Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983 TV Special)
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There is one point in the show where Eddie Murphy drops his microphone and starts laughing at what some person in the audience yells. Interestingly enough, you cannot hear it in the video. However, I know what was said by the audience because I was there.
On one side of the theatre a woman yelled, "Do Gumby!".
On the other side of the theatre, a guy yelled real loud, "Shut Up Bitch!!!".
This is what made Eddie drop his microphone and start laughing. You heard it here first. I am sure that if you asked Eddie himself, he would remember because it was too funny.
Could you imagine how this show must have shocked people that were used to Eddie doing Buckwheat and Mr. Rogers and such on SNL? If you listen to the audience when he cracks his first joke or when he says the F-word for the first time, they are in complete shock.
His first time he says the F-word is when he does the skit about Mr. T being a homosexual.
" Hey boy, hey boy. You look mighty cute in them jeans. Now come on over here, and f@** me up the ass!"
The crowd erupts in gales of laughter. No one was expecting the filthy mouth that he unleashed on them. But the results were just awesome. I have never been barraged with relentless comedy the way I was in this stand-up. In fact, the next time my stomach hurt so much from laughing wasn't until 1999 when I saw SOUTH PARK: BIGGER LONGER AND UNCUT . That comedy was raw and unapologetic and it went for the jugular, as did DELIRIOUS. I don't think it is possible to watch this piece of comic history and not laugh. It is almost twenty years later and it is still the funniest damn thing on video.
" I took your kids fishing last week. And I put the worm on the hook and the kids put the fishing pole back in the boat and slammed their heads in the water for two minutes Gus. Normal kids don't do shit like that Gus. Then they started movin their heads around like this and the m****f***** come up with fish. Then they looked at each other and said Goonie Goo Goo! I said can you believe this f****n shit?!"
See it again and be prepared to laugh your freakin ass off!
10 out of 10
Murphy goes on for almost 70 minutes about dicks, pussy, tits and insaults so many famous people including his own "family". Among the people who gets it by murphy are: Elvis, Mr.T, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Luther Vandross and James Brown. I have seriously never laughed so hard of anything my entire life. I mean, when a person doesn't know who Mr. T is, but still laughs so hard of Murphy as Mr. T, there's something about it. At the time I saw the show I couldn't remember who Mr T. was but still laughed. Now I know who he is and that just makes it so much more funny. Because that's what Eddie do - he can make those impressions so good that it don't matter who the hell he's trying to do, it's still hilarious. And on top of that, we learn that Murphy actually is a very good singer. Please watch it..
It is THAT funny. There hasn't been a single comedic performance to this date that I have seen that tops this or even comes close. So many classic one liners, stories, and segways..
The drunken uncle at the BBQ, Gi Joe, Mr T, goony goo goo, ice cream man, you say any of these things to anyone who has seen this performance and I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts they will not be able to keep a straight face and will burst out in laughter, or recite the rest of the dialogue from the act.
Pure classic!! Shame you can't get it on DVD..
Rating 10+ out of 10
His timing and delivery for his stories is almost unequaled. And though he talks fast, you catch every joke. Which is probably why my "laugh center" was so overwhelmed; it took an extra 15 minutes to laugh at everything.
I wasn't really expecting intelligent insightful and deeply witty comedy from Murphy but the reviews lead me to believe there was something special going on here and really, there's nothing here above school boy sniggering. I admire his youthful confidence but he really doesn't have anything to offer and watched in 2018 (thank you netflix) it is cringefully bad. You can see why he went on to deliver so much bad material. Just embarrassing from his leather outfit to ever single joke he does in this set. Dated worse that 2 week old milk on a hot day, but was it ever as funny as some think it was?
The opening part of the set is littered with derogatory jokes on homosexuality, leaving some to wonder: is Murphy homophobic? From the material, it is hard to say. We could say this was normal in the early 1980s, or even point out he is never being spiteful, and just found an easy target.
Interestingly, his comments about getting women because of show business, much like Richard Pryor joked a year earlier. Coincidence? What separates Murphy from Pryor (among other things) is his great Elvis impression, as well as impressions in general. One can easily see why much later (such as in "Shrek") he was sought out for voice work.
Murphy was only 22 at the time and he took this show around nineteen US cities. This live recording was made when the show rolled into Washington D.C. The ultimate test for a stand-up comedian is how well the audience react to him or her, and in this one the audience absolutely love Murphy. Sometimes he doesn't have to speak - even his silences are funny. The show starts well with a riotous torrent of gay jokes, and there are further highlights when he gets onto such subjects as the ice cream man, the fart-in-the-bathtub game, the penis size of black guys, and the sexual attraction of showbiz personalities. His long rant about his father's abusive behaviour at a family party is a bit wearisome, and his jokes about the film Poltergeist are rather dated and flat. Apart from that, though, he's on razor sharp form and he hits most of his politically incorrect targets full on. One thing the guy has is energy, and his energetic style gives him a genuinely commanding on-stage presence. So, to conclude, if you like this kind of thing you'll be entertained. If you don't, you won't! And if you are quite prudish, this may very well be the most uncomfortable 70 minutes you'll ever have to endure!
Now, Murphy keeps a G to PG friendly persona. Where in Delirious and Raw, he is almost sporting an NC-17 persona. He states perfectly in the special "I don't give a f*** who the f*** you are I'll make fun of you," and he does.
I love it when Murphy impersonates a typical white person. Being a Caucasian male, I laugh when he does his "white man voice" because he is honest and correct. Instead of saying "hey, just because we do that doesn't make it funny," I say "hell, that's true!" He did the same in Raw and it was just as funny.
Murphy breezes through topics like "What if Mr. T was gay?," the ice-cream man, discovering humor and the science of farts, and even attacks, at that time, President Ronald Reagan. All with good humor, and his cheesy smile to add to the nonstop comedy.
People can accuse Eddie Murphy for being too raunchy, racy, racist, hateful, discriminating, off color, dirty, arrogant, ignorant, unaware, unethical, disgusting, disturbing, foul, vulgar, etc. But what did you expect? Eddie Murphy giving a family-themed performance? That didn't start happening till Shrek came out in 2001. Also, what did you expect going into a stand up comedy special? That's like accusing George Carlin for being too obscure, or a President for being too bossy, or even water for being wet.
With two strong specials, a great smile, and a great attitude, I'm hoping we see a return to the stage in Eddie Murphy's future. Why we haven't is beyond me.
Starring: Eddie Murphy and The Bus Boys. Directed by: Bruce Gowers.
Murphy in this performance didn't care whose toes he stepped on. At the time Michael Jackson had just released Thriller which made him the most well known recording artist in the world, and Murphy even figuratively threw him a punch. When you are as young as Murphy was back then you are at your most hurtful to other people's feeling or its a "Me" time. Murphy was worried about his career and going down in comedy history, so he didn't give a crap about anyones feelings. He also even insinuated that Mr. T was gay as was that guy who was the star of the Honeymooners TV show.
But all in all, Murphy was a star in the 1980s and this concert film had a lot to do with that. If you want to laugh and hear some life lessons, pop in the DVD of this film and you will be entertained more than you ever wanted to be.
by Eddie Murphy seem very disappointing (even Beverly Hills Cop and The Nutty Professor, which just goes to show you how good this really is). To be honest, I don't think that I've ever
laughed at something as much as this, including Naked Gun and the rarely seen Bargearse. This show is amazing, although it must be said that it is certainly filled with the word beginning with F that is four letters long (plus its extended version beginning with M) but it didn't bother me. See it, the funniest thing I've ever seen and probably the funniest you ever have too.
Forget it! Unless you happen to enjoy Eddie's foul style. I don't think I will bother with "Eddie Murphy Raw". I much prefer Eddie in the confines of a movie script.
Saturday, January 17, 1998 - Video
You can't miss this! It's Eddie Murphy in his prime, exposing his youthful rascal self delivering the most hilarious bits and impersonations that will have you in stitches for sure. An exhilarating time-traveling experience back to 1983 that you will want to revisit many more times in the future. An undeniable classic!
To sum it up with something along the lines of Murphy's manner and vocabulary: "This brotha was one of the funniest motha****as alive during the 80s, you gotta check this s**t out!"
I must warn you though, if you dislike foul language and are easily offended, you may not find this particularly enjoyable.