Eddie Murphy took the house down and was applauded by a number of entertainers and comedians during the Kennedy Center?s 18th annual Mark Twain Prize when he made a quick stand-up set doing an impression of Bill Cosby. The comedian accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and made a joke for the first time on stage in 28 years, according to NBC News.
?Who else has one of these? Bill has one of these,? Murphy said in the video, looking at the Mark Twain statue. ?Did you all make Bill give his back?? he asked, talking about the supposed efforts that a number of people wanted Cosby to return his trophy. ?No, because I know there was a big outcry from people trying to make Bill give his trophies back. You know you f—ed up when they want you to give your trophies back.?
Murphy then made a Cosby impersonation on front of the crowd and mocking his supposed character. ?I would like to talk to some of the people who feel like I should give back some of my f—ing trophies,? Murphy exclaimed in a Bill Cosby voice.
He continued on with copying Bill Cosby, responding to the allegations. ?You may have heard recently that I allegedly put the pill in the people?s stomach,? the comedian still in his Cosby impersonation. ?Who is Hannibal Buress?? He asked, indicating fellow comedian Hannibal Buress who put the Cosby allegations into the center of attention again in a stand-up in 2014. ?First of all, Hannibal is a caveman?s name. ? If I ever see or meet this Hannibal Buress in person I am going to try to kill this man!?
According to NBC News, Murphy said he was honored to stand with fellow recipients of the awards such as Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Carl Reiner, and Lily Tomlin. He then added that it was unfortunate there was no prize money linked with the award. ?I call it the Twain sur-prize,? the comedian said.