The Year of Eddie Murphy

It’s been 32 years since Eddie Murphy brought the role of the charming, but naive, African prince to life in “Coming to America.”


He just wrapped up filming the sequel, “Coming 2 America,” and hosted Saturday Night Live, which helped launch his comedy career, on Saturday, Dec. 21. His opening monologue was interrupted by Tracy Morgan, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, the latter of whom noted he stopped by solely because his kids love Lizzo, who was performing on the show. “My kids love Lizzo, too,” Murphy shot back.

Murphy joked about this career comeback(s), which also include a movie on Netflix called “Dolemite is my Name,” sharing that after the birth of his tenth child and first grandchild, he needed to go back to work, because “kids are expensive.”

It’s been well-documented that Murphy landed his first gig with Saturday Night Live when he was just out of high school - he called the talent coordinator three times a day until he landed an audition. Following four years on Saturday Night Live, Murphy starred as the Crown Prince of Zamunda in “Coming to America” in 1988, a role that he will reprise in December 2020. More film success followed with “48 Hours,” “Trading Places,” “Delirious,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Raw,” “Harlem Nights,” “Boomerang” and “The Nutty Professor.”