Arsenio Hall: ‘In the 90s I was black Twitter’

As late-night TV’s first black host, Hall introduced Mc Hammer and RuPaul to the world.

Now, he’s returning to the spotlight in the sequel to Eddie Murphy hit Coming to America“So I’m watching this guy and I’m like: ‘All he has is a glass of juice … and his braaaain,’” says Arsenio Hall, who is in the middle of a five-minute anecdote about a conversation he once had with a man called Hank.

I didn’t ask about Hank, but here we are, talking about his marvellous bonce.

I’m speaking to Hall because he’s back as Semmi, the supercilious man servant to Eddie Murphy’s King Akeem in Coming 2 America, the long-awaited sequel to the 1988 comedy.

But more on that in a minute – we need to get back to Hank.When he met Hank who, he enthusiastically recalls, was from Ypsilanti, Michigan (“These

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