Velvet Jones

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Velvet Jones
Saturday Night Live character
First appearanceSeason 7, episode 3
(17 October 1981)
Last appearanceSeason 7, episode 9
(23 January 1982)
Created byEddie Murphy
Portrayed byEddie Murphy
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GenderMale
OccupationAuthor, entrepreneur
NationalityAmerican
 
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Velvet Jones
Saturday Night Live character
First appearanceSeason 7, episode 3
(17 October 1981)
Last appearanceSeason 7, episode 9
(23 January 1982)
Created byEddie Murphy
Portrayed byEddie Murphy
Information
GenderMale
OccupationAuthor, entrepreneur
NationalityAmerican

Velvet Jones was a recurring character created and performed by Eddie Murphy for the seventh season of Saturday Night Live, a long-running American sketch comedy television series.

Velvet is a pimp who speaks in African American Vernacular English, wears a garish leisure suit, and has hair arranged in a sleek pompadour.

Velvet Jones' first appeared in the episode dated 17 October 1981 (guest hosted by George Kennedy and Miles Davis). In his first skit, Jones introduces himself as the president of the Velvet Jones School of Technology, and promotes his new how-to book, I Wanna Be a Ho. In a later episode, Jones endorses his Harlequin romance novels, including Velvet Love, A Touch of Velvet, and Kicked in the Butt by Love.[1]

In an episode hosted by Robert Conrad in January 1982, Murphy portrayed Velvet Jones for the last time. Velvet Jones appeared in the teaser and in the first two sketches, but after the first commercial break Eddie Murphy informed the studio audience that Velvet Jones would not appear in any more episodes, as the character had just died of overexposure.

1981 was Murphy's first year as a regular cast member of Saturday Night Live. His work explored subject matter from African American street culture never before acknowledged in the series.

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