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Stuart Douglas Larkin is a character in MADtv. He is a simple-minded, cock-eyed, borderline albino young boy with a constantly dazed and vacant expression.

Stuart likes to show off, but would reluctantly do what his mother Doreen tells him.

He is known for eating an excessive amount of junk food.

Doreen, while genuinely loving her son dearly, tends to nag, scold, and scream at Stuart for getting into trouble. One of her tagphrases is “What does Mama say?”. For example, he is often seen eating different junk foods and when Doreen asks Stuart where he got them, Stuart simply says he found them on the floor and quickly shoves them in his mouth.

Though Stuart appears anti-social and naive about the world (which he claims to be angry about), it is mentioned in some sketches (such as “Stuart Takes Piano Lessons”) that he is a genius. This was further shown when Stuart had shown exceptional piano talent on only his second lesson. Stuart usually wears a colorful shirt and blue jeans. In “Stuart At The Pet Shop,” it is revealed that Doreen is terrified of rodents and when Stuart heard her, he immediately put the rat on her head, which made Doreen freak out and scream for it to be taken off.

Stuart’s childhood traumas (such as his father leaving the family) are often mentioned. Once, when Doreen asked Stuart where he heard some nonsense, while praying, Stuart replied, “From daddy on the phone.”, and Doreen, quavering, replies, “Your father called? Did he mention me?”, then Stuart replies, “Um… Daddy says you could nag the paint off the wall.” Stuart also loves his father; however, no matter when the sketch takes place, Stuart’s father has always left the previous Tuesday after meeting an Asian woman over the Internet. Also, Doreen keeps trying to find Stuart a new father so they will not go to the “grueling hell that is their everyday life”. Stuart’s catch phrases are “Look what I can do!” (and his subsequent break into an awkward, spasm-like flourish, once referred to as a “Dipsy-Doodle”), “Let me do it!” (when an adult tries to assist him with something), “Dooooooon’t!” (when someone gets too close and tries to touch him), “I don’t wanna say!” (usually spoken when Doreen asks him about something), “I found it on the floor!” (spoken when Doreen asks him where he got a food item), “I’m in my dark place!” (spoken when people yell at him), and “Stay away from my danger zone!” (spoken when he talks to strangers). However, he loves his grandmother so much that he lets her touch him.

Stuart tends to kick anyone who he doesn’t want near him with his legs: He lays down on the floor and uses his legs to keep them away from him, sometimes using a violent kick (for example, when he kicked the Tooth Fairy, making her fall into a beanbag chair in Stuart’s bedroom. Another example is when he kicked Dr. Wizwoql, throwing her out of the window when Stuart realized that she had given him a booster shot). Stuart occasionally refers to his genital area as his “danger zone”, or refers to them, specifically as his “goo-goo”. When pushed too far, Stuart’s voice changes into an evil voice (which is used when Stuart enters his “dark place”, a glimpse into his inner turmoil).

Several sketches showed Stuart annoying his next door neighbor Harvey Muckenthaler, who cannot stand him.

Since Mo Collins left the series, Stuart had appeared in only one sketch per season.

Stuart appeared 38 times during the run of MADtv. He was in seasons 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. There was also a sketch used in the series finale that Mo pre-taped the voice of Doreen and they did a montage of Stuart. Doreen appeared 31 times during the run of MADtv. She was in seasons 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Mo Collins returned for the series finale and recorded the voice of Doreen during a montage of Stuart.

He is portrayed by Michael McDonald.


  • Stuart’s original name was Scott.

Kaylee, Crystal and Janetta

Four girlfriends (Bryant, Strong, McKinnon, and Waller-Bridge) gather at Buddy’s State Line Bar to drown their sorrows about Gerald from Guitar Center (Bennett), the hot hick each of them has dated in the past. Then, when Gerald shows up, each lady takes a turn kicking the crap out of him while quietly, privately confessing that they still love him and want him back. The asides to Gerald are all fun and well performed, and Bennett seems pleasantly dazed by the constant pummeling, but the best part may be the terrible Southern accents. Waller-Bridge’s dialogue is almost impenetrable, and pushes both McKinnon and Bryant to the breaking point.

Love Island

To prove that Brits also have “100 percent pure-grade trash,” just as we do here in the States, there’s reality show import Love Island. In this parody of the popular U.K. sex and dating show, the dopes and ditzes are easy on the eyes and ready to snog — who cares if they can’t remember their own names or understand one another’s accents. It’s nice to see featured player Chloe Fineman confidently jump in as a befuddled Irish tart, and Aidy Bryant draw out a nice physical bit about escaping a beanbag chair. The angle of the sketch is nothing new, but it hits all the right notes. One defeated contestant (Waller-Bridge) discovers she has 1.2 million Instagram followers and realizes she doesn’t have to be “a stupid pediatric nurse anymore.” That says it all.

Royal Romance

In light of the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this special BBC program looks at the history of mixed-race royal couples. In the early ’70s, the little-known Duchess of Clerkenwell (Waller-Bridge) was in love with blaxploitation actor and comedian Jimmy Jay Robinson (Thompson). After this set-up, it’s a flurry of gags about coke, ottoman-humping, and delivering dirty limericks at royal christenings. As likable and adept at physical comedy as Thompson is, the jokes are pretty broad. (See: Robinson knighting the first black American, Sir Mix-a-Lot.) It’s meant to poke at manners, but ends up leaning heavily on raucous movie and stand-up tropes of the era.

As a host, Waller-Bride excels on all counts: She plays well with others, and is endearing and funny while onstage alone. She writes great material on her own and makes the writers’ stuff shine. She plays the buttoned-up Brit as necessary, but goes broad with perfect enthusiasm (if not with perfect elocution). Surely, she’ll be back. Whether or not it’s due to a relatively small cast size, SNL deserves kudos for allowing new players Yang and Fineman the amount of screen time they’ve had so far, and both of them are making the most of it. Next week, Stranger Things fans will get a chance to see what David Harbour can do when not coping with supernatural evil.

David Spade discusses Instagram Stories, ‘Lights Out’ and returing to Aspen

Comedian David Spade will headline Belly Up Aspen.
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Who: David Spade

Where: Belly Up Aspen

When: Thursday, Jan. 2, 7 & 10 p.m.

How much: $75-$205

Tickets: Belly Up box office; bellyupaspen.com

With a successful career in film, TV, and even writing two books, comedian David Spade still manages to find time for his stand-up comedy. Returning to Aspen for his third consecutive year, Spade is set to headline Belly Up Aspen for two shows Thursday.

“I think I still do stand-up because it got me everywhere,” Spade said in a recent phone interview. “I do it because it’s hard and it’s good to be challenged by that and see if I can still keep up. The hard part is the travel on me but once you’re there and you drink 3 gallons of water in Aspen and get your oxygen tank, you’re fine.”

Spade has been especially busy lately with his new show “Lights Out.” The 30-minute late-night program, which premiered on Comedy Central last summer. is essentially a panel with Spade and various guests who break down the pop culture headlines of the day.

“I’m generally an upbeat, happy person,” Spade said. “I’m generally up for bulls—ing or being light on my feet. I’m lucky I’m doing a show that’s fun and it’s in (Los Angeles). People like to watch the show because it looks like it’s just a fun bulls— session.”

Spade’s Instagram stories actually birthed the idea and the concept for “Lights Out.” Over time, Instagram stories have become a useful platform for Spade’s comedy. He takes ordinary things like leaf blowers, episodes of “The Bachelor” and items from the newspaper and makes them relatable and funny.

Spade missed out on MySpace, so he particularly took a liking to Instagram. Fans, he noted, may have seen him in a movie that took three months to make and a year to come out. So, they haven’t seen him in anything in over a year.

“In between those times, I think of jokes every day,” Spade said. “There’s definitely a little audience on Instagram, like a cult following, and they like the stories.”

“The funny thing is, if I don’t do it for three days, it’s OK because I don’t get paid. It’s just like a free TV show,” he added. “I do it a lot more than I probably should, and I love it.”

Eventually, someone messaged Spade from a TV studio and asked, “Why don’t you turn this into a show for us?”

With this new show, there is a constant need for new content and new jokes. Asked about how he gets inspired and overcomes writer’s block, Spade responded: “It’s just basically a whole new way of living and using a new muscle. I used to peak at night because I did stand-up but now, I’m more nervous and energized at 2:30 in the afternoon because I get up and I know there’s a deadline.”

During Spade’s six-year span working on “Saturday Night Live,” he was known for being extremely snarky toward celebrities during the show’s “Weekend Update” segment. Since his time on “SNL,” Spade has grown significantly in popularity over the years and has actually becomes friends with people who he previously made jokes about.

“Overall, my policy is if you’re going to do something goofy or stupid, I get one free joke,” Spade said. “I’m not going to go out of my way to start hammering people. I don’t want to be mean. I like when the jokes are clever. We want this show to be on a long time and I don’t want it to be known as the mean show. It’s not a roast. Let’s just have fun and keep the jokes smart.”

Despite everything Spade has accomplished over the course of his career, he claims he still gets the most feedback about “Joe Dirt” and “Tommy Boy.” “I love ‘Joe Dirt,’” Spade said. “Growing up in Arizona, we knew these kind of dirtballs, walking around with no shirt on holding a gas can. I just said, ‘What’s that guy’s life like?’ Then we just wrote a whole thing about it. That might be my favorite thing I’ve ever done.”

Aside from Spade’s show on Comedy Central, fans can look out for his new movie coming out on Netflix called “The Wrong Missy,” expected to come out in mid-April.

“We did it right before the show started,” Spade said. “The last thing I could do and now I don’t know if I can do anything else because the show is so overwhelming. Look for it to come out. It’s a big R-rated comedy. It’s going to be great.”

Why David Spade and Eddie Murphy didn’t talk for 20 years

On Oct. 3, 1992, singer Sinéad O’Connor created a scandal when, at the end of a performance on “Saturday Night Live,” she produced a photo of Pope John Paul II and proceeded to rip it into 10 tiny pieces.

“Fight the real enemy!” she commanded, as the crowd in Rockefeller Center’s Studio 8H looked on in stunned silence — the first time a musical guest didn’t draw applause.

Backstage, “SNL” honcho Lorne Michaels was nonchalant. He turned to cast member David Spade, shrugged, and said, “Irish.”

During the next commercial break, Spade walked onto the stage and grabbed one of the torn photo pieces.

“This will be a nice memento if anyone ever remembers it happening,” Spade recalls thinking in his new memoir, “Almost Interesting,” out Tuesday.

The next day, while doing laundry at his Upper West Side apartment, the comedian saw a report on “Inside Edition” about the O’Connor incident. The news program had the actual photo, which had been taped together minus a single piece — Spade’s.

A screen grab from Sinead O’Connor episode, October 3, 1992.Getty Images

On Monday, Spade was hauled into a producer’s office and confronted by NBC security, demanding he return the piece of the photo. As it turned out, a crew member had collected the other pieces and sold them to “Inside Edition” for $10,000, and security believed Spade might be in on it. Spade gave his piece back.

“I regret that. No one cared, but security had to make a point,” Spade tells The Post. He sarcastically adds, “They were cracking a case.”

One memento from his “SNL” days Spade still has is a tattoo given to him by Sean Penn for a 1995 segment.

“I didn’t really want to get a tattoo,” Spade says. “I was just out of ideas.”

The comedian had heard at a party that Penn was learning body inking by practicing on potatoes and pig ears, so he got the actor’s number from cast mate Jon Lovitz and asked for a tattoo.

Spade chose a design, but Penn wasn’t skilled enough for something so complicated. Instead, the two settled on Calvin from “Calvin and Hobbes.”

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“I’ve never been happy with it,” Spade says. “I showed it to Charlize once. She asked, ‘Is that a real story?’ Once she saw my pasty little arm, she said, ‘Yeah, I’ll just take your word for it next time.’ ”

‘Almost Interesting” is a dishy, anecdote-driven look at Spade’s life, from his childhood to his seven years on “SNL” and beyond.

“There were a few stories that were sort of tent-pole-ish,” he says. “I wrote those, and were like, ‘You’re a fourth done.’ So then I just made it about my life.”

Spade, 51, grew up “the shortest and poorest” in Scottsdale, Ariz. His father had “scrammed on the family” early on, and Spade’s mother eventually remarried. When Spade was 15, his stepfather committed suicide.

“That stuff affects you in different ways, so I don’t really know where the damage is,” Spade says. “You can ask girls that date me that have a list of problems they always want to show me. I’m sure that’s on there.” (The never-married comedian has dated Lara Flynn Boyle and Heather Locklear and has a 7-year-old daughter, Harper, born with model ex Jillian Grace.)

Spade in 1990.Getty Images

He got into stand-up comedy as a teen, playing local clubs to a middling reception. The turning point came when Spade was attending Arizona State University and entered a talent show. He killed with jokes such as, “I got a new car. It’s not really new. It’s an old UPS truck. I got it so I can park wherever I want.”

As the actor recalls now, “I got hooked on stand-up. I didn’t know anyone who did stand-up, so this idea that you might be able to do it for a living was out of left field.”

In the following years, Spade found some success, moving to Los Angeles and landing small movie roles, including 1987’s “Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol.”

In 1990, he was hired by “SNL” as a writer/performer. It was there that he first met Chris Farley. The two bumped into each other in the lobby of the Omni Berkshire hotel in Midtown, where both newbies were staying.

Spade liked Farley immediately for not being a “cocky showbiz a -  - hole,” and their now-familiar dynamic was present from the start.

“My job was to make him feel dumber than me,” Spade jokes.

On their walk to work that day, Spade cracked on Farley for refusing to withdraw more than $20 at an ATM, and for spotting a McDonald’s and naively pointing out that they had one back in Wisconsin.

Chris Farley and Spade at the 1993 MTV Movie Awards.FilmMagic

The two became close friends, and would go on to make 1995’s “Tommy Boy” and 1996’s “Black Sheep” movies.

The duo promoting “Tommy Boy” in 1995. Spade admits it’s sometimes a burden being the go-to guy to speak about Chris.Getty Images

Spade spins a few Farley anecdotes in “Almost Interesting,” including a previously untold doozy about a copy of “Playboy” Spade once brought to the “SNL” offices to show off his new Playmate girlfriend. Farley stole the magazine then later left it on Spade’s desk – only a bit stickier, having pleasured himself on the pages.

“I could tell by the look on his face that he was suddenly worried he had gone too far,” Spade writes. “Chris had gone too far. He did every time. That’s what made him Chris.” Spade admits it’s sometimes a burden being the go-to guy to speak about Farley, who died in 1997.

“It’s hard for anyone to have questions all your life,” he says. “A lot of times it’s strangers, and they want to know things, and it’s very personal. It just keeps coming up. Most of the time, it’s perfectly fine.”

While Farley was a star virtually from his first day at “SNL,” Spade struggled.

“I didn’t know how to write sketches and I didn’t have tons of characters or impressions,” he says. “I was sort of an amusing person. I had to figure out how to make that pay off, and I was in a race to getting fired.”

One breakthrough came when Patrick Swayze hosted in 1990. One night, Spade spied the actor sitting alone in the writers’ room and tried to talk to him about an idea for a sketch. Swayze’s snippy publicist, however, suddenly appeared and barred Spade from entering.

“Oh, hi, just wanted to chat with Patrick for a second,” Spade said.

“Annnnddd youuu arrrrre?” the publicist responded.

“Oh, I’m sorry, I’m David Spade,” he replied.

“Right, and this is regardinggggggggg?” the publicist replied.

Ultimately, she refused to let Spade speak to Swayze, insisting he was “swamped,” despite the fact that the actor was sitting in plain view reading a magazine.

Spade ultimately mined the experience for a sketch about a snarky receptionist at Dick Clark Productions who fails to recognize MC Hammer. It turned out to be his breakout.

His other signature bit, “Hollywood Minute,” where the comedian ragged on celebrities from behind the “Weekend Update” desk, was born one day when Spade was making jokes while flipping through a copy of People magazine.

“That’s something I would do while waiting for the writers’ meeting,” Spade says. “Finally, Bob Odenkirk said, ‘Why don’t you just do that?’ ”

“Hollywood Minute” spawned perhaps the most infamous joke of Spade’s career. “Look, children,” he cracked beneath a photo of former “SNL” cast member Eddie Murphy, who at the time was coming off several Hollywood bombs. “It’s a falling star. Make a wish.”

“To Lorne’s credit, he never steers you away from people,” Spade explains. “He’s very good about not coming in going, ‘Guys, Paul Simon is a friend. I think it would be better to .’ ”

The Monday after the joke aired, Spade was sitting in the writers’ room when an assistant appeared to tell him Murphy was on the phone down the hall.

“My heart stopped,” he writes. Spade told the assistant to take a message. Seconds later, the phone in the writers’ room rang. It was Murphy. Spade said to take a message, then went to talk to cast mate Chris Rock. Meanwhile, Murphy called again.

“You better call him,” Rock advised. “You don’t want him coming down here. Don’t forget, he’s still a black guy.”

Spade finally returned the call and Murphy screamed at him, “You dumb motherf – – ker! I’m off-limits, don’t you know that?”

Chris Rock, Spade and Eddie Murphy in 2010.AP

The bad blood persisted for years, and Murphy has admitted the joke kept him from returning to “SNL.” He has never hosted since he left, and he was the only major cast member to skip the 25th anniversary special in 1999.

Recently, however, Spade spotted Murphy driving down a Beverly Hills street. Murphy rolled down his window and casually asked, “Hey, Spade, how are you doing?”

“My Watergate with Eddie Murphy was over,” Spade writes. The two also met at February’s 40th anniversary “SNL” show last spring.

“He was nice to me. He gave me a hug,” Spade says. “I don’t think he cares anymore. He can’t possibly.”

Spade at the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration.Getty Images

A story involving Spade’s ex-assistant has a less-happy ending. In 2000, the comedian awoke in his bedroom to find David “Skippy” Malloy standing over him. Malloy then attacked his boss, punching him and attempting to subdue him with a stun gun. Spade managed to get away and call the cops. Malloy was caught, but Spade refused to press charges.

“They said he’d only get three to six months, and he would probably leave in two days like Paris Hilton for Round 2, so I thought, what’s the point?” Spade says.

Spade writes that the animosity might have stemmed from Malloy being turned down for a role in 2001’s “Joe Dirt” — a part that went to Kevin Nealon instead.

Malloy still works in Hollywood as a production coordinator. According to IMDb, he’s currently on “Jane the Virgin.”

“The experience made me not cautious,” Spade says. “I still leave my door open. I’m just trying to live life and not be a freak about it.”

David Spade appears at the 92nd Street Y on Sunday and will sign copies of his book at Barnes & Noble Union Square on Monday.

This is the David Spade joke that kept Eddie Murphy off SNL for 2 decades

Spade on ‘SNL.’ NBC If you read Norm Macdonald’s epic Twitter explosion about his crazy week helping make the “Saturday Night Live” 40th-anniversary special happen, you might be wondering: What the hell did David Spade actually do to piss off Eddie Murphy?

We know that Eddie made the Bill Cosby-approved decision not to appear in Macdonald’s sketch, but he did return to the show for the first time in decades, something he’d refused to do since 1995.

The last anniversary was the 25th. Eddie did not attend due to a remark by David Spade. David is a very kind man, but his remark was not.

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) February 19, 2015

So Eddie never came back.

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) February 19, 2015

Well, we found the remark. Here it is (at about 2:50):

Murphy actually addressed the joke in an interview with “Rolling Stone” back in 2011.

“Yeah, because they were s—– to me on “Saturday Night Live” a couple of times after I’d left the show. They said some s—– things.

There was that David Spade sketch . I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore.

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? I’m one of you guys. How many people have come off this show whose careers really are f—– up, and you guys are shitting on me?”

And you know every joke has to go through all the producers, and ultimately, you know Lorne or whoever says, “OK, it’s OK to make this career crack …”

I felt s—– about that for years, but now, I don’t have none of that. I wouldn’t go to retrospectives, but I don’t let it linger. I saw David Spade four years ago. Chris Rock was like, “Do you guys still hate each other?” and I was like, “I don’t hate David Spade, I’m cool with him.”

UPDATE: It’s nice that Eddie squashed his “SNL” beef, but why get so mad about a career joke, especially since it turns out that you cracked a very similar joke about OG cast member Garret Morris during a “Weekend Update” segment in the 1980s.

Here’s the clip:

Some might call that a tad hypocritical. And by the way, none of this explains why Murphy couldn’t at least crack a single joke during his appearance on “SNL 40.”

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Eddie Murphy has made his return to sketch comedy Saturday on the final SNL of 2019. Murphy is the second alum to make a long-awaited return to the show after Adam Sandler’s hosting appearance back in May. But as E! Online lays out, Murphy’s return carries more weight for the show than Sandler.

Both are megastars that launched from SNL into fame, but Murphy holds a special spot that can’t be compared to anybody else.

His presence on the show is only rivaled by the time he spent in a self-imposed exile that followed a joke at his expense by David Spade. During one of Spade’s Hollywood Minute segments, the cast member made a joke about Murphy’s career that referred to him as a fallen star. According to Murphy in a Rolling Stone interview from 2011, it was one of a few times the show took a shot at him.

“They were s—ty to me on Saturday Night Live a couple of times after I’d left the show,” Murphy told the outlet. “They said some s—ty things. There was that David Spade sketch. I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore. 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? I’m one of you guys. How many people have come off this show whose careers really are f—d up, and you guys are s—ing on me?’ And you know every joke has to go through all the producers, and ultimately, you know Lorne or whoever says, ‘OK, it’s OK to make this career crack…'”

The joke dropped around 1995 according to E! News, around the time when Murphy’s Vampire in Brooklyn was released. Prior to this, Murphy had hosted one time since leaving SNL and would now be “boycotting” the show until 2015.

By the 2011 Rolling Stone interview, Murphy had let his sour feelings pass and even forgave Spade. The Tommy Boy star recounted his fear of seeing Murphy in his 2015 memoir, telling the story of the moment Murphy spoke to him during a chance meeting in Beverly Hills.

“My old-school fear came crashing back. Should I say something? We hadn’t spoken in almost 20 years at this point. Before I knew it, Murphy had spotted me through the windshield,” Spade wrote in his book. “He stopped in the middle of the street and I walked over. Through the open passenger window he said, ‘Hey, Spade, how are you doing?’ I reached in and shook his hand. I said, ‘Hey, Eddie. Glad we’re good.’ ‘Take it easy,’ he said.”

Murphy appeared during a special segment of SNL’s 40th-anniversary special, opening the door for a possible return to host when the time was right. With the release of Dolemite Is My Name and a potential return to stand-up comedy, Murphy and SNL finally pulled the trigger.

The comedian has teased the return of many characters from his tenure on the show, including Gumby and Buckwheat.


“I’m down for whatever, as long as it’s really, really funny,” he told Al Roker during a TODAY interview earlier in the week.

Photo credit: Getty Images

Check out the David Spade joke that kept Eddie Murphy away from “SNL” for 20 years

During his time on “Saturday Night Live,” David Spade had a bit he would do called “Hollywood Minute,” where he would rip on celebrities and pretty much anything Hollywood-related. On a particular segment back in 1995, Spade just so happened to tell a joke about former “SNL” cast member Eddie Murphy.

And it was a joke that would keep Murphy off the air for 20 years.

Skip to 2:45 to hear the now infamous zinger.

RELATED: After a nearly 30-year hiatus, Eddie Murphy may be making his stand-up comeback

In an interview with “Rolling Stone” back in 2011 (you can read Spade’s full account of what went down here), Murphy opened up about the incident.

I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore. 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? I’m one of you guys. How many people have come off this show whose careers really are fucked up, and you guys are shitting on me?” And you know every joke has to go through all the producers, and ultimately, you know Lorne or whoever says, “OK, it’s OK to make this career crack…”

I felt shitty about that for years, but now, I don’t have none of that. I wouldn’t go to retrospectives, but I don’t let it linger. I saw David Spade four years ago. Chris Rock was like, “Do you guys still hate each other?” and I was like, “I don’t hate David Spade, I’m cool with him.”

Murphy would finally return to Studio 8H for SNL’s 40th Anniversary show in 2015.


Consider Eddie Murphy’s awards-season campaign officially launched. In an interview with the New York Times, the comedian—making a major career comeback this year with the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name—got candid about his return to the big screen, calling this phase a “bookend” to his superstar days of the ‘80s and ‘90s. He also revealed that he’s not terribly fond of the old stand-up material that made him a household name, specifically Raw, the 1987 follow-up to his hit Delirious.

“I was a young guy processing a broken heart, you know, kind of an asshole,” he said of Raw, noting that his old jokes made him cringe. “That’s a bit much, my goodness,” he quipped, doing an impression of himself watching the old stand-up set, which included homophobic jokes. “My word.”

This isn’t the first time Murphy has looked back with some regret on his old material. Back in 1996, he apologized for the homophobic material in Delirious, which includes the use of gay slurs and jokes about AIDS, as well as homophobic jokes he has told over the years in other sets. “I deeply regret any pain all this has caused,” he said in a statement at the time, adding that he was “misinformed” about AIDS. “Just like the rest of the world, I am more educated about AIDS in 1996 than I was in 1981. I think it is unfair to take the words of a misinformed 21-year-old and apply them to an informed 35-year-old man. I know how serious an issue AIDS is the world over. I know that AIDS isn’t funny. It’s 1996 and I’m a lot smarter about AIDS now.”

In this week’s Times interview, he vowed that he would make a broad return to stand-up and will never give it up again. However, his material will stem from a different source of inspiration: “I’m not at the center. Now my kids are and everything revolves around them.”

He also is set to make a return on December 21 as a host Saturday Night Live, the show that launched him into the comedy world when he was just 19 years old. In the interview, he touched on the recent drama with Shane Gillis, the comedian who was recently hired, then fired after old offensive jokes about Asian people resurfaced online.

“I went through all that stuff, so this is not scary,” he said of the kind of blowback Gillis faced, noting that he apologized for his “ignorant” AIDS jokes. “All this stuff they are talking about: ‘Hey, welcome to the club.’”

This probably won’t be the last forthcoming interview Murphy gives in the coming weeks. Dolemite Is My Name, a biopic about blaxploitation-era comic Rudy Ray Moore, is set to hit theaters on October 4, and has already generated awards buzz after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The awards season is going to be long and full of earnest campaigning.

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Bill Cosby’s Publicist Hits Back at Eddie Murphy After SNL Jab, Calls Him a ‘Hollywood Slave’

Bill Cosby‘s spokesperson released a lengthy statement criticizing comedian Eddie Murphy, calling him a “Hollywood slave” after mocking the imprisoned Cosby on Saturday Night Live during his opening monologue.

In this past weekend’s highly anticipated episode, Murphy — who launched his career on the show, and hosted for the first time in 35 years — used his opening monologue to take aim at his fellow comedian, who was convicted on three counts of sexual assault in 2018 and has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 60 women.

Murphy referenced Cosby’s downfall after telling the audience that he now has a year-old baby and nine other children, and that as a father-of-10 kids are now the focus of his life.

“If you told me 30 years ago that I’d be this boring stay-at-home house dad and Bill Cosby would be in jail, even I wouldn’t have took that bet,” Murphy said, breaking into a Cosby impression. “Who is America’s Dad now?”

On Sunday night, Wyatt responded to the jab with a lengthy post shared on Cosby’s official Instagram. The statement noted that Cosby had paved the way for the careers of Murphy and other black comedians who had taken the stage with him Saturday evening.

“It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby,” the statement said. “One would think that Mr. Murphy was given his freedom to leave the plantation, so that he could make his own decisions; but he decided to sell himself back to being a Hollywood Slave. Stepin Fetchit plus cooning equals the destruction of Black Men in Hollywood.” Fetchit was a character made famous by actor Lincoln Perry, who is now considered by many to be America’s first African American film star for his portrayal of the lazy, shiftless “Stepin Fetchit” character, that viewed through a modern lens is considered by many to be painfully racist.

Wyatt said that he hoped Murphy and Cosby could have a “meeting of the minds conversation, in order to discuss how we can use our collective platforms to enhance Black people rather than bringing all of us down together.”

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Murphy and Cosby have seemingly had a tense relationship for decades. In the 1980s, Cosby lectured Murphy for his comic use of profanity. This past summer, Murphy also told Jerry Seinfeld in an episode of the show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee that he felt Cosby had unfairly targeted him earlier in his career, calling his behavior “mean” and noting that he had criticized Murphy for foul language. Murphy, who is known for doing imitations of Cosby, also did a pointed impression of the comedian while accepting the Mark Twain Prize in 2015. Murphy himself, has faced a sexual misconduct allegation. In 1989, an actress cast in his film sued him for sexual harassment and breach of contract.

Wyatt has fiercely — and colorfully — defended Cosby and other men accused of sexual assault over the past few years, comparing the way Cosby was treated to the persecution of Jesus Christ and saying that the comedian and then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were victims of a “sex war.”

Cosby is the first high-profile conviction in the #MeToo era, and last year was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. Although he was only sentenced in the Constand case, at least 60 women came forward with similar stories of sexual misconduct at the hands of the comedian who created a wholesome image as “America’s Dad” on The Cosby Show, which ran for eight seasons on NBC — the same network that airs Saturday Night Live.

Wyatt’s statement also comes less that two weeks after Cosby lost his appeal to overturn the conviction in Pennsylvania, and the appeals court upheld his classification as a sexually violent predator who faces lifetime supervision.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele spoke out after the appeals court decision, and thanked Constand for coming forward with her story, which many credit with helping many other victims find the courage to share their own stories of sexual abuse.

“She came to law enforcement almost 15 years ago seeking justice for what was done to her,” he said. “The world is forever changed because of Andrea’s bravery.”

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  • Eddie Murphy hosted Saturday Night Live on December 21, 2019 after being away from the program for roughly 35 years.
  • The Coming to America actor was once livid at David Spade over a joke, which could explain why he hadn’t returned to the NBC comedy series sooner.
  • David and Eddie have since made up.

Eddie Murphy triumphantly returned to Saturday Night Live last night.

Besides making a quick guest appearance in SNL’s 40th anniversary show in 2015 though, Eddie hadn’t been on the sketch series since he left in 1984. It’s quite surprising, considering that after his four-year stint on SNL he went on to become a mega-successful movie star.

After doing a little digging though, it sounds like Eddie intentionally distanced himself from SNL after he left in the mid-’80s. Unfortunately, the comedian told Rolling Stone back in 2011 that after his departure, he felt SNL was “sh–ty” to him “a couple of times.”

Most notably, he called out an instance when fellow comedian David Spade took a shot at him during a “Hollywood Minute” bit on the show. David, while showing an image of Eddie around the time his films Harlem Nights and Vampire in Brooklyn came out, cracked the joke, “Look, children, it’s a falling star. Make a wish!”

“There was that David Spade sketch. I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore,” Eddie recalled to the magazine.

He continued: “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? I’m one of you guys.'”

Eddie Murphy doing an opening monologue on SNL in 1982. NBC

In the same interview, Eddie went on to point out that the joke had to have gone through the writers and executive producer Lorne Michaels himself, which made it even worse. It’s something that made him “feel sh–ty” for years, he said. Thankfully though, he no longer “lets it linger,” which could explain why he’s decided to come back in 2019.

When David told his side of the story in his 2015 book Almost Interesting: The Memoir, the Black Sheep actor recalled that Eddie called him up several times the following Monday after the joked aired. After David reluctantly agreed to take the call, Eddie fired off many expletives at him.

Chris Rock (left), David Spade (middle) and Eddie Murphy (right). Alberto E. Rodriguez

“I barely spoke,” he said. “I just stared at Rock in disbelief. It was so much worse than I had imagined. I wanted to apologize, explain the joke, anything, but nothing came out … I had worshipped this dude for years, knew every line of his stand-up. And now he hated me. Like, really really hated me.”

Over time though, David came to understand why Eddie was so upset. “Everybody in showbiz wants people to like them. That’s how you get fans. But when you get reamed in a sketch or online or however, that s–t stings. And it can add up quickly. Then before you know it you’re a punch line.”

What’s more, David further confirmed that he and Eddie are cool again.

“My Watergate with Eddie Murphy was over. My burden was lifted,” he wrote after making peace with Eddie. “After all those years, that stupid joke can just be that, a stupid joke.”

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NBC’s ‘SNL’ takes its shot at Browns DE Myles Garrett in cold open

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s helmet swing from Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers extends all the way to NBC’s studios in Manhattan.

Garrett, recently suspended indefinitely by the NFL for cracking Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on the head with his own helmet in the final moments of that game, made a cameo in “Saturday Night Live” cold open courtesy of comedic actor Kenan Thompson, who has been a mainstay in the show’s cast for 16 years.

Set up as a spoof on impeachment in the guise of a take of the venerable NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” “Days of our Impeachment” tackled the topic of the moment with appearances, as portrayed members of the “SNL” cast, by Rep. Adam Schiff, Rudy Giuliani, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and others.

Thompson’s Garrett appears near the end of the sketch with a Steelers helmet in hand, ultimately revealing that President Donald Trump had pardoned him for his on-the-field transgression and gave him permission to take the helmet to Afghanistan to “go nuts.”

As is a lot of sketches on “SNL” the tone was a bit uneven, some moments worthy of laughs — Garrett’s cameo received the heartiest from the studio audience, but seemed out of place. As for Thompson’s portrayal? He probably could have done the sketch without making the articulate Garrett sound like a stereotypical “dumb jock.”