With the sequel of Coming to America arriving in theaters next year and an imminent return to the same Saturday Night Live stage that transformed him into a household name, it’s safe to say that Eddie Murphy’s long-overdue comeback is in full swing. But it appears our patience will be rewarded with more than just new films and comedy skits, as the Boomerang star will be making his triumphant return to stand-up comedy.
Deadline reports that the 58-year-old multihyphenate dropped the news on a recent episode of the podcast Present Company with Krista Smith.
“Next year, in 2020, I’m going to go on the road and do some stand-up,” he said, before joking that it was time to get off the couch.
Details on the tour remain scarce, but it’s safe to assume it’s related to his rumored $70 million deal with Netflix to produce an unspecified number of comedy specials. It’s also possible that his recent role as legendary stand-up comedian Rudy Ray Moore in the upcoming film Dolemite Is My Name sparked his desire to reclaim his throne as the King of Comedy.
“I wanted to have a movie that was really, really funny,” he noted.
And with iconic specials like Raw and Delirious cementing his status as one of the greatest to ever touch a microphone, we’re expecting much of the same from his return to stand-up comedy.