This week, Eddie Murphy was cast to play Richard Pryor’s father in the upcoming biopic about the legendary comedian, but might Murphy be waxing his own nostalgia and preparing for a return behind the mic? According to reports, Murphy made a surprise guest appearance at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles last night, where he delivered a short 10-minute set. It marked the first time he had done stand-up publicly in 25 years.
Update – 5:00 p.m.: There are conflicting reports on whether Murphy actually took the stage, and the Comedy Store is doing little to help clear up the confusion.
Update – 7:00 p.m.: It’s been confirmed that Murphy did in fact make a surprise appearance and go on stage at the Comedy Store last night. However, he is said to have pulled an SNL, suggesting his appearance was short lived and left much to be desired.
It seems we have Murphy’s longtime friend Arsenio Hall to thank for Murphy’s appearance:
Below, revisit Murphy’s 1983 comedy special Delirious.