!