In July 1976, at only 15 years old, Eddie Murphy made his stand up comedy debut at the Roosevelt Youth Centre, performing the routines written by him. After that Eddie Murphy started to perform in bars and youth centres and the comedian used the money for his enrolment at Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York.
Eddie Murphy's stand up comedy show was noticed at New York's Comic Strip, by the co-owners Robert Wachs and Richard Tienkin, who decided to give him a chance and agreed to manage the young comedian.
In 1980, Eddie Murphy persuaded Neil Levy, the talent coordinator on Saturday Night Live, to give him a chance on the show. Even though Neil Levy refused Eddie Murphy the first few times, the comedian was so persistent that Neil Levy finally agreed to get him an audition for the cast of Saturday Night Live.
After the audition of Eddie Murphy for SNL, Neil Levy was so impressed by Eddie Murphy's stand up talent, that he started to plead for the comedian with SNL producer, Jean Doumanian. Eddie Murphy's SNL audition was just the first step, because he had to be seen by the producer, but after she saw Eddie Nurphy's audition , Jean Doumanian agreed to convince the network to allow Eddie Murphy on SNL as a featured player.
Eddie Murphy's SNL debut was in the second episode pf the 1980-1981 season, while the show was hosted by Malcom Mcdowell and two weeks later, the comedian had his first specking role on Weekend Update as Raheem Abdul Muhummad. The first Eddie Murphy SNL skit was called In Search of the Negro Republican. After that, Eddie Murphy's SNL career started to grow, becoming a full cast member.
In 1981, the network fired Jean Doumanian and brought back in Dick Ebersol, who created the show back in 1974. The corporation also fired everybody in the SNL cast, beside Eddie Murphy and Joe Picopo and in April 1981, Eddie Murphy SNL career had the breakthrough. Eddie Murphy's SNL charactersStevie Wonder or Jerry Lewis. Creations included Buckwheat, Mr Robinson and many Eddie Murphy celebrity impresions on Bill Cosby.
In 1982, Eddie Murphy's stand up comedy show Comedian was recorded live at the Comic Strip and in 1984, Eddie Murphy won a Grammy as Best Comedy LP for this.
Eddie Murphy's SNL career was stoped in the 1983-1984 season, when the comedian left the show, appearing in filmed sketches for the remainder of that season.
In 1982, at only 21 years old, Eddie Murphy's movie debut took place, along side Nick Nolte in 48 Hours. 48 Hours starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte was a big succes, with over $5 million in its first week. 48 Hours made Eddie Murphy the first ever paid with $1 million at his debut and the luck continued in December 1982, when Nick Nolte was suposed to host SNL , but he got sick, so Eddie Murphy took his place and hosted the show, opening with the phrase "Live from New York, It's the Eddie Murphy Show!"
Eddie Murphy career - winning awardsIn 1983, Eddie Murphy was cast in Trading Place, playing the role of Billy Ray Valentine. Eddie Murphy Trading Place movie was the first collaboration of the actor and comedian with John Landis, the director that would later directed also Eddie Murphy's Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop.
In 1983 Eddie Murphy Delirious stand up comedy show had the premier, being comedian's first stand up comedy show after Eddie Murphy SNL success.
Eddie Murphy Delirious was recorded at Constitution Hall in Washington DC, being released on video the same year. Eddie Murphy Delirious stand up comedy show on DVD was released on February 2007. The connection between Eddie Murphy's SNL career and Eddie Murphy's stand up comedy career is the fact that some of Eddie Murphy SNL characters were impersonated in Eddie Murphy Delirious.
In 1984 Eddie Murphy's movie career continued with his role in Beverly Hills Cop, the movie that was a box office hit with over $200 million.
In 1986, Eddie Murphy was cast in The Golden Child, which was a success in box office even thogugh the critics were not so great. Eddie Murphy's Golden Child movie was a supernatural comedy, but it didn't get the succes of comedian's previous movie, Beverly Hills Cop.
In 1987, Eddie Murphy returned with his detective Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop II. Eddie Murphy Beverly Hills Cop II was directed by Tony Scott and was again a box office hit with $150 million.
Also in 1987, was premiered Eddie Murphy Raw stand up comedy show , which is comedian's second stand up comedy show, after Eddie Murphy Delirious.
Eddie Murphy Raw stand up comedy show was filmed in New York City, called now The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden and was released on video the same year. Eddie Murphy Raw stand up comedy show was released on DVD in September 2004.
In 1988, the comedian played several characters , Prince Akeem/Clarence/Randy Watson/Saul, in the comedy "Coming to America" , directed by John Landis, the same the comedian worked with for Trading Places.
In 1989, Eddie Murphy directed and played in the movie Harlem Nights, but the movie was a failure.
In 1990, Eddie Murphy was cast in Another 48 Hours alongside Nick Nolte and the movie was a middling hit in box office, but couldn't regain the shine for Eddie Murphy. Niether the Boomerangfrom 1992 didn't have a success in resuscitating Eddie Murphy's acting career. In 1994, Eddie Murphy unfortunately, followed this semi-success in his career with the uninspired Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) and the unmemorable Vampire in Brooklyn (1995).
In 1996, Eddie Murphy went back to his first love, the comedic invention, and played several characters in the film The Nutty Professor and two years later , in 1998, he starred the family film Doctor Doolittle. The same year, Eddie Murphy voice impersonated Mushu the Lizard in Disney's animation Mulan.
In 1999, Eddie Murphy continued with his comedy career, by starring in Bowfinger, alongside Steve Martin, who was also the screenplay writer.