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Eddie Murphy’s Bill Cosby Impression Is as Good as Ever

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Back in October, Eddie Murphy accepted the 2015 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and used the opportunity to deliver his first live stand-up set in 28 years. At the time, only brief snippets of the set were made available, but on Monday PBS finally aired the ceremony—and Murphy’s lively, six-minute acceptance speech—in full.  

Back in October, Eddie Murphy accepted the 2015 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and used the opportunity to deliver his first live stand-up set in 28 years. At the time, only brief snippets of the set were made available, but on Monday PBS finally aired the ceremony—and Murphy’s lively, six-minute acceptance speech—in full.   Naturally, the highlight is Murphy’s Bill Cosby impression, which includes a shout-out to Hannibal Buress, whose sharp, vicious set last October helped amplify outrage at Cosby’s history of abuse.

Naturally, the highlight is Murphy’s Bill Cosby impression, which includes a shout-out to Hannibal Buress, whose sharp set last October helped amplify outrage at Cosby’s history of abuse. Murphy has been reticent to reprise the impression—he even declined to do it for SNL’s 40th anniversary specialbut the wait was worth it.