For the first time ever, Eddie Murphy sat down for his very first conversation on a podcast. For The Hollywood Reporter’s new episode of ‘Awards Chatter’, Eddie sat down with host Scott Feinberg to run down his life, career, topics in Hollywood, and more. The conversation starts off with highlighting how Murphy first got his start in comedy in New York, to gaining his chops at SNL. About halfway through the interview is when we ultimately learned why Murphy decided to start stand-up all together.
Scott F: I just wondered why did you decide to walk away from stand-up, what are the chances that you would do it again?..
I had stopped doing standup because it had stopped being fun, and the reason it stopped being fun was it was harder to write — and this is before the internet — it was harder to write new stuff. It had gotten so crazy. Like if I went to the club and tried out a bit, the next day it could be like “Oh I saw Eddie was onstage at the so-and-so and he said yada yada” and I’d be like “Man, I ain’t even finished that bit yet!” And it’d be people talking about it: “What’d you think of that new joke?” And it was like “What the f*ck?” And this was years ago it started, so it was like “ Maybe I’ll take a little break from stand-up.” And then the break got longer, then the whole Def Jam thing started with those comedians, and the whole comedy scene just turned into this big other thing. For years I’d been procrastinating about it going “Oh I’ll do standup again,” and it just got to, all of a sudden, I’m this far away from it. But honestly, now I really am curious about doing it again because it’s been so long and so much has changed and I’m such a different person. I’m curious as to what it would be like if I got onstage. But, if I do that, whoever comes to see it has to sit through a bunch of my shitty songs. You have to hear my shitty songs in-between the jokes… [Laughs]
The conversation then followed with Murphy dealing with some movie flops which he says were all hits since he received some big pay days for them. You can listen here.
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