We’re not sure if we’re being greedy, but Eddie Murphy’s appearance on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special was entirely too short. On second thought – no, it was short, and Eddie Murphy fans all over the world are replaying his clip and wishing it was longer.
For an SNL legend (and arguably the greatest cast member in the show’s history), Murphy’s brief acknowledgment of the show’s hat-tip was just not enough. But, he was given a notable introduction by – who else? – Chris Rock. Pointing to Murphy as the reason why he didn’t end up as “the funny UPS driver in Queens,” and why Tina Fey didn’t become the “funniest English professor at Drexel University,” Rock commemorated Murphy’s genius properly, with an anecdote that was anything but “proper.”
“He came out and did a yo mama joke. I’m serious. This was on national TV. He came out and he said, ‘Your mama got a mouth on the back of her neck and the bitch chew like this,’” Rock recalled, tilting his neck backward.
After making it clear to the star-studded crowd that “there is no next Eddie Murphy,” Rock cleared the stage for the man himself, who left us wanting so much more.
“This show is such a big part of who I am and my life, and I’m so happy to be back here and it’s just a magical feeling,” he said. “Actually, it feels like going back to my old high school kind of. It’s a good feeling. I’m really happy that so many people here value the stuff that I did 35 years ago on the show. It really makes me really happy.”
Smile-worthy for sure, but not as laughable as anticipated. Press play above and get your (very) quick Eddie Murphy SNL fix.