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Murphy Plans Return To Stand-up Comedy.

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It’s been years since Eddie Murphy performed a stand-up set, but, as he tells host Jerry Seinfeld in an exclusive clip from Netflix’s upcoming 11th season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he may stage a comeback soon. 

“You know that you not doing stand-up drives people crazy. You know that, right?” Seinfeld tells Murphy.

Murphy says Seinfeld isn’t the first one to express interest, revealing that late comedian Don Rickles would pester him repeatedly about coming back to perform.

“I’m going to do it again. Everything just has to be right,” Murphy says. “You have to get up there and start working out.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  Actor Eddie Murphy attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations with 'Mr. Church' at SAG Foundation Actors Center on November 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
© Getty LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 15: Actor Eddie Murphy attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Conversations with ‘Mr. Church’ at SAG Foundation Actors Center on November 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)

For Murphy, coming back to the comedy scene means working the clubs again. 

“You should buy the Comic Strip, and I’ll come and work out there,” Murphy suggests.

“If you want to do that, I’ll do it. I’ll call it Jerry Seinfeld’s Comic Strip,” Seinfeld responds. 

Murphy is one of several guests who sit in the passenger seat in the newest season of Seinfeld’s show. Ricky Gervais, Matthew Broderick, Seth Rogen, Jamie Foxx, Martin Short, Sebastian Maniscalo, Melissa Villasenor, Barry Marder and Bridget Everett will also appear.

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Kevin Hart Tops Forbes’ Highest-Earning Stand-Up Comedians Of 2019.

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No Oscars? No problem.

Although Kevin Hart stepped down as host of this past winter’s Academy Awards, he emerged commercially unscathed after an apology tour for past homophobic tweets. The comedian maintained sponsorships with brands like Mountain Dew and Chase while also releasing a Netflix special. Throw in revenue from a global stadium tour, and Hart raked in $59 million between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019, earning him the No. 1 spot on Forbes' list of the highest-earning stand-up comedians for the second time.

As a group, the top-earning comics brought in $272 million, down $20 million from 2018. One factor behind that drop is that some of stand-up’s heaviest hitters have laid relatively low this year, including Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, who came in at $30 million and $35 million last year, respectively. While Netflix is still a key factor—six of the top ten comics had specials air on the platform during our timeframe—the road is the best place to cash in on comedy.

“Nothing is ever going to beat touring,” Hart toldForbes last year. “It’s an entity that I own and control,” he added, referring to his revenue streams.

Coming in at No. 2 on the list is another wildly successful live act: Jerry Seinfeld, whom Forbes has consistently ranked as the highest-paid comedian in the industry and who was out-earned by Hart only once before, in 2016. His $41 million haul is down a touch from last year’s $57.5 million as he did not deliver a special for Netflix this year. But he’ll continue to earn big paydays in the future thanks to a residency at The Beacon in Manhattan and payments from Hulu for Seinfeld streaming rights. 

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Jim Gaffigan, ranked third, stars in Amazon's first original stand-up special. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Georgetown University)GETTY IMAGES FOR GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Jim Gaffigan rounds out the top three, having earned $30 million in the past year. While touring is still the biggest chunk of his business, he took his chances on the open streaming market with his 2018 special, Noble Ape. His newest special, Quality Time, is Amazon’s first push into original stand-up specials. Gaffigan sat down with Forbesto discuss how he plans to navigate an increasingly complex media landscape. 

“In the entertainment industry, every house is made of ice, and it’s melting,” he said. “So you better be building a new house.” 

New to the list is Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who comes in at No. 4 with $28 million. Television hosts usually appear on a separate Forbes list (see: Ellen DeGeneres, who trounced Hart and Seinfeld this year with an $80.5 million haul). Unlike Ellen, though, Noah earned the bulk of his income this year through stand-up, making him eligible for our list. Despite the demands of hosting a late-night show, Noah made more than 70 stops across the world and had his second Netflix special last fall. In addition, his 2016 book, Born a Crime, is still ranked No. 1 on the New York Times’ bestseller list for paperback nonfiction.

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Amy Schumer comes in at the number seven spot, thanks to her Netflix special and lucrative tour.ZZ/DENNIS VAN TINE/STAR MAX/IPX

Amy Schumer, who last appeared in the top ten in 2017, is the only woman to make the list (again). Despite having to cut her tour short because of a pregnancy-related health issue, her tour made bank: According to data from Pollstar, her shows grossed an average of nearly half a million dollars per city. Throw in her Netflix special Growing, and Schumer brought in an estimated $21 million in the past year.

Although some things don’t change—Seinfeld’s not going anywhere—expect next year’s list to look very different. Chappelle has a Netflix special coming out next month, likely putting him back toward the top of the pack. Ali Wong, who traded stand-up for rom-com this year with her Netflix film Always Be My Maybe, is back on the road, and her tour has already raked in more than $8 million. And Hannah Gadsby is not quitting comedy after all. She’ll return to Netflix next year, and her U.S. tour this summer has brought in an average of more than $200,000 per stop. 

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All earnings estimates are from June 1, 2018, through June 1, 2019. Figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Earnings estimates are based on data from Pollstar Pro as well as interviews with industry insiders.

The World’s Highest-Paid Comedians Of 2018

10. Aziz Ansari

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Earnings: $13 million

9. Jeff Dunham

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Earnings: $15 million

8. Terry Fator

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Earnings: $17 million

7. Amy Schumer

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Earnings: $21 million

6. Gabriel Iglesias

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Earnings: $22 million

5. Sebastian Maniscalco

Earnings: $26 million

4. Trevor Noah

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Earnings: $28 million

3. Jim Gaffigan

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Earnings: $30 million

2. Jerry Seinfeld

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Earnings: $41 million

1. Kevin Hart

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Earnings: $59 million

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YEAR of RETURN: Comedian Steve Harvey Arrives In Ghana.

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American comedian, television and radio personality, producer christened Broderick Stephen Harvey, professionally and executively known as Steve Harvey has arrived in Ghana prior to the celebrations of the Year of Return initiative.

Comedian Steve Harvey arrived with his family, Marjorie Elaine Harvey-wife, Lori Harvey, Wynton Harvey, Broderick Harvey Jr., Karli Harvey, Brandi Harvey-children and was welcomed by the Year of Return committee, and representatives from the Ghana Tourism Authority and the Diaspora Affairs at the W.E.B.DuBois Centre in Accra.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo affirmed emphatically that, 2019 is “The Year of Return”, an initiative to commemorate this quarter-centenary since the anchoring of the first slave ship in Jamestown, Virginia.

Ghana is the only public-private African Nation to initiate the recognition of 400 years of slave trade to encourage people of the African diaspora to make the “birthright journey home” as part of “the global African family”. Ghana has for decades made itself the destination of choice for returning African-Americans and Caribbean people.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, is coordinating the year-long calendar of activities in “celebration of the resilience of the African spirit”. This is being done in partnership with the Office of Diaspora Affairs in the Office of the President, the Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival (Panafest) Foundation and The Adinkra Group.

Ghana’s policies have been backed by local attitudes towards returnees. Although there is an awareness of “otherness”, returnees have reported feeling welcomed and included.

The TV star was also spotted with the designer at the Springfield office of Kevin Okyere. The designer was on the Steve Harvey Show to have a dialogue on his philanthropic, where Steve Harvey introduced his friend Kevin as the owner of a cluster of energy companies that participate across the entire chain of oil and gas industry in Africa. He added that Kevin’s company was touched to donate $10,000 to World Vision’s efforts in providing clean water in Kenya.

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Shatta Wale Endorses “ShattaYonce” Edition Of Comedy Express.

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Your favourite monthly comedy show, Comedy Express is coming back to you with a bang. After leaving you with sore ribs at last month’s #Uncensored edition, this month’s promises to be a lot funnier. Happening at the Cockpit Lounge & Bar inside the Achimota Mall, Comedy Express is the place to be.

The revered Shatta movement family boss Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr. aka Shatta Wale has endorsed this month’s edition, which is the ShattaYonce edition via a post on his social media. The show is themed #ShattaYonce to celebrate the historic music collaboration between dancehall artiste Shatta Wale and America Singer, Songwriter and Actress, Beyoncé. It is going to be a night of great honor and contagious humor.

Performing on the night is the Gh comedy All Stars, which Includes the King of GhComedy himself, DKB, Alowess, Ranzy, Efo red to name a few, all would be part of the dynamic bill of Ghcomedians that are prepared to give you a memorable night.

If you are a Shatta Movement fan or a Bhim nation fan you need to pass through the Cockpit Lounge inside the Achimota Mall tomorrow Saturday 3rd August at 7:00pm to join us celebrate the historic achievement of the Ghana Music industry.

Tickets are going for a cool Ghc 30.00 for advance tickets and Ghc 40.00at the gate. You can call 0571-241-341 for more information. Patrons of Comedy Express would not only come and enjoy themselves; each patron would take home a free Tesori Perfume bottle, a free bottle of Dj Sparkling Champagne, products from Rush Energy Drink, Products from Verna Water and Products from Star Biscuits.

You don’t have any reason to miss this #ShattaYonce edition of comedy express that comes of only tomorrow 

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Comedian Ajeezay Takes Kpo K3k3 To Church.

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Ghanaian comedian and singer Ajeezay, has taken Stonebwoy’s Kpo K3K3 to church, with his gospel version of the chart topping single.

Ajeezay creatively mimic all the styles on the song, adding his comical feel to it, making the song a gospel favorite.

Speaking to Ajeezay, he revealed he wanted to do a gospel rendition of the song because anytime he was in church the song kept ringing in his head, so in order not to lose himself and sing Stonebwoy’s version, he did the rendition to counter it.’ Enjoy Ajeezay ( Stonebwoy Kpo K3K3 ( Gospel Version) mixed by SSNOWBEATZ

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