Eddie Murphy plans on bringing out the big guns when he returns to Saturday Night Live for the first time in 35 years. Murphy is back in the limelight promoting the critically acclaimed Dolemite Is My Name and preparing to launch a return to standup. The comedian/actor has been keeping a low profile over the past few years and people are really excited to see him back, especially with a return to SNL and the standup stage.
In a new interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Eddie Murphy was asked about returning to SNL for the first time in 35 years. Murphy seems genuinely excited to return to the national stage that made him a household name, though it hasn't always been that way. Regardless, he told Kimmel that he plans on bringing back some of his most iconic characters including Gumby, Buckwheat, Velvet Jones, and Mr. Robinson. This is exactly what the world needs right now and the expectations are going to be really high.
Eddie Murphy doesn't seem to be too concerned about is SNL return or any pressure surrounding it. He is very calm these days and it suits him. "Oh yeah, I'm gonna do Gumby," he told Kimmel. "And I'm trying to figure out some reason to do a Velvet Jones and Mister Robinson's Neighborhood." After the passing of Fred Rogers, the world could use a return to the Robinson neighborhood, which will undoubtedly look a lot different in 2019. One could easily see Mister Robinson taking Donald Trump to the Magical Land of Make Believe.
Gumby is another classic that SNL fans still believe is one of the best sketches in the history of the show. Eddie Murphy transformed the lovable claymation character into an normal struggling New York actor with a heavy accent. In addition, the character is incredibly angry, making the whole thing even more absurd. We'll most definitely hear, "I'm Gumby Damnit!" Buckwheat is another crowd pleaser, so one can easily see why Murphy is bringing back the classic Little Rascals character for his return to SNL, though he might not be able to give his signature "o-tay" salute during this political climate.
Velvet Jones is another must for Eddie Murphy and it seems funny that he's trying to think of a reason to bring him back. There are too many characters that Murphy should revive for his SNL hosting duties. James Brown's Celebrity Hot Tub Party, White Like Me, Dion, Raheem Abdul-Muhammed and Tyrone Green, and Stevie Wonder would all be welcome additions, but the show can't go on all night and Murphy might actually want to break some new ground and try his hand at something different. Whatever the case may be, we know it's going to be an exciting night of live television. Murphy returns to SNL on December 21st. The interview with Murphy was provided to us from the Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube channel. The SNL talk starts at about the 12-minute mark.