Monday, February 16, 2015

Eddie Murphy's Best SNL Moments

With Eddie Murphy's disappointing appearance on last night's 40th Anniversary Special of SNL, it's probably best just to remember the old sketches. So for your viewing and goofing off pleasure, I've compiled some of my favorites.

James Brown Celebrity Hot Tub Party

The concept is simple. Have Eddie Murphy dance around a hot tub in a bathrobe and gold speedo singing almost unintelligibly as James Brown.


Gumby directs his life story, dammit!

Buh-Weet Sings

Eddie Murphy portrayed the Little Rascals member numerous times, but the first appearance where he sings has to be the most memorable.

Velvet Jones School of Technology

Murphy's take on get rich quick schemes.

Little Richard Simmons

Murphy seamlessly switches between Little Richard and Richard Simmons in this hilarious workout sketch.

Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood

This parody of Mister Roger's Neighborhood has always been one of my favorites. Of course back then the majority of the jokes went over my head, but Murphy's charisma alone carried the sketch.

Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood X-Mas

Mr. Robinson's last appearance.

Stevie Wonder

Murphy was a frequent collaborator with Joe Piscopo, and this send up of Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder was probably the best.

White Like Me

SNL used prerecorded material long before Andy Samberg made digital shorts popular, and this one where Murphy impersonates a white man to see how they live is hilarious. I'm curious as to if this is when the "white guy voice" originated because comics like Dave Chappelle and Kevin Hart do it this way too.

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