Spike TV To Produce Eddie Murphy Tribute Special

By Leslie Kasperowicz 2012-08-23 10:45:57 discussion comments
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30 years after Delirious! and 48 Hrs made Eddie Murphy a bona fide comedy superstar, Spike TV is planning to honor him with a two-hour television tribute. The special will look at his impact on comedy and include a variety of special guests as well as clips from his films.

The special will be produced by Academy Awards producer Don Mischer, according to Deadline. Eddie Murphy: One Night Only will be taped on November 3rd in Los Angeles at the Saban Theatre. Spike will air the special two weeks later, on November 16th. Though there is no official list of guests for the special yet, it’s expected that co-stars from some of his biggest films including Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America, The Nutty Professor and Shrek will be on hand to honor him.

The special will follow Eddie Murphy’s career from his early teen years, to Saturday Night Live to enormous stand-up shows like Delirious! and Raw and stardom in big-budget blockbuster films. Murphy is credited with “changing the face of sketch comedy” according to Viacom Executive Vice President of Event Production Casey Patterson, and his “impact on comedy is immeasurable.” Eddie Murphy was one of those comedians who seemed to leave any kind of racial lines in the dust, and he paved the way for a lot of comedians who came after him. It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Delirious was released, and he has certainly done a lot since then; although I can’t say I loved all of it, I still laugh until I cry every time I watch his stand-up. Partially because I still can’t believe he wore those leather suits.
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