Eddie Murphy had a comeback this year, returning to his brash comedy roots with Netflix’s “Dolemite Is My Name” which has scored some of the year’s best reviews.
On top of that, Murphy himself just hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time in nearly four decades with the episode already drawing much acclaim.
Murphy has also recently announced his return to stand-up and spoke with Deadline this past week about that, saying he’s never going to change his comedic style just to avoid offending people or being accused of culturally insensitivity – and he thinks that his fans will understand why:
“I think if you watch Dolemite, it’s pretty clear that I’m not tiptoeing around anything. I’m doing what I’ve always done and I don’t even think about the time period we’re in, and how thin people’s skins have gotten or anything like that. I’m the same guy I’ve always been, and I’m just always going to be that guy, always doing just what I do.
I won’t think, is someone going to get offended by me doing an Asian character? I just did the new Coming to America movie, and I did an old Jewish man. I wasn’t like, will Jewish people be offended? No. I’ve done it before and it’s funny.
I tend to have only constructive thoughts when I try to do something creative. How do I make it the best that it can be? How can we have the most fun doing it? That’s as far as my thought process goes. Not who might be offended and who’ll get bent out of shape. Because at the core of what I’m doing, I’m not trying to malicious, so I think it’s not going to come off that way.”
The explanation sounds very similar to beloved filmmaker John Waters who discussed a similar topic on “Real Time with Bill Maher” earlier this year, saying he could get away with boundary-pushing and humor because “I make fun of the things I love, and so I’m not mean-spirited.”
Murphy will soon be back in full old school force with “Coming 2 America” next year and a fourth “Beverly Hills Cop” on the way.