Eddie Murphy Reportedly Making Standup Comeback with Lucrative Netflix Deal

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Eddie Murphy is interested in making his return to standup comedy. The iconic comedian is reportedly in talks with Netflix to create multiple comedy specials in a deal estimated to be worth $70 million.

Murphy revealed in the new season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix series, Comedians in Car Getting Coffee, that he wanted to return to standup.

Imma do it again. Everything has to, be right,” said Murphy referencing standup comedy.

And now, it may just all be. According to TMZ, the comedian has been locked in talks with the streaming giant for an undisclosed number of comedy specials. Sources told TMZ that figure is hovering around $70 million, but they haven’t been able to confirm the exact figure.

$70 million is in line with what Netflix has dished out for recently dished out for comedians. As the New York Post reports, Dave Chappelle raked in $20 million for each of his three award-winning specials, Chris Rock banked $40 million for his two-show package and Amy Schumer reportedly asked for — and received — more than $11 million for her last Netflix showcase.

Seems like it’s time to get excited for a standup return of Eddie Murphy.

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Bryant Lydell is creative, personable and quick-witted Howard and USC alum. He's the founder of The Top Tea, a songwriter, screenwriter and member of the casting team for Netflix's NAACP Image Award-winning hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow.

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