“Listen, I know what I like, and I know you know what I like, because you were trained to know what I like, but I would like to know, what do you like?” Following up on the release of Coming 2 America last month, we took the opportunity to revisit some of Eddie Murphy’s most iconic comedies from the 1980s starting with 48 Hrs. and Trading Places, moving on to Beverly Hills Cop and The Golden Child, then concluding with the original Coming to America. The resulting conversation covered a variety of topics including the evolution and parameters of the buddy cop genre, Eddie Murphy’s music career, his collaborations with John Landis, dealing with problematic and outdated humour, and a bygone era where comedies once dominated the box office. Is Trading Places overrated or a stone cold comedy classic? Is The Golden Child underrated or a complete dud? Does Frank’s so-called comedy scale actually make any sense? Stick a banana in your tailpipe and download this month’s premium podcast below.
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