You don’t have to live in New York anymore! Saturday Night Live has catapulted the careers of many of today’s most popular comedians, including Will Ferrell, Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey Adam Sandler. Since its 1975 debut, the NBC sketch comedy series is a launching platform for hit sitcoms, talk shows, films, sitcoms, and game shows.
Murphy, for his part was a cast member from 1984 to 1980. He went on becoming a movie star and tension developed between Murphy and the show. David SpadeThe jokers laughed about it Coming to America actor’s career in a 1995 sketch. “Look, children, it’s a falling star!” the Joe Dirt actor quipped following the releases of Murphy’s films Vampire in Brooklyn Harlem NightsThe box office failed to love the movie “The Artist.”
“What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot. It was like, ‘Hey, come on, man, it’s one thing for you guys to do a joke about some movie of mine, but my career?’” Murphy told Rolling Stone2011. “I’m one of you guys.”
The Nutty ProfessorStar briefly returned to Saturday Night Live in 2015 for the show’s 40th anniversary special. He did not return to Studio 8H until December 2019, when he hosted the episode that earned him his first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor In a Comedy Series.
“You don’t want to wait 30 years to come back and the show ain’t s—t,” Murphy told the TodayShow before he hosts. “It be like people clapping, going, ‘I thought he was going to be so much funnier than this.’”
The comedian’s return came amid a high point in his film career. “The timing couldn’t be better,” he said. “That’s why I feel like [I’m in] a dream.”
Murphy isn’t the only ex-cast member to make a big comeback on the long-running series. Maya RudolphShe resigned in 2007 and was replaced by Vice President in 2019. Kamala Harris.
“I’m so grateful always to be a part of that place, and then, when in my wildest dreams did I think there would ever be a candidate that looks remotely close to whatever this is?” Rudolph explained during an October 2020 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “I realize I started working there 21 years ago. How come I’m still standing? … I love it.”
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