Eddie Murphy Plans a Stand-up Comedy Tour for 2020 - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine Summer 2019 Issue

Consider by some to be one of the greatest, if not, THE greatest comedian to ever do it, Eddie Murphy has his eyes on returning to do stand-up in 2020.

Billboard has reported that the Saturday Night Live alum has set his sights to go on the road next year. Murphy confirmed his intention for his imminent return in an interview with Krista Smith (Present Company with Krista Smith), “Next year I am going to tour, do some standup.”

This comes on the heels of his long awaited return to the vehicle that launched his very successful career. For the first time in 35 years, Murphy will make an appearance on Saturday Night Live on December 21, 2019. The premiere of the 45th season of the long running television show will take place, Saturday, September 28. Murphy’s last comedy special was 1987’s Raw, which took place four years after 1983’s Delirious.

The revered personality has been doing business with Netflix recently with an upcoming biopic, Dolemite Is My Name, slated for an October 25, 2019 release. The film tells the true story of Blaxploitation era comedian and actor Rudy Ray Moore and his foray with his kung fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite. The movie also stars Keegan-Micheal Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, and Wesley Snipes. Murphy is rumored to have a $70 million deal with Netflix to produce a number of comedy specials.

While Murphy was on another Netflix show, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he mentions doing stand-up eventually. “I’m going to do it again. Everything just has to be right. You have to get up there and start working it out.”

No doubt Murphy has been busy as of late. He is currently filming the sequel to one of his most loved movies, Coming to America. Coming 2 America is currently scheduled for an August 7, 2020 release date. And while we are on the subject of sequels, according to Movieweb, he will also appear with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in the third film in the Twins franchise, named Triplets. And yes, he will play the brother of the film’s stars.