Eddie Murphy Returns To 'SNL' With Dramatic Promo

The return of legendary “Saturday Night Live” alum Eddie Murphy to the NBC sketch show for his first hosting appearance in 35 years is the focus of a new promo clip that, as Deadline puts it, “really amps up the comic gravitas.”

The “Dolemite Is My Name” star is lined up to host the show this Saturday, Dec. 21. You can watch the promo below.

“And as an added bonus: Murphy makes his grand entrance to the tune of ‘Cuz I Love You,’ the magisterial hit song from this week’s musical guest Lizzo,” Deadline notes. “Stick around till the very end, when Murphy ever so slightly breaks ever so serious character.”

Eddie Murphy also spoke about his return to the show with Al Roker on Today, "I just want it to be a good show. It’s been 35 years and they’ve got a great cast now, and they’ve got a great team of writers now, and there’s no reason why this show shouldn’t be really special. I want it to live up to any expectations anyone has. And if you have no expectations, I want it to blow you through the back of the studio. Hopefully. That’s what we’re hoping for.” Murphy has flown his 10 children to New York to see the event. 

Here’s the clip …