Eddie Murphy flat out refused to do his legendary Bill Cosby impression on the ‘Saturday Night Live’ 40th anniversary special. But he had no problem busting it out while accepting the Mark Twain Prize on Oct. 19, performing first stand-up set in nearly three decades! Click to watch!
When Eddie Murphy, 54, was king of comedy, there was no line he would not cross. The star of the iconic Raw and Delirious stand-up specials was as controversial as he was hilarious. Eddie brought the controversy back by doing his Bill Cosby impression, months after he wouldn’t do it on Saturday Night Live!
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Eddie received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 19, reports Entertainment Weekly. While accepting the distinguished honor, Eddie gave what was his first stand-up set in over 28 years. During his speech, he did what he wouldn’t do at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special and take a shot at Bill Cosby.
“Bill has one of these,” Eddie said. “Did you all make Bill give his back? I know there was a big outcry from people — they were trying to get Bill to give his trophies back. You know you f*cked up when they want you to give your trophies back.” While the audience laughed at this job, Eddie wasn’t done. In fact, he was just beginning.
After suggesting that Bill should hold a show where he’d “just come out and talk crazy,” he finally broke into his iconic Cosby impression: “I would like to talk to some of the people who feel that I should give back my trophies!” He did the impression again in his speech, according to the Washington Post.
If portraying an accused serial rapist wasn’t controversial enough, Eddie did his impression at this high-brow ceremony when he shot down doing it for the February SNL 40 special. Eddie was supposed to play Bill during a “Celebrity Jeopardy” skit, reports Variety, but he pulled out of the bit at the last minute.
When asked why he said no, Eddie said that there would be “nothing funny” about doing the impression. “If you…crack jokes about him, you’re just hurting people,” Eddie said.
“You’re hurting him. You’re hurting his accusers,” he added. Bill even thanked Eddie for not doing his impression. It seems that nearly eight months later, Eddie’s okay with cracking jokes about Bill and his many, many rape accusations now.
What do you think about Eddie breaking out this impression, HollywoodLifers? Are you upset he didn’t do it for SNL?
— Jason Brow