Eddie Murphy (album)

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Eddie Murphy
Live album by
ReleasedNovember 6, 1982
RecordedApril 30–May 1, 1982, The Comic Strip, New York City, New York
GenreStand-up comedy
Comedy rap
LabelColumbia Records
ProducerEddie Murphy, Robert Wachs, David Wolfert
Eddie Murphy chronology
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy: Comedian

Eddie Murphy is the self-titled debut solo album by Eddie Murphy. It was released in late 1982, on Columbia Records. It was certified as a Gold record and received a Grammy award nomination.[1] The album drew ire from the gay community, Asian-American groups and Women's groups for some of the humor.[2]

In terms of material, the release draws upon Murphy's work on the program Saturday Night Live. The recording took place from April 30, 1982 to May 1, 1982, capturing some of Murphy's routines at the New York City venue called The Comic Strip.[3] In addition to the comedy tracks, this album was sprinkled with several actual musical numbers, including the parody hip-hop song "Boogie in Your Butt," which became a minor hit on the R&B charts.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars link

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing the album for AllMusic, critic Bret Adams wrote, "Despite Murphy's gifts, his first standup comedy album, 1982's Eddie Murphy, is uneven despite containing some classic routines."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Eddie Murphy, except where noted.

  1. "Faggots" – 2:08
  2. "Buckwheat" – 1:57
  3. "Black Movie Theaters" – 2:33
  4. "Talking Cars" – 0:59
  5. "Doo-Doo/Christmas Gifts" – 6:44
  6. "Myths/A Little Chinese" – 7:59
  7. "Boogie in Your Butt" (Murphy, Wolfert) – 4:11
  8. "Drinking Fathers" – 4:05
  9. "Effrom" – 1:58
  10. "The Pope and Ronald Reagan" – 4:39
  11. "Hit by a Car" – 6:50
  12. "Enough Is Enough" (Jabara, Roberts) – 4:17


  • Produced by Eddie Murphy, Robert Wachs and David Wolfert
  • Recorded and engineered by Jack Malken
  • Mastered by Jack Adelman and Paul Brizzi
  • Remastering: Kevin Boutote


  1. ^ Smith, Jessie Carney (2006). Encyclopedia of African American Business. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 549. ISBN 978-0-313-33111-4.
  2. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir (2003). All Music Guide to Soul: The Definitive Guide to R&B and Soul. Backbeat Books. p. 486. ISBN 978-0-87930-744-8.
  3. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/eddie-murphy-mw0000691137