Eddie Murphy to Be Honored at the Kennedy Center

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Honoree Eddie Murphy speaks onstage at Spike TV's "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" at the Saban Theatre on November 3, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – NOVEMBER 03: Honoree Eddie Murphy speaks onstage at Spike TV’s “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” at the Saban Theatre on November 3, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Eddie Murphy’s career has spanned decades, and this October some of the people he’s inspired will honor him as he receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

During the ceremony, taking place Oct. 18, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Arsenio Hall, Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah and other special guests will pay tribute to Murphy.

The Kennedy Center said that Murphy was “the most commercially successful African-American actor in the history of the motion picture business, and is one of the industry’s top-five box-office performers overall.”

Murphy’s comedic efforts have taken him from Saturday Night Live to voicing the popular donkey on Shrek. But most people will always remember him as the leather-suited comedian who took the stage and joked about his mother’s hamburgers.

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Source: The Root | YESHA CALLAHAN

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