Eddie Murphy stopped having stand-up fun

Eddie Murphy has revealed he quit stand-up comedy in favour of his reggae singer career because it "stopped being fun" and the industry became too saturated with comic wannabes.

Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy quit stand-up comedy because it "stopped being fun".

The 53-year-old star - who is now an actor and reggae singer - got tired of telling jokes in an industry saturated by hundreds of thousands of comic wannabes, but he is looking forward to getting back on stage to sing songs.

He said: "It stopped being fun, I started making movies. Then it felt like too much work going back there.

"Comedy's changed - when I started there were 100 comedians, now there's 100,000. How do you have your own voice?

"That's why I've always done music. I want to put it all together, to get all of me on stage - then I'd have fun every night."

The 'Beverly Hills Cop' actor also admitted he only agreed to do some of his movies for the big pay day, but insists he would only appear in films nowadays if the scripts are spot-on.

When asked if he is going to be in 'Triplets', a sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito's 'Twins', he told Shortlist magazine: "A couple of years ago I met with Arnold and Danny and some writer.

"We had a meeting but I didn't hear anything. I tell you - I'm not doing anything unless the script's incredible.

"I did some movies where they offer you a bunch of money and you go, 'OK, I'll do it!' I've done enough of those - I don't have to do them anymore.

"If 'Triplets' comes together and it's hysterically funny, I'll do it. Same with 'Beverly Hills Cop 4' - the last couple of scripts weren't quite there."

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