Eddie Murphy Talks Return to Stand-Up on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

October 25, 2019
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Eddie Murphy may be in semi-retirement mode, but he’s also opening up about his return to stand-up comedy.

During an appearance with Jimmy Kimmel on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel asked Murphy to elaborate on what it might feel like to be entering back into the comedy world. Would there be any pressure to live up to what he’s done in the past?

“Nah, I don’t be worrying about stuff like that,” he said. “I tend to think constructively if I’m doing something creative. I’m thinking about making it as funny as possible…,” he continued.

So what are the thoughts that Murphy actually concerns himself with when he thinks about doing stand-up again? “What’s gonna happen? What’re they gonna say? Are they gonna put me on the YouTube?,” he jests.

“That’s just part of the world now,” he continued.

Going back to stand-up comedy is a new endeavor for Murphy, considering he’s been wrapped up in his life being in a “semi-retired state,” People reports.

“For maybe five or six years, I was on the couch, just doing nothing, and not planning and not trying to get anything. I had things in development, but I was just doing nothing,” he explained to Al Roker on “Today.”

“What I like to do more than anything is to not have a schedule and just be within earshot of my children. That’s my favorite dish,” he explains. But when it comes to making movies again, Murphy is just playing things by ear.

“I don’t want to say I’m retired like I won’t do anything. If some great thing comes along, or if some great thing happens, some great director or some great idea, of course, I’ll make other movies,” he says.

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