Eddie Murphy’s brief appearance on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special was the main disappointment of an overall successful evening for the classic comedy. After a long introduction from Chris Rock in which the comedian praised Murphy as his idol, “I wanted to be Eddie Muprhy,” Rock said, Murphy took the stage after 30 years and received a standing ovation. His overdue appearance lasted only 73 seconds.
What I didn't expect from SNL40 is a stiff, humorless Eddie Murphy for about 40 seconds.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) February 16, 2015
Eddie Murphy finally shows up at an SNL reunion, is needy, not funny.— Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) February 16, 2015
#SNL50 ratings are gonna be huge in 2025, especially if Eddie Murphy tells a joke.— Matt Mitovich (@MattMitovich) February 16, 2015
In that short span of time, Murphy awkwardly addressed the crowd with barely a thank you. Fans are confused as to why Murphy tried to keep the cameras rolling away from him instead of reprising any of his legendary characters or bits from his SNL days. Did the comedian lose his jokes?