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Eddie Murphy - Delirious

Eddie Murphy - Delirious

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Director: Bruce Gowers

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Richard Tienken, Robert Wachs


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Shortly before the end of Eddie Murphy - Delirious the irrepressible Murphy points out the irony of his appearing before an SRO audience at Washington DC's Constitution Hall, the same establishment which refused to allow black opera star Marian Anderson to give a concert in 1939. Murphy may not be in the same style of performance as Anderson, but no one can


Shortly before the end of Eddie Murphy - Delirious the irrepressible Murphy points out the irony of his appearing before an SRO audience at Washington DC's Constitution Hall, the same establishment which refused to allow black opera star Marian Anderson to give a concert in 1939. Murphy may not be in the same style of performance as Anderson, but no one can deny that back in 1983 he galvanized an audience as few other comedians could. Occasionally there's a PG bit involving Eddie's family, but for the most part the humor is raunchy -- as evidenced by Murphy's routine about Ralph Kramden being "serviced" by Ed Norton.

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Not to be confused with the 1991 John Candy vehicle Delirious, Eddie Murphy - Delirious is the first of Murphy's two riotous concert films, which many thought he departed from at his peril when his career took a downturn in the early '90s. Vulgar almost from beginning to end, the film at least has a vitality that's missing from his later, albeit successful, attempts to round out into more of a family themed humorist. Forcing the audience to examine (and laugh at) scathing truths about a variety of topics -- chief among them race and sex -- in the vein of his comic hero Richard Pryor, Murphy struts across the stage with dead-on impersonations and deadly observations. The individual gags -- at least, what makes them so uncomfortably funny -- don't bear repeating here, but they make it easy to see why a generation of young viewers grew up singing the "I got my ice cream" song, well aware of the virtues of McDonald's versus "welfare burgers." Among his other merits, the young and vigorous Murphy has a great time interacting with the audience, who gladly (and understandably) eat out of his palm.
All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
At the time of this cable special's debut on Showtime in late 1983, 22-year-old Eddie Murphy was the hottest young comedic actor in the nation, hands-down, having redeemed Saturday Night Live from the doldrums into which it sank during the 1980-81 season. Murphy was also riding a box office hot streak, amid such blockbusters as 48 Hours and Trading Places. That notwithstanding, this concert film - the comic's first - is a disappointment. Murphy's obvious inspiration here was his mentor, Richard Pryor, and he models his routines on Pryor's practically note for note; as in Pryor, we get a smattering of outrageous character voices, anecdotes that set out to shock and rile, clever social observations, and nearly constant street language. But such comparisons are deceptive; while the great Pryor was inherently kind, gentle and empathetic onstage, Murphy often comes across as cocky, cruel and nasty - as in an opening routine that skewers the gay community with revolting epithets, and an unfunny routine that imagines graphic sex between Ed Norton and Ralph Kramden. The profanity doesn't work well here either; Pryor used ten and twelve-letter words frequently, but he did so poetically, with such jazzy improvisation that you could enjoy it and sink into the material's street rhythms; Murphy's use of the same words feels lazy, undiscerning and oppressive. Having said all of that, there are a few brilliant passages to savor here, in particular a masterful ten or fifteen minute stretch during the first half where Murphy imitates Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, and James Brown with perfection and imagination. Also noteworthy is a hilarous subsequent bit - one of Murphy's most famous and popular - about the Ice Cream Man. With the success of those elements in mind, it's interesting that Murphy (unlike Pryor) is easily the most sidesplitting when he isn't playing blue. If the entire movie had existed on the level of the said bits, we could have had something truly spectacular on our hands; instead, this feels very hit or miss.

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Starz / Anchor Bay
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Special Features

Never before seen footage; Exclusive interview with Eddie Murphy; Making of Delirious featurette

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Eddie Murphy: Delirious
1. Setting the Rules [4:03]
2. F**k Years [4:46]
3. The F**k Business [1:52]
4. Ice-Cream [10:34]
5. Mother's Shoe [3:55]
6. Fresh Air Fun [2:00]
7. Fart Game [3:19]
8. Let's Take a Picture [3:47]
9. Uncle Guns and Aunt Bunny [5:35]
10. First Black President [12:35]
11. Chinese People [5:25]
12. Get the F**k Out [5:36]

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Eddie Murphy - Delirious 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best stand up EVER!!!! I'm so excited that they finally brought this to DVD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Delirious is BY FAR the best stand-up comedy video, ever. It truly has set a prescedent for other comedians to follow. I have watched this video so many times, and still find it as hilarious as the first time. From the "You can't smack a woman anymore" bit to "GI Joe in the water" to Kirk having "relations" with a green woman, it is non-stop laughter. Too bad Eddie doesn't do this anymore, he really rocks :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this routine. Eddie Murphy is and always will be a comedy genius. The film is side splitting from the outset Eddie just seems to bring that uniqueness to the stage and makes the most basic thing funny. Revisiting “Delirious” 24 years after its creation is great to have. The material does seem to have aged as well as the transformation to this disc, but it's hilarious. The look of Eddie and some of the pop culture it consists of gives it away that this is the '80s however, enough of the material is comprised of solid universal themes it remains funny. I still laugh myself senselessly when Murphy launches into "I got some ice cream, I got some ice cream!" or "I want half!" He's a filthy mouthed funny guy that reminds me of Richard Pryor's vulgarity coupled with Bill Cosby's charm. He is a brilliant comedian with a tremendous standup presence. It's a shame Murphy has given up live performance, because “Delirious” proves he was a master of the comedy stage. The shocking thing watching the special is how offensive Murphy was back in the day, and how he offers no apology for the material. He was more hyper than he is now, more irreverent, and also a lot cockier. He does come off as a homophobe with his insensitive remarks, but you have to keep the era in context. He was protested by gay groups all along this tour, and surely outside of this venue picketers could be found (which was Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.). If you're sensitive about politically incorrect topics against homosexuals and women, you just might want to veer away from this item. Other than that, “Delirious” is a great disc to own right now but was so long overdue.
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