Thursday, August 30, 2012

Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983)

Synopsis: Smartass in red leather jumpsuit gets audience to laugh at exaggerated celebrity impressions and tales of domestic violence.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Don’t look for old ‘Saturday Night Live’ routines here – Eddie’s act is completely new, razor sharp and definitely for adults only.”

What Did I Learn?:  1) Ronald Reagan wasn’t a particularly popular fellow among Eddie Murphy fans in August, 1983. 2) Even black Americans had no idea what James Brown was talking about, most of the time.

Really?: 1) For a man who joked that he was afraid of gay people, Eddie seemed awfully obsessed about the genitalia of African-American men and, um... shoving things up people’s butts. 2) Wait – did Eddie admit to hitting a girlfriend, once? 3) Eddie thinks Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) was cool?

Rating: Parts of Eddie Murphy’s stand-up act might seem a bit dated today (or even labelled as “hate speech”), but Delirious is pretty funny (albeit extremely raunchy) stuff and well worth watching. 8/10 stars.

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