Steve Martin Has a Few Tips for Eddie Murphy on Hosting the Oscars

     September 20, 2011


I am one of those naive suckers who hopes for great things from Eddie Murphy when he hosts the Oscars—I pray the live stage will revive the Funniest Man Alive in him.  I am in good company among the believers now that Bowfinger co-star and three-time Oscar host Steve Martin penned an open letter to Murphy with advice on how to handle the ceremony.  This is my favorite line:

“If you feel tired midway through, give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him.”

The full letter—including a dig at Norbit and a dick joke—is up at Martin’s official site.  It’s hilarious, as you would expect from a fellow perennial Funniest Man Alive contender.  Given Martin’s past history with the Academy, it’s a safe bet he will be involved in the telecast in some form.  It would be great to see Martin and Murphy work together again, especially since 1999′s Bowfinger is often cited as Murphy’s last solid comedic performance.  I’ll try to keep my expectations in check for now, but at the very least, Murphy should be able clear the low bar set by Sunday’s Emmy telecast. Right? … Right? … Guys?

  • Strong Enough

    your right about that Ben. Jane Lynch is dreadful. I dont know why everyone likes her. i think its becuz shes gay

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  • ryan

    I’m in the same boat as far as expectations go. I kinda expect something great but I’m not entirely sure as to why. He’s a long, long way away from the man who once gave the world “Raw” (one of the best stand up sets ever performed IMO).

  • Ghost

    Why all the milquetoast?! It would NOT be surprising if Eddie Murphy went out there and killed it! He’s Eddie Fuggin’ Murphy! He’s the guy who started it ALL. Saturday Night Live. Raw. Trading Places. The Action Comedy! The Buddy Comedy! Everything great, he did it! Sure, he’s made some lousy movies. But, Billy Crystal has made nothing BUT lousy movies and the Oscars is the only good thing he’s done in 30 years! (And, if you include Monsters, Inc., I’m giving Murphy Shrek).

  • Jug

    The letter was hilarious, but I don’t think it’s a dig at Eddie at all, including the Norbit joke. Any comedian knows when their shit stinks & so they have to laugh at it. These two go waaay back, Funky King Tut & Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood man. Steve has had his share of dogs so I think it’s guys giving each other shit.

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