Eddie Murphy returned to SNL for the first time in 35 years, and he brought back some of his most popular characters.
Murphy, was a cast member from ’80-84, and opened the show by telling the audience how happy he was to be back.
“It’s great to be back here finally hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ for Christmas.
This is the last episode of 2019, but if you’re black this is the first episode since I left back in 1984.”
First up was Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood, which had changed a lot in the ensuing years,
“I was gone for a bit, but now I’m alright. My neighbors were all black, but now they white.”
Gentrification and “squatter’s rights were the word of the day.”
In another sketch, Murphy played Buckwheat as a contestant on The Masked Singer but everyone guessed it was him right away.
He also brought back the grumpy Gumby during Weekend Update.
Michael Che, asked Gumby what he was doing here.
“What am I doing here? The question, Michael Che, is how the hell are you going to put on a show and not have me in the show until now?!” “I should’ve been in every damn sketch!”
Let me tell you something, I saved this damn show from the gutter,” Murphy as Gumby shouted. “This is the thanks that I get?!”