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Spike TV Announces All-Star Lineup For Eddie Murphy Special: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Others

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 11, 2012 4:14 PM
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This should be fun; I'll be watching on Wednesday, November 14

From a Spike TV press release...

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR LINEUP FOR EDDIE MURPHY SPECIAL; TALENT INCLUDES MANY SUPERSTAR FRIENDS OF THE COMEDY ICON: CHRIS ROCK, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, TRACY MORGAN, ARSENIO HALL, BRETT RATNER, CHARLIE MURPHY AND MARTIN LAWRENCE ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR

New York, NY - October 11, 2012 - Some of Hollywood's biggest names will turn out to toast their friend for "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only," the first-ever televised tribute to the comedic superstar. The celebrity lineup features many of Murphy's peers and co-stars including: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Tracy Morgan, Arsenio Hall, Brett Ratner, Charlie Murphy, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Martin Lawrence. "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" will tape on Saturday, November 3 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles and will air on Wednesday, November 14.

The exclusive Spike TV event, produced in conjunction with Don Mischer Productions, will include short films, musical performances, sketch comedy and will culminate in an appearance by Murphy. "There is no better time than the present to honor a man who has for three decades touched the hearts of millions through laughter," says Murphy's brother and Executive Producer Vernon Lynch.

"Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" will pay homage to Murphy's journey from a 15-year-old aspiring comedian, to the record-breaking "Raw," which remains the highest grossing stand-up film of all time, to his indelible characters and impressions from "Saturday Night Live" including Buckwheat, Gumby, Mr. Robinson and James Brown.

The special marks 30 years since the release of the groundbreaking stand-up concert film "Delirious," and the classic film "48 Hrs.," which featured the breakout performances that made him one of the biggest superstars in the world.

Spike TV has been an industry leader in original event programming honoring male icons and heroes from the worlds of comedy, sports and entertainment. Recent honorees at various signature events include Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Robert Downey Jr, LeBron James, Adam Sandler, Kobe Bryant and more.

Don Mischer, Casey Patterson, Charlie Haykel, and Vernon Lynch serve as Executive Producers for "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" with Juliane Hare as Producer.

For more information and photo highlights from the groundbreaking career of Eddie Murphy, fans can go to the event site at eddie.spike.com

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5 Comments

  • CareyCarey | October 12, 2012 7:37 AMReply

    I am not a big fan of "roasts" because they're seldom funny. Amusing - and sometimes - embarrassingly witty, but seldom do the comedians/roasters make me laugh out loud. But Eddie Murphy was arguably, in his time, one of the funniest stand-up comedians of all time. I'd be hard pressed to name anyone in front of him, besides, of course, Richard Pryor. Now don't get me wrong, Bernie Mack was good, one of the best, and Cedric The Entertainer does his thang (Steve Harvey... not, imo) but Eddie's "Raw" was the shit. And those SNL characters will never be matched, except, maybe, some might put a vote in for Martin Lawrence's characters, Mr. Otis, PJel, Mama Payne, Sha Na Na, Roscoe, King Beef, Jerome and Otis. Those guys still crack me up. Anyway, it's sure to be an entertaining night. Hell, come to think of it, some funny shit is going to hit the floor when Chris Rock, Samuel Jackson, Tracy Morgan and Martin Lawrence take the mic. So disregard what I said in my first sentence (I'm too lazy, to simply go back and delete it :-)

  • ALM | October 11, 2012 10:36 PMReply

    This should be good. Since it's on Spike TV, the guests should really be able to let loose.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | October 11, 2012 10:32 PMReply

    Congrats to him. This is long overdue.

  • slb | October 11, 2012 5:27 PMReply

    This sounds good. Hopefully people will watch this and remember how great a comedian Eddie used to be. Because with all those horrible movies he's made over the years, I think people truly forgot. As evidenced by the jokes and backlash when he was announced (and subsequently withdrew from) as the Oscars host last year. I truly think if he got new representation and stopped doing children's movies and concentrated on adult fare, he'd be back on top again.

  • ChgoSista | October 11, 2012 5:22 PMReply

    Hopefully, this will be NUTS like I want it to be!! :-)

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