Sunday, April 14, 2013

Murphy vs. Pryor

Bringing the Black:  Eddie Murphy and African American Humor on Saturday Night Live
                                                               by Raquel Gates

Gates argues that the incompatibility between social critique and mainstream success obscures the socio-political significance of Murphy's work on SNL.  (Critics have dismissed his work as apolitical).

WE BEGIN TEN YEARS BEFORE:  1975



Pyor began in clubs and eventually performed on The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show.

PRYOR ON STAGE IN 1971




PRYOR GOES TO THE MOVIES







Murphy's main reason for success was that he placed cultural commentary into more conventional-even stereotypical-performances.  His development of his own characters gave him plenty of opportunities to do this.



Still even more characters...


 





Murphy's characters bolstered the ratings, allowed him to develop an even more successful movie career while "bringing the black" onto the set of SNL and eventually, it's rightful place in popular culture.

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