Comedian Eddie Murphy was honored with the Mark Twain Prize on Sunday, and he decided to talk about one the award's past recipients: Bill Cosby. It's a big deal for Murphy to talk about Bill Cosby, because he famously refused to play him in a sketch during SNL's recent 40th anniversary. Also, Eddie Murphy hasn't gotten out there and told a joke on stage since 1987. It's a testament to Eddie Murphy's talent that he's so famous as a joke-teller when most people born in the last three decades know him from movies like Norbit. His timing is certainly still good, though, and the audience appears to be loving it in the clip below (his speech begins around 3:32):
Bill has one of these. Did y'all make Bill give his back? No, because I know there was a big outcry from people — they was trying to get Bill to give his trophies back. You know you f*cked up when they want you to give your trophies back.
He should do one show where he just comes out and he just talks crazy now. 'I would like to talk to some of the people who feel like I should give back my motherf*ckin' trophies!'
How funny you find this might rely on how funny you find Bill Cosby jokes, but Murphy's just getting back in the saddle. Earlier in the clip he suggests that there may be more jokes to come, so maybe he'll have some laughs for people who don't like the Pudding Pop voice.