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What will always keep Murphy a cut above the rest is his unparalleled knack for storytelling, which goes hand in hand with the gift of making (relatable) everyday things funny. Add to that, his unique facial expressions, over the top body language, realistic voice impersonations (not to mention his surprising singing ability) and youíve got yourself a pretty tough act to beat. My girlfriend and I were lucky enough to score front row seats to a Dave Chappelle show, and though he truly was amazing (and funny as all hell), he didnít even come CLOSE to having the same stage presence you get here with Eddie.
Now as far as content goes, Eddieís jokes are as downright crude as they are hysterical. But hereís the difference. When compared to say Andrew Dice Clay, or even todayís Dane Cook (whoís acts are chalked full of overly malicious bits), Murphy will always shine due to his (often imitated but never duplicated) charm and charisma. Of course, he STILL attacks just about everything and everyone under the sun in his rant, from different ethnic groups, singers and actors, to an all out war on homosexuality. At the time it was a bit of a catch 22, but these days itís just another night of top tier improv.
The ONE and ONLY bad thing about revisiting DELIRIOUS is the inevitable sense of longing I get to have the ďold EddieĒ back. Between this and RAW, Eddie set the bar pretty damn high and (just like that) became MY comedic hero. Then he slowly started to go downhill, and Iím not talking PLUTO NASH or SHOWTIME, Iím referring to crap like DR. DOOLITTLE and NORBIT. Iíve been praying to God, Crom, the Devil (and anyone else who might listen), hoping to see even a taste of ďbadass EddieĒ in the upcoming BEVERLY HILLS COP 4. I know heís still got it in him (I SPY was good), but I wonít be holding my breath. And even if it does tank, Iíll always have DELIRIOUS to remind me of the good ol days.
The Making of Delirious: What seems like EVERY comedian out there today, all come forward to pay Eddie the homage heís due. Hearing Eddie joke about the red leather suit is too funny, saying his original cloths got messed up and the leather was an accident.
Bonus Footage Ė Delirious: A couple jokes about Buckwheat and fighting, both equally funny. The Buckwheat one reminds of the Cheppelle show I was at, when a guy in the bleachers yelled out ďIím rich bitch!Ē and Dave was like ďNo you ainít, or youíd be down here in front with these guys!Ē
Uncut Interview with Eddie Murphy: An interesting look into Eddieís mind set when it comes to stand out (despite the fact bits and pieces were already used in the Making of segment). Hearing him talk about his worst night on stage was a hoot.
Extra Tidbit: I caught an interview on ET with Eddie back in the nineties, and when asked about DELIRIOUS and RAW he said, ďIím so embarrassed about those, I donít know what I was thinking.Ē I lost a F**K TON of respect for him that day.