A comedian who shares Eddie Murphy's last name is suing the star for defamation.

Brando Murphy claims the Shrek star is trying to wreck his stand-up career by stating the young comic looks and acts like him onstage.

He alleges members of his famous namesake's entourage have issued death threats and he is suing Eddie for $50 million (£31.3 million).

The more-famous Murphy's attorney, Marty Singer, tells Tmz.com, "This is an absolutely ridiculous lawsuit, and we are confident it will be immediately dismissed by the court."