Eddie Murphy Delirious
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|Eddie Murphy Delirious|
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|Directed by||Bruce Gowers|
|Produced by||Eddie Murphy
|Written by||Eddie Murphy|
|Edited by||Ken Denisoff
Eddie Murphy Productions
Delirious (1983) is an American stand-up comedy television Special directed by Bruce Gowers, written and starring Eddie Murphy. The comedy became a TV Special for HBO released August 30, 1983. The 70-minute film became Eddie Murphy's first feature stand-up film, becoming the predecessor to the wide theactrical release in 1987, Eddie Murphy Raw. The stand-up was also released as an album on October 24, 1983 titled "Eddie Murphy: Comedian", which won Grammy for Best Comedy Album at the 1984 Grammy Awards.
After The Bus Boys, Murphy took the stage and began to talk about a fear he has of homosexuals. He tells the audience a nightmare he had of Mr. T having sex with him. After that he began talking about different singers like, James Brown, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder.
His third topic was one of the most popular, the ice cream truck. He joked about how kids 'lose their shit' when they hear the ice cream truck, screaming at their mothers for money, and running after it. Then the kids would sing and mock the other kids who didn't have ice cream. His fourth topic was about his mother, who was extremely accurate with a shoe, and would punish the kids by throwing the shoes at the kids.
His fifth topic was his most popular, and most profane. 44 times Murphy said 'motherfucker' or variations of the word. The barbecue included an impression of his drunk stepdad (who voiced most of the profanity), and a theory of his stepfather's brother's 'strange' family, complaining about how Gus (the stepdad's brother), would burn down his backyard and his wife would fall down the stairs, every year.
His final topic introduced some of his many impressions. He acts as African American acting as Asians, Asians, Asians acting as African Americans, Arabians, Ricky Ricardo, children who have nightmares after listening to his show, and people (mainly white people) who stay in haunted houses.
Eddie Murphy's 'Delirious' has become one of the most influential stand up comedy films of all time. Many modern artists have cited it and his 1987 film 'RAW' as an early inspiration.
The film has received many positive reviews. The film review collection website, Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a 80% approval rating based on 5 reviews, while IMDb cites it an 8.3/10 based on 10,879 reviews.
Home video release
The special has been released in the UK and US on VHS and Laserdisc.
In February 2007, Delirious was released on Region 1 DVD, and March 2007, it was released on Region 2 DVD.
In June 2009, a 25th Anniversary Edition was released.
- Interactive Menu
- Bonus Footage
- Buckwheat request
- In this bonus feature, someone in the audience requested Eddie's Buckwheat impression from Saturday Night Live.
- "Cursing Through Can't Fight" skit
- This bonus feature takes place seconds after one audience member yelled, "Shut up, bitch!" at a heckler. This led Murphy to topics such as cursing and fighting.
- Buckwheat request
- Interview with Eddie Murphy and Byron Allen.
- Jeff Swindoll (June 2, 2009). "Eddie Murphy: Delirious - 25th Anniversary – DVD Review". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
- Willa Paskin (September 8, 2011). "Nostalgia Fact-Check: How Do Eddie Murphy’s Delirious and Raw Hold Up?". Vulture. New York Magazine. Retrieved November 2, 2013.