Eddie Murphy Delirious

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Eddie Murphy Delirious
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UK video cover
Directed by Bruce Gowers
Produced by Eddie Murphy
Robert Wachs
Richard Tienken
Written by Eddie Murphy
Starring Eddie Murphy
Edited by Ken Denisoff
Dave Barr
Eddie Murphy Productions
Release date
  • August 30, 1983 (1983-08-30) (VHS)
  • February 6, 2007 (2007-02-06) (DVD)
Running time
69 minutes
Language English

Delirious (1983) is an American stand-up comedy television special directed by Bruce Gowers, written by 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 theatrical 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.

Murphy's unique comedy routine consisted of raunchy and everyday topics, including; sexual orientation, puberty, dating, disciplinarian mothers, ice cream trucks, and personality traits of celebrities. It is also considered one of the most famous and influential comedy routines in history; Murphy left the standard comedy of SNL and brought a loud and profane routine that has delighted millions.


Unlike his acts on Saturday Night Live, this performance was very profane, with Murphy saying the word "fuck" a total of 230 times, and "shit" used 171 times.[1] He also used the derogative term "faggot" multiple times throughout this performance, creating a mockery of the LGBT+ community. The insensitivity Murphy portrayed through his homophobic jokes became the point of critical analysis for many forms of queer art and cinema, such as Marlon Riggs' Tongues Untied.

Another topic that Murphy addresses is the lure ice cream trucks have on children. Once the ice cream was bought, they would sing and dance mockingly in front of kids who could not afford it.[2]


Delirious was filmed on August 17, 1983 at DAR Constitution Hall in D.C. The routine contained varied and controversial topics that was profane, and at the same time funny.


The film has received positive reviews. The film review aggregation website, Rotten Tomatoes has given the film an 80% approval rating based on 5 reviews.

Home video release[edit]

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.

DVD features[edit]

  • Interactive Menu
  • Bonus Footage
    • Buckwheat request
      • In this bonus feature, someone in the audience requested Eddie's Buckwheat impression from Saturday Night Live.
    • "Cursing Though 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.
  • Interview with Eddie Murphy and Byron Allen.


  1. ^ Jeff Swindoll (June 2, 2009). "Eddie Murphy: Delirious - 25th Anniversary – DVD Review". Monsters and Critics. Archived from the original on December 21, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ 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. 

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