Eddie Murphy has been quietly testing out new material in comedy clubs

He's preparing for a new stand-up special on Netflix

Eddie Murphy has been sneaking into comedy clubs and testing new jokes in front of different audiences.

That’s according to sources who told Page Six that the veteran comedian has been turning up to New York Comedy clubs in preparation for a forthcoming Netflix stand-up special.

The comedian told Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show last year that he’d inked a deal with the streaming giant. “I’m gonna start kinda working [it] out in the beginning of the year and then when it’s ready, you know, I’ll try to give myself eight or nine months to get it ready.”

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Murphy, who starred in last year’s Dolemite Is My Name, has been on a decades-long hiatus from stand-up. His last stand-up special, ‘Raw’, was in 1987.

The actor recently admitted that he now “cringes” at some of his older stand-up material, which repeatedly took aim at gay people.

The comedy icon, who also returned to Saturday Night Live at the end of 2019, made a number of slurs in 1983’s ‘Delirious’, his first ever stand-up special.

In one routine Murphy joked: “I have nightmares about gay people… I kid the homosexuals a lot ‘cause they’re homosexuals.’”

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Reflecting on the quips in a recent interview with CBS, Murphy said: “Some of it I cringe when I watch it. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe I said that.’”

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