Eddie Murphy Gives Glimpse of New Stand-Up Material

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After recently announcing he’s planning a stand-up return, Eddie Murphy revealed he’s been banking new material over the past few years.

The comedian told The New York Times in a Sept.  26 article, he started recording new joke ideas about three years ago.

“I now have a whole lifetime of experiences to draw upon,” Murphy said about the new material. “There was a time when I was at the center of everything, what I was doing, and how funny I was and how popular. I’m not at the center. Now my kids are and everything revolves around them.”

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Netflix will reportedly pay the comedy legend around $70 million for a undisclosed number of specials.

Murphy said he’s locked in nearly 20 minutes of good material, and plans to spend the next several months working on a 90 minute set he can take on the road.

The new jokes probably won’t be as edgy as his stand-up routines from the 1980s. The actor and comedian said he’s evolved since then, and isn’t exactly proud of some of the punchlines he delivered in Raw.

“I was a young guy processing a broken heart, you know, kind of an asshole,” he said about the 1987 standup film.

Murphy now admits some of his old jokes make him cringe.

“That’s a bit much, my goodness,” he said about his old stand-up routine, which included homophobic jokes.

Murphy’s comeback officially kicked off earlier this month, at the Toronto International Film Festival with the premiere of Dolemite Is My Name.

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He stars in the Netflix biopic about comedian, movie producer and rap pioneer Rudy Ray Moore. When Hollywood shuts him out, Moore comes up with an outrageous alter-ego and strikes out on his own to make the 1975 blaxploitation film Dolemite.

The Craig Brewer-directed Netflix film got strong reviews in Toronto, with Owen Gleiberman of Variety calling it “a total motherf-kin’ blast.”

Soraya Nadia McDonald of The Undefeated described the film as “a breath of fresh air,” and Adriana Gomez-Weston of AwardsCircuit.com said Dolemite is “Eddie Murphy’s triumphant return.”