Eddie Murphy is promising comedy fans a big comeback.
In a new interview with The New York Times, the comic says new material has been his focus for the past three years.
“I now have a whole lifetime of experiences to draw upon,” Murphy explained. “There was a time when I was at the centre of everything, what I was doing, and how funny I was and how popular.”
He added, “I’m not at the centre. Now my kids are and everything revolves around them.”
The new tell-all interview comes after Murphy reportedly signed a $70 million contract to produce new stand-up comedy specials for Netflix.
Murphy’s first collab with Netflix, and his first film since 2016 (“Mr. Church”), comes this fall with “Dolemite Is My Name” as Rudy Ray Moore.
The flick, which is already generating Oscar buzz follows Murphy as real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter-ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.
“Dolemite Is My Name” debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, but will open in select theatres Oct. 4 before launching on Netflix on Oct. 25.