Comedy fans are in for a treat. Legendary actor Eddie Murphy will be making a comeback as a standup comedy artist after a long time. Ahead of his upcoming Netflix special, he has agreed to perform a comedy set from his home. It would be his effort for comedian Byron Allen’s upcoming Feeding America Comedy Festival. The festival’s aim is to raise funds for several food banks.
Who all will be taking part in the charity event?
Joining Murphy in the charity event would be fellow comedy actors Adam Sandler and Kevin Hart. Additionally, comedians Tiffany Haddish, Marlon Wayans, and Taraji P. Henson will also perform their sets from home. The date of the event is 9th May. The charity event will run for three hours. However, it won’t be available to be streamed on any streaming service. Instead, it would exclusively be broadcast on Comedy.TV and The Weather Channel. Allen’s media company owns these network channels.
Byron Allen on his planned charity event
Allen voiced his pleasure at planning the proposed charity event with his comedian friends. He said that his media group company was pleased to stream the event globally and were looking towards a favorable response towards the charitable event. The former comedian also stated that laughter was indeed the best medicine, and they will aim to ease the worries of families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Murphy’s recent on-screen success
Murphy is riding high on his recent successes. His Netflix movie Dolemite Is My Name was a hit with the audience and the critics alike. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the film. Murphy also returned to host Saturday Night Live after a gap of thirty-five years. His upcoming Netflix special was expected to be released on the streaming platform by the end of this year. However, this is now an uncertainty due to comedy clubs closing down due to the onset of the coronavirus.
Source: Collider, InsideNova