By Marie DeFreitas
For the first time in 35 years, Eddie Murphy hosted ‘Saturday Night Live.’ The comedian came back to the show with several iconic characters and tons of special guests.
The last time Eddie Murphy hosted ‘SNL’ was December 15, 1984. Back then he was just 19 years old. Yesterday, Murphy returned with some beloved characters of his, including and Buckwheat, Gumby and Mr. Robinson. Special music guest Lizzo was also starred in the episode.
Murphy opened the show with a monologue, updating the audience on what he’d been up to over the last few years, and received several tributes from surprise guests including Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, and Dave Chapelle.
Showing a photograph on the screen when he was still an SNL cast member. Murphy joked: “Yeah, I look at least five years younger there, but you know what they always say: Money don’t crack.”
The four comedians talked and joked on stage. Looking at the group Chapelles aid, “Right now you’re looking at half of Netflix’s budget, right here onstage.”
Murphy’s first skit was Mr. Robinson, a spoof on the popular Mr. Rogers’ Neighbourhood. Murphy comes in and recites a similar Mr. Rogers’ song and talks about how his neighbourhood has changed. He teaches the audience about words like gentrification and squatter’s rights.
“It’s like a magic trick,” Murphy said of gentrification. “White people pay a lot of money and then poof, all the black people are gone.”
The next skit, a parody of Fox’s reality competition series “The Masked Singer” introduces a singer in a giant corn-on-the-cob costume. As the rattles the lyrics to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” in gibberish speak, the host then reveals Murphy as Buckwheat under the costume.
Buckwheat goes on to sing in the same lyrical gibberish, several other hits such as “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Single Ladies.”
In the next skit of the evening a Democratic Debate featured several comedians performing impression-heavy segments, as stated by The New York Times. A few of these included: Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Warren, Larry David as Bernie Sanders, Jason Sudeikis as Joe Biden and Fred Armisen as Michael Bloomberg. There was even an appearance as Alec Baldwin as President Trump informing the audience he was there “so people will actually watch this little freak show.”
As the skit wrapped up Kate McKinnon did a quick costume change to appear as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, handing Trump two articles of Impeachment as a Christmas present.
Next, at the Weekend Updates Desk Colin Jost and Michael Che riffed on the latest Impeachment news, playing clips of Trump’s speeches and joking about his reactions to the impeachment.
Murphy then interrupts, dressed as Gumby, and angrily grabs a seat at the desk, shouting over and over the famed catchphrase “I am Gumby, damn it.”
Murphy as Gumby goes on to insult the two anchors, saying: “I’ve passed kidney stones with more personality than the two of you.”
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