I admittedly fell asleep before Eddie Murphy’s very brief appearance on “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary special last night – an appearance I was actually looking forward to, as our Twitter followers would know, since I mentioned it early on, in the broadcast. So I missed it – at least, the live version of it. And, as I would find out when I woke up this morning, I didn’t miss anything at all!
I think a lot of us were looking forward to Murphy’s “return” to SNL after 30 years. Our post on the announcement, published a couple of weeks ago, was one of the most-shared items on our social media accounts, that week! And, in the end, most were quite disappointed when the maestro did eventually appear, after a lengthy intro by Chris Rock (an intro that was about 4 times as long as the amount of time Eddie would stand in front of a live studio audience), which was met with a standing ovation! A greeting fit for royalty.
Apparently, he wasn’t actually planning to do much of anything; he may not have even really wanted to be there – even though that’s where his career really launched. After all the hype of a return after 30 long years, his blink-and-you-will-miss-it participation was what many called “an epic fail;” a disappointment during what was a very long (3 1/2 hours), but, from all I’ve read of it this morning, mostly satisfying retrospective of the franchise.
And press and fans alike certainly weren’t shy with their thoughts:
— The Root (@TheRoot) February 16, 2015
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) February 16, 2015
— nApOlOgy (@vanessaallegra) February 16, 2015
— Michael Kearney (@michaelkearney) February 16, 2015
dear eddie murphy, that was the last one. that was the last applause you get for doing dick. next time you show up… show up with material.
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) February 16, 2015
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 16, 2015
How do you have Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock make a dual appearance on SNL and not end up with the greatest moment in comedy history?
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) February 16, 2015
Eddie Murphy finally shows up at an SNL reunion, is needy, not funny.
— Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) February 16, 2015
And that’s what happens when you don’t pay Eddie Murphy. #SNL40
— Linette Lopez (@lopezlinette) February 16, 2015
#Tweeters maybe it’s just me: but this weekend on SNL Eddie Murphy was about as warm and exciting as the the New York weather. Jus’ sayin’.
— Gerald A Johnson (@jschln1) February 16, 2015
— Lu (@NYJPapi) February 16, 2015
— Davesays (@fitzallgood) February 16, 2015
I’m still waiting for more Eddie Murphy
— Nick Cattles (@NickC941) February 16, 2015
And so on, and so forth (the last one was tweeted just minutes ago). I picked these randomly, by the way. Just search Twitter for “Eddie Murphy” and you’ll get your fill.
However, there are some who are *defending* him (not that he needs to be) and his appearance, so it’s not entirely a cavalry of criticism. Here are a couple:
Wow what a bunch of petulant children who think Eddie Murphy owes them entertainment.
— el Sooper ن (@SooperMexican) February 16, 2015
Busy deleting friends who are criticizing Eddie Murphy.
— Karen Renee’ (@Karenreneekc) February 16, 2015
What did you think? Whether about Murphy’s appearance, or about the entire 3 1/2 special – assuming you watched it last night, and didn’t fall asleep like I did?
Here’s Rock’s intro, followed by Murphy’s appearance, if you missed it: