Eddie Murphy Close to Landing $70M Netflix Stand-Up Deal

Dave Chappelle got $20 million apiece for a trio of comedy specials

Eddie Murphy. (Emma McIntyre/Getty for Netflix)
Eddie Murphy. (Emma McIntyre/Getty for Netflix)
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By Evan Bleier / July 19, 2019 2:20 pm

The amount of money Netflix is willing to pay Eddie Murphy to return to the stand-up stage is no joke.

According to TMZ, the streaming giant is prepared to commit $70 million to Murphy to get him to come back to the stage. Though the number of comedy specials Netflix wants Murphy to perform is unclear at this time, TMZ reports the comedian is “locked in talks” with Netflix.

If that $70 million figure seems high, remember Netflix previously gave Dave Chappelle $20 million apiece for all three of his award-winning comedy specials and also gave Chris Rock $40 million for his two-show package. Amy Schumer banked more than $11 million for her last Netflix showcase.

Considering Murphy, 58, is the guy who made legendary standup specials Eddie Murphy: Delirious and Eddie Murphy: Raw, breaking the bank for him makes sense.

During a recent appearance on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld — which is also on Netflix — Murphy confirmed he wants to return to stand-up when the time is right.

Now, it appears as if Netflix is going to give him 70 million reasons to make that happen.

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