The Biggest Highlights From Eddie Murphy’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Appearance

Eddie Murphy got his start on Saturday Night Live and is considered one of the show’s breakout stars. He went on to become one of the world’s most successful comedy actors and never really looked back. But on Dec. 21, Murphy made his highly anticipated return to the NBC sketch series, where he performed comedy for the first time in 35 years. Here are the biggest highlights from Murphy’s Saturday Night Live appearance.

Eddie Murphy at an event in 2019
Eddie Murphy at an event in 2019 | Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix

Murphy and co. opened the show

During the monologue, Murphy told the audience how excited he was to be back on the SNL stage.

“It’s great to be back here finally hosting Saturday Night Live for Christmas,” he said. “This is the last episode of 2019, but if you’re black this is the first episode since I left back in 1984.”

Murphy was then greeted by some of your favorite comedians, including Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle. The comedians celebrated Murphy’s return and told the Norbit actor how much he inspired their careers.

“You know, I followed your blueprint for my career,” Chappelle told Murphy.

“Did you?” Murphy asked.

“Yeah, I became the biggest star in television and then I quit,” the former Chappelle’s Show host teased.

Watch the moment around the 2:20 mark

Murphy brought back Mister Robinson

Murphy also revived “Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood,” which is a parody of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In the skit, Murphy returned to his block to find that the neighborhood had gone through gentrification.

“I was gone for a bit, but now I’m all right. My neighbors were all black, but now they’re white. The check cashing place turned into a bank; elevator works and the stairs stink. The white people came and changed everything, but I am still your neighbor,” he sang.

He was visited by his new neighbors and another interesting guest.

Murphy reprised his role as Velvet Jones

Murphy also brought back his character Velvet Jones, who was a contestant on “Black Jeopardy.” During the segment, Jones kept promoting his famous book, I Wanna Be a Ho — which teaches women how to make money from their bedrooms — and some other controversial ones.

Who’s under the costume?

In another segment, judges on The Masked Singer tried to figure out the man underneath a corn costume. As the man started belting out a tune, it immediately became obvious that it was Buckwheat, another one of Murphy’s most iconic SNL characters. Unmasked, Buckwheat went on to sing songs such as “Feliz Navidad” and “Single Ladies.”

Gumby came back, too

During the show’s “Weekend Update” segment, Gumby stormed the stage and interrupted the set.

“I’m Gumby, damn it,” Murphy’s character yelled.

When Michael Che asked why he was there, Gumby fired back.

“What am I doing here? The question here, Michael Che, is how the hell are you going to put on a show and not have me in the show until now!? I should’ve been in every damn sketch!”

Gumby insisted that he’d made Murphy a star and that he deserved some respect. As the minutes ticked on, Gumby got increasingly heated.

Murphy became a trending topic on social media as the episode aired.

In case you missed it, some sources say that the episode will soon be available on Hulu, so get ready.