Saturday Night Live

Season 8 Episode 9

Eddie Murphy/Lionel Richie

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Dec 11, 1982 on NBC
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Eddie Murphy/Lionel Richie
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Live from New York, it's... "the Eddie Murphy Show"!

Sketches include "A Message From Eddie," "Rubik's Grenade," "Merry Christmas, Dammit!," "Kensington Dance Theatre for the Blind," "Clysler-Prymouth," "Hairum Scarem," "Herpes Simplex Family," and "April May June's Holiday Message."

Lionel Richie performed "You Are" and "Truly."moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Eddie Murphy

    Eddie Murphy

    Himself

    Guest Star

    Lionel Richie

    Lionel Richie

    Himself

    Guest Star

    Steve Martin (I)

    Steve Martin (I)

    Himself (cameo)

    Guest Star

    Harry Anderson

    Harry Anderson

    Himself

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Gumby: Merry Christmas, Dammit! I am Gumby, and I want to say before I get started... it's about time the swines at the network gave me my own special. I've been sitting in my living room watching specials by nobodies like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for years. Hey, Rudy- Drop dead, baby! This is my special! We know why the nose is red, Rudy! [ mimes drinking ] You know, this is the part of the special when I was going to decorate the Christmas tree with my very good friend, Sammy Davis, Jr. [ walks over to the huge Christmas tree ] But, unfortunately, Sammy could not be here tonight... but he did send us this lovely ornament to decorate the tree with... [ pulls out an eyeball attached to a hook, and hangs it to the tree as the audience groans ] Shut up! Here's looking at you, Sammy. Merry Christmas, Dammit!

      • Steve Martin: You know, I'm sitting at home, watching the show, they say there's gonna be no host! I'm sittin' home alone. I say, "What's goin' on here? No host?!" And I'm sittin' home alone?! ... (audience cheers) I mean, Eddie -- you're takin' money out o' MY pocket! ... I'm a professional host! I mean, you got a lot o' guys! (counts on his fingers) You got Letterman, you got Carson, you got me, you got Buck Henry! We're sittin' home alone?! ... I mean, I got mouths to feed! I got thirteen illegitimate kids across the country!

    • NOTES (5)

      • "Clysler-Prymouth" and "A Christmas Message from April May June" were removed from the NBC rerun of this show. "Hitchcock Hygiene" (from the Moranis/Thomas show) appears instead.

      • This is Steve Martin's only appearance during the Ebersol years. He interrupts Eddie Murphy during the goodnights.

      • The only time in the broadcast where it seems obvious that the cast resented Eddie Murphy hosting was during the farewell, when Lionel Richie and the players stand a fair distance away from him. In response to this hostility, he referred to the episode as "The Eddie Murphy Show" several times over the course of the broadcast.

      • The scheduled host, Nick Nolte, backed out of the show the Tuesday of show week, citing fatigue and burnout. As Nolte was hosting to promote the film "48 Hours," Dick Ebersol chose to have his co-star, Eddie Murphy, host.

      • Eddie Murphy is the only cast member to host the show while still a cast member. The decision to have him host upset most of the cast, especially Joe Piscopo, who wanted to host the show himself while doing his Frank Sinatra impression.

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