Last month, Eddie Murphy became the 18th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The award precipitated an acceptance speech from the legendary comic, who returned to the stage to tell jokes for the first time in nearly 30 years. And tonight, PBS will air the ceremony for all the world to see.
We’ve already gobbled up a preview of Murphy’s set, which began with the Bill Cosby impression heard ‘round the Internet:
As the clip indicates, Murphy’s speech brought the house down — reminding everyone that, despite his prolonged absence from the stage, he is still one of the funniest people on the planet.
In October, Murphy told the Washington Post that he’s considered this moment for a while. “Every now and then when I think about it. I think, ‘What would I even talk about onstage?’ It’s never been, ‘I wonder if I’m funny. I wonder if I can come up with jokes.’ It’s more, ‘What would it be like without the leather suit and the anger?’”
We’re about to find out. You can catch Eddie Murphy: The Mark Twain Prize tonight on PBS at 9/8c.