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Eddie Murphy on His Return to Stand-up

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Oct 25, 2019

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  • Wow.
  • I have to tell you, I'm so excited that you're here.
  • I really am.
  • Thank you for coming. - Thank you.
  • It's great to have you here.
  • You were born here in Brooklyn.
  • Born right here in Brooklyn.
  • Mhm.
  • Grew up here.
  • You live where?
  • What part of the city--
  • of the borough did you live in?
  • - I lived in Bushwick. - In Bushwick?
  • Yeah.
  • OK.
  • Right on-- on Linden Street, between Bushwick and Broadway.
  • What did you like to do when you
  • were a kid, growing up here?
  • I think you moved to Long Island when you were 11, right?
  • - 10. - 10 years old?
  • OK.
  • What would you do?
  • What what were your activities?
  • What were you into? - Out here?
  • Yeah.
  • Just the basic stuff.
  • You know, back then we used to play in the street,
  • play Skelly, and--
  • Mhm.
  • You know, and hot peas and butter.
  • Do they still play hot peas and butter?
  • Do you-- did y'all play--
  • No, we didn't play hot peas-- what is hot peas and butter?
  • That's when you would take a-- take, like, a belt,
  • and you would, like, hide it somewhere, and everybody
  • would try to look for it.
  • And when they get closer, you'd go, oh, you're getting hot.
  • You're getting hot.
  • And then when they find it, they'd say hot peas and butter,
  • and they could whip. And--
  • Now I know why we didn't play it.
  • Yeah.
  • Very-- very violent street game.
  • So if you found the belt, you would get whipped with it?
  • No, everybody has to run back to the base, and anyone
  • that you caught, you could beat them with the belt.
  • Yeah, now that would be on the news
  • if you did something like that.
  • And would you go, like, to Carvel, or Nathan's?
  • Or--
  • I went to Carvel's when we went out to Long Island.
  • Out here, we didn't go to Carvel's.
  • JIMMY KIMMEL: No Carvel's?
  • We've been to Nathan's, and--
  • Coney Island.
  • Would you go on the rides at Coney Island?
  • - Oh, yeah. - Yeah, really?
  • Yeah?
  • The Hell-- they had the Hellhole back then.
  • That thing-- we'd stand, and it would spin in a circle.
  • And it would press you to the wall.
  • Then afterwards, you'd throw up.
  • JIMMY KIMMEL: Right.
  • Say, well, that's why they call it the Hellhole.
  • They sell more hot dogs that way, I think.
  • Would you get in fights when you were a kid here in Brooklyn?
  • Was there a lot of fighting on your block?
  • Because on my block, there was nonstop fighting all the time.
  • - Yeah, we got into fights. - Yeah?
  • And you-- if you've lived in Brooklyn,
  • you've been jumped before, too.
  • We got jumped.
  • Me and Charlie got jumped in--
  • back in the '60s and early '70s, they
  • had these can Kangol hats--
  • these beaver hats.
  • And you would-- back then, you would take baby oil
  • and put it on your hat, and you would just set on it,
  • and just keep smoothing your hat out.
  • And it was cool.
  • And me and Charlie--
  • I had a blue one, and Charlie had a green one.
  • And they jumped us on the bus stop,
  • and they stomped our beavers.
  • They were so jealous, they beat us up and stomped them.
  • Isn't that a weird thing they would do?
  • They wouldn't even steal stuff.
  • On my block, they'd steal your sneakers,
  • and then they'd tie the laces together,
  • and they'd throw them up onto power--
  • Yeah.
  • And then you'd have to walk by your own shoes all the time.
  • It's especially humiliating.
  • Yeah.
  • I didn't know this about you, and this
  • delights me to no end--
  • when did you start doing ventriloquism?
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • That was actually the first thing
  • I asked my mother for when I was about eight years old.
  • I asked for a ventriloquist dummy.
  • Was it a Charlie McCarthy dummy?
  • No, no.
  • It was a dummy called Willie Talk.
  • - Willie Talk? - It's Willie Talk.
  • OK.
  • And his eyes didn't move, though.
  • He was just looking straight out.
  • And you would do who?
  • Like, friends and stuff like that?
  • No, I would try to, you know, make my-- you know,
  • talk and not move my lips.
  • And could you do that?
  • Talk without moving your lips?
  • I was pretty good. I was pretty good.
  • You were?
  • Not good enough to, you know, follow it.
  • Yeah, right.
  • Probably a good idea that you didn't follow it.
  • But do you do that anymore?
  • You entertain your children with this sort of stuff?
  • I have two ventriloquist dummies now.
  • You do?
  • Yes.
  • But they're of people that I know.
  • Like, I have a couple of friends that are characters.
  • And if I could do, like, their voice--
  • like, I have a singer named Val Young.
  • Used to sing with Rick James.
  • I could do, like, her voice.
  • So I had a ventriloquist dummy made that looks just like her.
  • So we'll go on trips sometimes, I'll pull the dummy out,
  • she'll be talking, and I'll be doing--
  • Does Val--
  • It's very, very funny.
  • - Does Val like the dummy? - She loves it.
  • She loves it?
  • She doesn't call it the dummy, though.
  • She'll go, go bring out the Val doll.
  • It's like, that's not a doll.
  • This is a ventriloquist's dummy.
  • Who's the--
  • Where's the Val doll?
  • Who's the other dummy in your life?
  • Paul Mooney.
  • I have a Paul Mooney doll.
  • Paul Mooney?
  • I have a little Paul Mooney ventriloquist,
  • so I'll do him while he's there, and I do the dummy talk.
  • And if you're part of the little circle, it's very funny.
  • You will get-- yeah.
  • What was Paul's reaction when you produced
  • the dummy for the first time?
  • Oh, he said, [BLEEP],, you're crazy.
  • You have lost your [BLEEP] mind.
  • That's what he said.
  • Earlier this year, I was at a party at your house.
  • And thank you for--
  • I don't know if you invited me or not, but I came.
  • Ah.
  • I was very excited to be there.
  • And embarrassingly, I was the first one to show up.
  • No, you weren't. There was other people there.
  • I was the first one. Yeah.
  • There were-- the people who were there
  • were there, like, kind of hanging out with you
  • to start with.
  • And I walked in, and you and Arsenio
  • were watching YouTube videos.
  • And I was just, like, oh, my god.
  • This is just what I prayed it would be like.
  • And there were quite a few comedians there.
  • Chris Rock was there, Dave Chappelle was there.
  • Jamie Foxx. - Sacha Baron--
  • Sacha Baron Cohen was there.
  • And do you-- are you aware of how, like, giddy
  • we were to be in your house?
  • Well, it was a party.
  • I didn't know they were just giddy for--
  • Yeah, no, we were giddy to be in your house.
  • And we had conversations about it.
  • And it's funny to be with, like, Chris Rock, who you know, is--
  • you know, is unbelievable-- or Dave Chapelle.
  • These guys who are like, oh, my god,
  • I can't believe we're in Eddie Murphy's house.
  • They've been in my house before.
  • He still can't believe it.
  • Did-- so you--
  • I guess-- yeah.
  • [APLAUSE]
  • And one of the things that we're all excited about
  • is this idea that you are planning
  • to return to stand up comedy.
  • Yes.
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • Which is a little bit like hearing Michael Jordan's going
  • to play basketball again, but without the physical element
  • there.
  • And I mean because, you know, you really--
  • I'm sure you're aware of how much you mean to everyone,
  • especially of a certain age group
  • that I happen to be on one end of.
  • Are you worried that you cannot live up to this--
  • this thing you have-- you created?
  • Naw, I don't be worrying about stuff like that.
  • Like, I'm-- I'm not gonna--
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • I'm-- I tend to think constructively when
  • I'm thinking about something creative, if I'm doing
  • something creative. I'll think about--
  • I want to think--
  • I'm thinking about how--
  • making it as funny as possible, because I want to shut
  • [BLEEP] down when I do it.
  • So I don't be going--
  • I don't be thinking, like, oh, what's going to happen?
  • What are they going to say?
  • And are they going to put me put me onto YouTube?
  • Or are they going to--
  • That's just part of the world now.
  • Are you the kind of person who will
  • walk out in front of an audience and spot
  • one woman who's not laughing?
  • And then--
  • Who's not laughing?
  • Her name is Ann.
  • She's-- she's laughing now, but I got nothing from her before.
  • EDDIE MURPHY: Where is she?
  • She's right there.
  • All right.
  • We're going to take a break.
  • When we come back, we're going to see
  • a clip from Eddie's great new movie, "Dolemite Is My Name."
  • Eddie Murphy, everybody.
  • We'll be right back.
  • Action.
  • Hold it, Dolemite.
  • What do you want?
  • FBI.
  • What do you want, man?
  • Where's your warrant at?
  • This badge is my warrant.
  • Open up the trunk.
  • It ain't mine.
  • I don't know how it got in.
  • You're going to jail for a long time.
  • You're gonna have to take me!
  • [GRUNTING]
  • Cut! Cut.
  • Cut.
  • That is Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes
  • in "Dolemite Is My Name."
  • It is on Netflix now.
  • It is in movie theaters, too.
  • Oh, what a funny-- well, explain to the white people
  • who don't know who Dolemite is.
  • Dolemite is this character that a comedian named
  • Rudy Ray Moore came up with.
  • And Rudy Ray Moore is a comedian from the '70s.
  • Like, this underground comic, and that I
  • was just been a fan of for years.
  • You loved him.
  • You and your brother used to watch him.
  • Not just-- he has, like, a little cult following
  • of people that, like--
  • his movie started out--
  • they were kind of, like, stoner pictures.
  • Like, people would smoke weed and watch his movies,
  • and be like, hey, look, you can see the microphone
  • come in the shot.
  • You know?
  • So that's why people started watching him early on.
  • Then it kind of developed into--
  • when I started making movies, I had
  • a whole different appreciation for him.
  • I was like, yo, this guy--
  • he financed these movies himself,
  • and he kind of put it all together himself.
  • And he did his records the same way.
  • And he became, like, one of my heroes.
  • It is an inspirational story.
  • He's a totally inspirational figure.
  • This is a guy who's determined to be successful,
  • and he tried as a musician, and as a dancer,
  • and then he just found his thing playing
  • this character, Dolemite, and really did risk everything.
  • - Everything. - And you met--
  • you've been trying to make this for a long time, right?
  • How long?
  • Yeah, I met him-- about 15 years ago,
  • I approached him about it.
  • And he-- he was like, man, let's go on tour together.
  • They want to see us on stage, man.
  • Why do you think he wasn't interested in you playing him?
  • I think the idea of a movie about him
  • just sounded ridiculous to him.
  • It was like--
  • How could anything sound ridiculous to him?
  • But the idea was--
  • we're going to make a Hollywood movie about how you did--
  • how you made Dolemite, and all--
  • to him, at the moment, that sounded like--
  • that's not something that's going to happen.
  • Wow, really?
  • Even with you? - No.
  • It was, you know--
  • I think I might have just been coming off a movie
  • like "Pluto Nash," too.
  • He was like, man, they ain't making no movie like that.
  • Let's go on tour together.
  • So you got stiffed by Dolemite?
  • Wow.
  • Yeah, because the movie--
  • I went and watched the original, and that scene
  • is almost identical to the scene in the real movie.
  • Yeah, it's a bunch of stuff.
  • We went to the same locations and--
  • we went-- we shot--
  • we had the exact outfits, and cars, and it's just--
  • Craig Brewer, who directed it, just really did a spot--
  • It's really, really good.
  • And Wesley Snipes is great in it, too.
  • He is so funny in this movie.
  • Now, you're a mysterious man.
  • You're aware of that, right? Because you--
  • Am I mysterious?
  • Yes, you are mysterious.
  • You are.
  • So I want to run through a few random questions,
  • if you'd be so kind as to solve these mysteries for us.
  • You turned down the chance to be part of "We Are The World,"
  • in the "We Are The World Video."
  • Is that true?
  • Well, I didn't turn it down.
  • I was doing something else, and Stevie--
  • I was in Stevie Wonder's studio, and I
  • was working on some music.
  • And he was like, hey, come over, we're doing this thing.
  • You know?
  • And I was like, hey, man, I'm recording this song,
  • "Party All The Time."
  • [AUDIENCE CHEERING]
  • So I was doing some other--
  • then they called-- then I realized afterwards what it
  • was, and I felt like an idiot.
  • Right before you guys got "SNL."
  • They did this real heavy song in "We Are The World,"
  • and my song is party all the time!
  • Shake your ass!
  • Shake it!
  • You were fired from a job at McDonald's.
  • True?
  • No, I quit that job.
  • You quit the job at McDonald's?
  • I was fired from Chandler's Shoes.
  • Chandler's Shoes?
  • Yes, that's right.
  • Is this right before "SNL?"
  • - Oh, yeah, right before "SNL." - Yeah.
  • A year before.
  • And you're going to be returning
  • to host SNL for the first time in how many years?
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 35 years.
  • First time in 35 years?
  • That's going to be something great, hu?
  • I hope so.
  • I hope so, too.
  • Have you started thinking of-- will you do
  • any of your classic characters?
  • I hope so.
  • Yeah, I would imagine I'd do some of that stuff.
  • Yeah, but that show, you can't really prepare.
  • You can't prepare.
  • It happens on the Monday, and it's over on Saturday.
  • You can't really get ready for it.
  • But Gumby is timeless, really.
  • Oh, yeah, I'm gonna do Gumby.
  • And I want-- I'm trying to figure out
  • some reason to do Velvet Jones.
  • Oh, yes.
  • Velvet Jones.
  • And Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood.
  • One of those.
  • Oh, my gosh.
  • Well there's, certainly been a resurgence of Mr. Rogers
  • in the recent years, so I don't see why you couldn't
  • do something like that.
  • Yeah, exactly.
  • And a funny Buckwheat sketch.
  • Are you aware--
  • do you read the reviews of your movies?
  • - No, I don't-- - You do not?
  • Well, you should on this one, because it's, like,
  • 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, and people are saying you might
  • win an Oscar for this role.
  • Oh, that's great.
  • So that's good.
  • That's good.
  • Well, I have to say, it is so exciting to have you here.
  • Especially here in Brooklyn.
  • And I really appreciate it.
  • And I think I speak on behalf of everyone
  • that we are thrilled that you are back
  • and making movies, and doing stand up comedy,
  • and giving us your all.
  • Really is-- that's all we want, is everything.
  • Eddie Murphy, everybody.
  • "Dolemite Is My Name."
  • It's in theaters and on Netflix.
  • We'll be right back, from Brooklyn.

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Eddie talks about growing up in Brooklyn, getting into street fights, doing ventriloquism as a kid, Jimmy going to his house for a party, returning to stand-up comedy, the great reviews and Oscar buzz he’s getting for his new movie Dolemite Is My Name, and hosting SNL for the first time in 35 years.

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