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  • -My first guest is a legendary performer

  • and one of the biggest stars on the planet.

  • He's a multiple award-winning actor and comedian

  • that's been making us laugh for the past 40 years.

  • His highly anticipated sequel "Coming 2 America"

  • is available on Amazon Prime Video on March 5th,

  • next Friday, March 5th.

  • It is going break Amazon Prime Video.

  • That's how funny this thing is.

  • Here he is, Eddie Murphy!

  • Eddie, thank you so much.

  • -Hey, what's going on, man?

  • Thanks for having me.

  • -Ah, are you kidding me? I always love having you here.

  • I appreciate this.

  • The last time you were on our show

  • was a little over a year ago

  • when we had people in the audience,

  • and you were hosting "Saturday Night Live"

  • for the first time in 35 years.

  • -Yeah.

  • -And you knocked it out of the park! I loved it!

  • -Yeah, that was a great show-business moment for me.

  • To go back to the show and have the show be as good as it was

  • and for so many people tune in,

  • that was a great show-business moment for me.

  • -For everybody. Everyone needed --

  • It was just so perfect, and it was funny,

  • and you won an Emmy. Congratulations for that.

  • -Oh, yeah, yeah. That was the cherry on top.

  • -Yeah, that was the extra jam, 'cause you go,

  • "Wow, I'm just doing this for fun."

  • -That was like, you know, winning the basketball game

  • at the buzzer by dunking and you shatter the backboard.

  • -[ Laughing ] Yeah. Oh, my God.

  • -Yeah. Then they lift you up. -It was a moment like that.

  • -They lift you up, yeah.

  • What was it like going back to Studio 8H and --

  • What was your memory? Were you like, "Oh yeah --"

  • What was the night like?

  • -It was surreal. It was surreal.

  • And I was tripping of off how it's the exact same --

  • You know, it's the same --

  • They've been doing that show the same way for 45 years.

  • It's a trip.

  • The exact same way.

  • So it was a trip. It was like going back to high school

  • and them giving you your old schedule.

  • and be like, "Okay, I have lunch at this today.

  • I got science at 12:00."

  • That's what it was like.

  • But it was bunch of new students, though.

  • You sit in your old classroom and look at my old locker.

  • It was that kind of -- -It was so good.

  • Congrats on that. I just loved every single thing.

  • Honestly, I was nerding out.

  • And it was just well done.

  • It was just a home run, home run.

  • Speaking of home runs, I got to talk about "Coming 2 America."

  • The sequel is something that people have been wanting

  • since the first one came out in 1988.

  • Why was now the right time?

  • How did you know to do it now?

  • -We never thought about doing a sequel to the movie.

  • We thought it was over,

  • 'cause the story ended with him going off.

  • It looked like they was going to live happily ever after,

  • and that was the end of the story.

  • And then the movie became this cult movie, like, you know,

  • of all the movies that I've done, "Coming to America"

  • is the one that like worked its way into the culture

  • in all these different ways,

  • little catchphrases from the movie.

  • Quest used to have a band called "The Randy Watson Experience."

  • Questlove. He did. He used to have a little --

  • So it's like you have stuff like that.

  • And you have, like, on Halloween, people get dressed up

  • as characters from "Coming to America."

  • There's a restaurant in New York -- I mean in L.A.

  • that on Halloween changed itself into McDowell's Restaurant.

  • And they have, like, Sexual Chocolate milkshakes and stuff.

  • So it was like, yo, this movie's like a cult movie, you know.

  • So I was like, "Yo."

  • So, it took 25 years for it to become that.

  • Then I started to, you know, thinking, "Hey, if I could

  • figure out a way to connect those dots,

  • we could do a sequel to those movies."

  • And I got an idea, and it all kind of came together.

  • -Can you set up for everyone where the sequel picks up?

  • -The sequel picks up 30 years later,

  • and we're right in the middle of our happily ever after,

  • and then we have to deal with a very modern problem.

  • [ Laughs ]

  • Our fairy tale is disrupted by a very modern problem.

  • -Mm-hmm. Yep. Exactly right.

  • It is so beyond funny.

  • I want to -- I mean, just crush. I mean, just crush.

  • You doing all your characters.

  • The barbershop crew is back.

  • Arsenio doing the other characters.

  • Leslie Jones, by the way --

  • Wow. -Leslie Jones, Leslie Jones,

  • talk about -- Leslie Jones in this movie is insane.

  • -I mean, everyone's home right now.

  • We need something funny. It is so funny.

  • -Nice. It's funny, light, funny,

  • put a little smile on your heart.

  • It's a nice little movie.

  • I'm so proud of it.

  • -And the spoilers -- I don't want to spoil everything,

  • but Wesley Snipes.

  • -Wesley Snipes.

  • I had just did --

  • Last year, I did "Dolemite is my Name"

  • with Wesley Snipes.

  • And we had such an incredible time making that film

  • and had just such strong screen chemistry,

  • I just wanted to work with him right again.

  • We went right into this.

  • The role that he's playing in the movie,

  • originally, I was supposed to play the General Izzi.

  • I was supposed to be the General Izzi,

  • and I was supposed to be the witch doctor,

  • and it was like,

  • Wesley would be so much better in that role than me,

  • 'cause Wesley can be menacing.

  • If I would have been the General,

  • I would have just been funny, and it would have been me

  • being threatened by one of my characters.

  • It wouldn't have been the same.

  • But Wesley brought this whole other [bleep] to it

  • and just jumped off the screen. -He's menacing but funny.

  • -And funny, yeah.

  • You know, people forgot about that Wesley could do everything.

  • 'Cause Wesley became famous for doing them action movies

  • and became this big action star,

  • people forgot that Wesley can do drama.

  • Wesley can do comedy. Wesley can do action, movies.

  • -"White Men Can't Jump."

  • -Yeah, -"White Men Can't Jump," "To Wong Foo."

  • Wesley is the great Wesley Snipes.

  • The great Wesley Snipes, yo.

  • Yeah, he crushed this movie.

  • -And I have to -- Randy Watson, Sexual Chocolate.

  • -That's my favorite of all the characters to do

  • is Randy Watson.

  • If I could figure out a way

  • to do a whole Randy Watson movie, I would do it.

  • He's a funny character.

  • -The mic drop.

  • I've seen this on the Internet.

  • There's a debate. There's something going around.

  • People say that that is the very first-ever mic drop

  • in the history of pop culture.

  • -Yeah, I don't know what anyone is debating about,

  • 'cause I heard somebody say --

  • Somebody was like, "Oh, it started with the rappers."

  • The very first mic drop ever, ever, where it's like,

  • what I said was so -- you know, so fly,

  • there's nothing left to say, and I'm dropping the mic,

  • that's Randy Watson.

  • Now, in 1983,

  • at the end of "Delirious," I threw my mic down

  • and it slid down to the ground, but that wasn't a mic drop.

  • I said, "Thank you. Good night." I throw the mic down cool.

  • It wasn't like a, you know, I crushed and dropped.

  • The very first one to do that is Randy Watson.

  • -Wow. -And I defy anyone

  • to find any footage of anyone doing that before Randy Watson.

  • -Yeah, I agree.

  • What was it, Whitney Houston, what did he sing?

  • He sang --

  • Why did he drop the mic, again?

  • -Yeah, he was -- "The Greatest Love of All."

  • -"Greatest Love of All."

  • -And he crushed it and dropped the mic at the end of it.

  • -Oh, my gosh.

  • -And you know what? That was improvised.

  • That was an improvised moment,

  • and the name of the band, Sexual Chocolate,

  • that night, I must have said 10 --

  • Every take, I would say a different name to the band.

  • "This is my band So and So."

  • And it would just get more and more ridiculous.

  • Then that was the ridiculous one that stayed in.

  • But somewhere, there's all these other names

  • of that band that night.

  • -Sexual Chocolate. I'm telling you --

  • -Sexual Chocolate is insane.

  • -That is the dumbest name I've ever heard in my entire --

  • -[ Laughs ] -It's levels of funny.

  • It's levels.

  • But you know, someone should make a real Sexual Chocolate.

  • Just call the Willy Wonka people or whoever makes chocolate bars,

  • Hershey's or whatever it is.

  • -Amazon did this cool thing,

  • promotion for this film on Valentine's Day.

  • They sent out all these chocolates

  • with Randy Watson's picture on it.

  • It was Randy Watson's Sexual Chocolates.

  • There was a picture of Randy singing to the chocolate.

  • It was hysterical.

  • -I want to show a clip

  • and hopefully -- It doesn't even do the film --

  • I'm telling you, if you want to laugh --

  • Everyone needs a laugh right now.

  • If you want some heart, just get together

  • with whoever you can in your pod or whatever you can do,

  • call somebody and say, "Let's start it at this time."

  • You will love this movie. I want to show everyone a clip.

  • Here's Eddie Murphy in "Coming 2 America."

  • Take a look.

  • -Soon, Nextdoorian warriors will assassinate me.

  • I have a child on the other side of the world.

  • -Take heart in your grief. You are King now.

  • Be as your father.

  • Bark orders at me. Throw things at me.

  • It will make you happy.

  • -Prepare the royal jet.

  • We are going back to America.

  • -Oh, hell no, Your Majesty.

  • -More with Eddie Murphy when we come back, everybody.

-My first guest is a legendary performer

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