Three Shades of Eddie Murphy

Praise from Norm Macdonald and Larry Wilmore, alongside a Delirious look back.

Last week, Norm Macdonald made his first appearance on HuffPost Live. The leisurely paced 25-minute conversation with host Josh Zepps spanned a number of topics, including Eddie Murphy’s decision not to play Bill Cosby in the SNL:40 Celebrity Jeopardy skit. Said Norm:

“I thought it was very admirable, because it would have gotten a huge, huge laugh, him doing Bill Cosby, and I thought it was kind of cool… He doesn’t need laughter. He’s kind of a Zen-like guy.”

“When you talk to him, he’s very calm. And then all of a sudden, he’ll burst forth with the funniest thing you’ve ever heard. And then he returns to his equaniminous state. It’s very, very interesting to see.”

Murphy also comes up today in TV Guide’s cover story tribute to Jon Stewart. The transcribed thoughts of several show colleagues were gathered, including those of Larry Wilmore:

I’ve been lucky in my career. I’ve worked with a lot of funny people – the funniest person I know is Eddie Murphy – but by far, the smartest, most insightful mensch of a guy is Jon. He’s like a combination of Walter Cronkite, Jesus and Johnny Carson.

Finally, artist Mark Bradford, as part of an exhibit on view at the UCLA Hammer Museum through September 27, has a video installation titled “Spiderman.” It makes use, in a satirical way, of transcribed homophobic remarks from Murphy’s Delirious stand-up tour routines. Years later, the comedian apologized for those remarks.
[Photo of Murphy at April 2011 New York premiere of Shrek Forever After: Nata Sha/]