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.