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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.
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,…
Boy, had I seen, or rather listened to this endlessly in my teens? I taped the VHS on cassette so I could listen to this on my way to school. Had the mutha effer memorized. At 22, Eddie Murphy was in full command of his stand-up abilities. I've seen his personal hero, Richard Pryor, do worse. Murphy's on a roll here. Overall, I enjoyed the first half more than the second. Didn't mind the racist or homophobic jokes either. He is lampooning racists and homophobes and everyone falls into his sights at one point or another. Any comedy film from that period was the same. If you know the context of that historical period to understand the references, it's all still funny.
Ok, after not watching anything over the past few days (i got sick and i know people have a movie they watch when they're sick but the only thing i can really watch when I'm sick is YouTube videos so i didn't really watch anything) but now I'm back and (still sick BTW) watching a comedy special.
Now within the first 10 minutes i was thinking "Ok i can tell that the age difference was gonna be a big problem." But other than the first like 20 minutes it was fine. And when i say age difference i mean that this came out 33 years ago so there would be some things that either wouldn't be politically correct and or…
This is some funny shit! But today, there are a lot of idiots who would call it "hate speech." Get a life people, it called Comedy for a reason.
The animation design for Mushu was based on his shiny red jumpsuit tbh.
The mom with the shoe bit was my fav
What's to say about "Delirious" that hasn't already been said? How about it's one of the funniest stand up specials of all time! Seriously, it's up there with the Richard Pryor one-two punch of "Here and Now" and "Live From The Sunset Strip", "Martin Lawrence: You So Crazy" and even Murphy's other great stand up feature "Raw".
From the bits about Michael Jackson & Stevie Wonder to the sodomy jokes involving Mr. T, Ralph Kramden & Ed Norton of "The Honeymooners" and Ricky Ricardo & Fred Mertz of "I Love Lucy", the set is rapid fire with classic jokes. However, the best jokes are the ones that involve Eddie's family. You will never laugh so hard in your life until you hear the…
Apart from a few laughs, this does NOT hold up. I don't remember it being so offensive and cringe-worthy when I saw it years ago. The only shocking part I remember is that he swore every third word. I still think it's too much unnecessary swearing now, but that's not really the offensive part anymore.
Why do we keep watching stand up
Eddie Murphy at some of his best.
When I saw this on something like Netflix or something, my parents told me that this was hilarious. Murphy had his biggest start here, and it was great.
I see it in current time, and it's very insensitive at parts.
I remember the first part was nothing but homophobic jokes that would never go today. Not only that, but there were some dated jokes involving gays, and aren't even a bit funny.
Apart from those jokes, it's a decent comedy standup.
It's pretty funny otherwise, and does partially hold up today. But I just see the dragon from "Mulan" or the donkey from "Shrek" saying this stuff, as he played both of those parts, and I cringe.
In current standards, it's dated, but still funny. I liked it in the end, but it's not for the easily offended.
the first ten minutes aside, this is still one of the funniest stand up performances I've ever watched
Murphy clearly has a good rapport with the audiences and his impersonations are spot on. Some of his jokes are even pretty funny, but the sheer amount of it that relies on cheap laughs made this harder to sit through than in my formative years. I was actually amazed that the homophobic/gay panic jokes were all front loaded-seems like a mad way to open a set.
my judge for whether it was iconic or not was if i thought my 75yr old jamaican grandma had heard…
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