Eddie Murphy is bringing back the funny.
The comedian appeared Sunday night during the “Feeding America Comedy Festival” and debuted a new character, a fictional soul singer named Murray Murray.
“If you got a record player, you know Murray Murray,” Murphy said in character, according to USA Today. “If I got this voice and Jesus couldn’t sing, then it must be the Voice of the Lord. All I am is a gift from God.”
He added, “I coined the phrase ‘I have a dream,’ before Martin Luther King. That was actually going to be the name of my album, I Have a Dream. He liked the way that flowed, with a good hook. He took that and run with it.”
Murray Murray then explained that his career came to a halt due to “soul-itis.”
“My doctor told me I was one note from dying of soul-itis,” he said.