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Eddie Murphy Delirious (25th Annivesary Edition)
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06.04.2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Keenen Ivory Wayans

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Eddie Murphy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Eddie Murphy. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny the sheer hilarity of his standup performances. Delirious is a non-stop, laugh till you cry, comedic event NO FAN of comedy should miss or be without. Pure genius from start to finish.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I still remember the FIRST time I watched EDDIE MURPHY DELIRIOUS back when I was in grade nine. Me and two buds scored some weed (for the first time), got baked, rented this flick and then ate a bunch of pizza. Consequently, we also ordered ten pizzas and sent them to a teacher’s house we didn’t like, which was our way of being pranksters like Eddie Murphy! Now I’ve gone through many copies of this flick, having gotten my first one on VHS as a birthday gift from my buddy Kirk way back in the day. I know all the words by heart, and still use a good many of the jokes today. This movie is by far the BEST standup comedy session out there, and though I’ll never quite laugh myself into tears like I did the first couple times, I still put out big laughs every time I watch it.

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 you’ve 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 didn’t even come CLOSE to having the same stage presence you get here with Eddie.

Now as far as content goes, Eddie’s jokes are as downright crude as they are hysterical. But here’s the difference. When compared to say Andrew Dice Clay, or even today’s Dane Cook (who’s 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 it’s 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 “old Eddie” 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 I’m not talking PLUTO NASH or SHOWTIME, I’m referring to crap like DR. DOOLITTLE and NORBIT. I’ve been praying to God, Crom, the Devil (and anyone else who might listen), hoping to see even a taste of “badass Eddie” in the upcoming BEVERLY HILLS COP 4. I know he’s still got it in him (I SPY was good), but I won’t be holding my breath. And even if it does tank, I’ll always have DELIRIOUS to remind me of the good ol days.
THE EXTRAS
This is a two disc edition, the first disc being the flick and second disc's got the special features.

The Making of Delirious: What seems like EVERY comedian out there today, all come forward to pay Eddie the homage he’s 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 – 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 “I’m rich bitch!” and Dave was like “No you ain’t, or you’d be down here in front with these guys!”

Uncut Interview with Eddie Murphy: An interesting look into Eddie’s 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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Sure, some of his material is dated (like going home with AIDS on your lips), but the show itself will NEVER be un-funny, no matter how old this movie gets. And with a handful of cool extras (including new footage), now’s the time to buy it if you haven’t already.

Extra Tidbit: I caught an interview on ET with Eddie back in the nineties, and when asked about DELIRIOUS and RAW he said, “I’m so embarrassed about those, I don’t know what I was thinking.” I lost a F**K TON of respect for him that day.
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