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Cool Dad Job: A Cultural Institution

Latest Cool Dad Achievement: Reminding everyone why he’s Eddie Murphy and they aren’t.

No one laughs like Eddie Murphy. If you grew up in the 1980s, the Murphy laugh still echoes. It made you want to be funnier. It made you want to be more confident. It made you want to wear leather. Sure, you could argue that Murphy had some lost decades. The Klumps wasn’t a great look. But Murphy is still Murphy. In 2019, he became a father for the tenth time and released the Netflix movie My Name Is Dolemite, a joyful return to the fast-talking angle-shooting Murphy-ness of it all. 

Hosting SNL’s 2019 Thanksgiving Special, Murphy took aim at the so-called controversies of his past. “I have ten kids now, eleven if you count Kevin Hart,” he quipped. “But if you had told me 30 years ago that I would be the boring, stay-at-home house dad, and Bill Cosby would be in jail, even I would have took that bet.” He continued by posing the audience a question: “Who is America’s dad now?” Damn right.