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25 Oct 2012

JAMIE FOXX, ADAM SANDLER, TYLER PERRY, AND KEENEN IVORY WAYANS ADDED TO EDDIE MURPHY ALL-STAR COMEDY SPECIAL

JAMIE FOXX, ADAM SANDLER, TYLER PERRY, AND KEENEN IVORY WAYANS ADDED TO EDDIE MURPHY ALL-STAR COMEDY SPECIAL

 THE ROOTS TO PERFORM AS THE HOUSE BAND THROUGHOUT THE EVENING 

  “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” Tapes on Saturday, November 3 at the Saban Theatre In Los Angeles and Premieres Wednesday, November 14 on Spike TV

New York, NY – October 25, 2012 – Comedy fans will be treated to an evening filled with some of Hollywood’s biggest comedic superstars appearing and performing at Spike TV’sEddie Murphy: One Night Only,” the first-ever televised tribute to the comedy legend.   Joining the all-star talent roster, which features many of Murphy’s peers and co-stars, includes Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, Tyler Perry, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Nick Nolte.   In addition, The Roots will perform throughout the evening as the show’s house band.  “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” will tape on Saturday, November 3 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles and will air on Wednesday, November 14.

Previously announced talent includes Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Tracy Morgan, Arsenio Hall, Brett Ratner, Charlie Murphy, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Martin Lawrence.

The exclusive Spike TV event, produced in conjunction with Don Mischer Productions, will include short films, musical performances, sketch comedy and culminate in an appearance by Murphy.

“Thirty years ago, Eddie Murphy came on to the comedy scene and changed the game forever,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President, Event Production, Talent Development & Studio Relations – Viacom Entertainment Group.  “We’re thrilled to be honoring him for the very first time, ‘One Night Only’.”  “Eddie Murphy is the standard for comedic excellence” said Vernon Lynch, Murphy’s brother and Executive Producer.

“Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” will pay homage to Murphy’s journey from a 15-year-old aspiring comedian, to the record-breaking “Raw,” which remains the highest grossing stand-up film of all time, to his indelible characters and impressions from “Saturday Night Live” including Buckwheat, GumbyMr. Robinson and James Brown. 

The special marks 30 years since the release of the groundbreaking stand-up concert film “Delirious,” and the classic film “48 Hrs.,” which featured the breakout performances that made him one of the biggest superstars in the world.

Spike TV has been an industry leader in original event programming honoring male icons and heroes from the worlds of comedy, sports and entertainment.   Recent honorees at various signature events include Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Robert Downey Jr., LeBron James, Adam Sandler, Kobe Bryant and more.

Don Mischer, Casey Patterson, Charlie Haykel, and Vernon Lynch serve as Executive Producers for “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” with Juliane Hare as Producer.

For more information and photo highlights from the groundbreaking career of Eddie Murphy, fans can go to the event site at eddie.spike.com

The presenting sponsors for “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” are The All-New Dodge Dart and Quiznos and the associate sponsor for the show is Pep Boys.

Don Mischer is an internationally acclaimed Producer and Director of television and live events.  He has been honored with 15 Emmy® Awards, a record 10 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, 2 NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting and Europe’s prestigious Golden Rose of Montreux.  This past January, Mischer was also honored by the Producers Guild of America when he received the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

Vernon Lynch is a Creative Consultant for Eddie Murphy Productions whose credits include “The Making Of Delirious” special, “Eddie Murphy Delirious 25th Anniversary DVD,” and “Eddie Murphy’s Greatest Comedy Hits.” Lynch and his producing partner Jeff Dyson recently founded the production company Lynch-Dyson Entertainment. Together they are the Creators and Executive Producers of “Hollywood Exes” on VH1.

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