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An Old Friend Stops By SNL

Eddie Murphy guest-hosts, brings back some beloved characters
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2019 7:11 AM CST

(Newser) – Eddie Murphy and Saturday Night Live got together again for the first time in 35 years, and it was like no time had gone by, with the comedian bringing back some of his most iconic characters, including Mr. Robinson, Gumby, Buckwheat, and Velvet Jones, reports Variety. Robinson riffs on gentrification, singing "I was gone for a bit, but now I’m all right. My neighbors were all black, but now they’re white. The check cashing place turned into a bank; elevator works and the stairs stink. The white people came and changed everything, but I am still your neighbor." He goes on to comment on 23andMe, saying "because of them, 23 people said their father is me.” The show opened with a cameo-studded riff on the latest Democratic debate, featuring Larry David as well as alums Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis. Video highlights in the gallery. Lizzo was musical guest. (Read more Eddie Murphy stories.)

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