In the ’80s, Eddie Murphy nailed impersonations of Michael Jackson, James Brown and Stevie Wonder. He was supposed to resurrect his Bill Cosby act for Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary special. However, it didn’t feel quite right following the nasty sexual abuse allegations.

“It’s horrible,” Murphy told the Washington Post. “There’s nothing funny about it. If you get up there and you crack jokes about him, you’re just hurting people. You’re hurting him. You’re hurting his accusers. I was like, ‘Hey, I’m coming back to SNL for the anniversary, I’m not turning my moment on the show into this other thing.”

He changed his mind a bit on Sunday when he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at Washington’s Kennedy Center. Murphy broke out his first Cosby impersonation in 28 years. It was good — so good that a new stand-up special from Murphy might not be a distant thought.


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