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Eddie Murphy: A Successful Comedian

Eddie Murphy was an actor and a comedian who began his standup career when he was a teenager. He was a popular cast member in “Saturday Night Live” and starred in many blockbuster movies. At the age of 21, in “48 hours”, he starred with Nick Nolte and went on to be a part of movies like “Beverly Hills Cop”, “Trading Places”, “Shrek”, “Coming To America”, and “The Nutty Professor.” He was also into dramas, comedies, and family films, along with making many movies.

Eddie Murphy

The early life of Murphy

April 3rd, 1961, was the day a great comedian and an actor, Eddie Regan Murphy, was born in Brooklyn, New York. He started his projects in Bushwick with his father, Charles, his mother, a New York police officer, a mature comedian, Lillian, and his brother, Charles, a telephone operator. When he was three years old, his parents divorced, and when he was five, his father died.
Murphy watched many television shows where he learned excellent impressions skills and did the characters like Sylvester the Cat, Bugs Bunny, ND Bullwinkle. By doubling his classes and attending night and summer schools, he graduated in just a couple of months. He was voted as the most popular boy in his graduating class, and thus he declared his career plan to be a comedian.

SNL, Mainstream Success

Fulfilling the words of his mother, Murphy got his enrollment in Nassau Community College after high school. He also worked as a shoe store clerk as a part-timer. He enjoyed his sessions and performed in local clubs, which became mainstream for him to do so. He worked into such New York City venues as the Comic Strip while billing himself as a great comedian Richard Pryor’s disciple. After joining SNL, he became the most vital comedic presence by creating memorable characters like Mister Robinson, Buckwheat, and others. He continues his skilful impersonations by adding James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Bill Cosby, Jerry Lewis, and Muhammad Ali to his repertoire. He received criticism for characterisations based on black stereotypes. However, he defended his performances, claiming that the characters are abstract to be taken seriously.

His music career

When he became famous as a stand-up comedian, he took advantage of his fame and released his musical album in 1985, “How could it be?” produced by the legend of the industry, Rick James. His first single album was “Part All the Time,” which had been a great success while it peaked number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. He followed with the albums like “Happy” in 1989, “Love’s Alright” in 1993, where he collaborated with the great Michael Jackson on the single “Whatzupwitu”, though as well as his debut, no albums fared.

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