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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. Reminiscences of hot childhood days and the ice cream man are intermixed with classic vocal parodies of top American entertainers. Here then, is 22-year old Eddie Murphy, live and red hot! Uncensored and Uncut!
WHAT WE THOUGHT
However, after a world-changing over twenty-five years later, does the material still hold up? Absolutely. Throughout it’s 70 minute runtime, Murphy spouted stories, impressions, and humor that remain timeless, be it the excitement of the Ice Cream Man, to just how fun flatulence can be, and the humors of how parents can be so similar no matter what color or area you grew up in. Sure, fashions change but can you imagine Murphy without that red “Elvis from Hell” suit on telling these jokes? Yes, a couple of bits like AIDS/homosexual intolerance and Michael Jackson’s only quirk being his feminine-like composure seem a tad dated, but their timing and presence still remind us of what comedians are still telling to this day. There’s no way you can watch this and not see comics like Chris Rock and Dave Chappell “borrowing” a couple of pointers straight from Delirious. And unlike his big venue concert follow-up 1987’s Raw, Delirious shows Eddie at a career point where he still didn’t know if people would accept him as a stand-up as well as funny actor. Raw is where he was King, Delirious shows the young man that could be.