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Eddie Murphy: Delirious
Taped live and in concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. in August, 1983, Eddie Murphy: Delirious captures Eddie Murphy's wild and outrageous stand-up comedy act, which he performed in New York and eighteen other cities across the U.S. to standing-room-only audiences. Eddie's comedy was groundbreaking, completely new, razor sharp and definitely funny.Eddie Murphy pontificates in his own vulgarly hilarious fashion on everything from bizarre sexual fantasies to reliving the family barbecue, and is peppered with Eddie's one-of-a-kind wit. Laugh along as Eddie reminiscences of hot childhood days and the ice cream man intermixed with classic vocal parodies of top American entertainers.Experience Eddie Murphy at his best, live and red hot! Delirious! Uncensored and Uncut!
Starts off more than just #problematic, with Murphy at his and his era's absolute worst, aggressively offensive, almost daring the future to quit watching. But then he keeps going, a 22 year old phenomenon, a master of every technique of the standup comic, Mozart in a red leather suit. The best bits of course are the most personal ones, bath time with his older brother, cookouts with his step-father's weird family, a genuine reaction when one audience member shouts down another requesting one of his SNL bits.
I remember a Boy Scout convention or something in 1985 or so, when a tape of this made the rounds from tent to tent, us eager eight and nine year olds gleefully listening to it in turn on our Walkmans, memorizing the dirtiest bits for later use. Hadn't seen or heard any of Murphy's standup since, but it all came back.
You know, I don't remember Delirious being this fucked up in the first 10-15 minutes.
By fucked up, I mean homophobic. Now I won't hold it against Eddie Murphy for comments he made +30 years ago, but hearing that shit now just makes the show feel even more dated than it already is. I get that times were way different back in 1983 compared to 2015, but those kind of comments just sound obnoxious and ridiculous when you go back and hear them now.
Other than that, everything else is fine. Just as funny as I remember; if not more. Stuff like the ice cream bit and especially the heckler bit are just as hilarious as I remember. However, fair…
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I saw this as a kid back in 1984.
This shit was iconic.
This could be the most reverberated comedy routine on earth.
15 minutes of pig-ignorant shit followed by 45 minutes of stuff not as funny as Raw. Yes, I'm aware that I watched these the wrong way round but the point still stands.
I am aware that plenty has been written and said about Murphy's opening routine in this set and I am aware that he apologised, somewhat belatedly, for its content, but the rest of the show isn't really as hot on quality as you might expect. Several routines start out funny but then end up being driven into the ground (such as the ice-cream bit).
Basically, I don't think it's ever a good sign when the biggest laugh of the show comes from an audience member telling a heckler "SHUT UP BITCH!" I think that says a lot, really.
I just felt like watching this again on Netflix, said and done.
Although it has aged a bit, this is one of Eddie's finest moments. Sure, it has racism, sexism, and it's not exactly PG - at least everyone is under fire here. Murphy's real talent might be his spot on impressions, from James Brown to Michael Jackson to his crazed uncle Gus who attends barbecues and cookouts.
It takes a little while to get going, and it ends abruptly as all hell, but there is still plenty of gold right in the middle, and an infamous performance complete with the whole red leather Michael Jackson getup.
A week or two ago I was listening to a radio show on my way home from work and the two hosts were trying to think of who is the best comedian turned actor. For them it was of course Eddie Murphy but they wanted to figure out who came in second. This wasn't the first time I'd heard these guys praise Eddie Murphy's stand-up, and I have definitely heard praises for it for years. Sadly, for me, my knowledge of Eddie Murphy is Dr. Doolittle and The Nutty Professor. I only watched Beverly Hills Cop recently and, until now, had never seen any of his stand-up. So, how good was he?
For starters, I'm convinced that, like talk shows,…
I'm not a fan of stand up films, but I've got to give credit where credit is due. Most of the jokes in Delirious are still really funny over 30 years later.
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What strikes you first when putting this on, because he starts off the show this way, is that homophobia was totally not a big deal back in 1983. A lot must have been said about the vulgarity back then, which, of course, isn't so bad now.
Murphy's stage presence comes through shinier than his suit. And save for that timely five minutes of gay jokes, the comedy is quality and mostly centered around storylines, not unlike a filthy Bill Cosby. It's a classic, to be sure. Even if it's not as stellar as a self-aggrandizing Murphy would describe it in the dvd interview.
Part of my 1983 list.
It's been a really long time since the last time I watched this. The first thing that struck me was that you don't see this kind of stand-up comedy today. Even now, 33 years later, this show is as great as it was then. This is what all modern stand-up comedy should be compared to.
Despite some disturbing ignorance and outdated attitudes, Delirious remains a damn fine piece of stand up comedy. Although it has become a cliche to say it, Murphy really did seem to be the first comic to also straddle the line that made him also seem like a real rock star. Others paved the way for him, but in the early '80s there were very few people who could equal his enormous success and impact. And that's worth remembering.
It took 4 minutes 18 seconds to get to the first homophobic. Yes, something from 1983 is dated in parts but goddamn funny is still funny.
it never gets old!
first: nothing is topping...
"your mother got a mouth on the back of her neck and the bitch chew like this... *bobs head back and forth*"
i feel like i cannot fully understand what it must have been like to be watching this live. some of the topics he brought up would not be discussed in the manner in which he chose to do so now. the topics can still be funny but the diction or impressions just come across as insensitive today. im not marking it down though because of that. i understand that it was a different time. it doesn't mean that i think some of those things were appropriate for then. i just find myself not wanting…
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