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
Cinematography Juan Barrera
Grek Cook
Sam Drummy
Les Leibowitz
Mike Lieberman
Jake Ostroff
Ken Patterson
Joel Gold
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.


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" 171 times.[1]

Before the show started, The BusBoys performed "(The Boys Are) Back in Town" over a montage of pre-show footage of Murphy traveling with his road crew. Then, he is introduced after the song and thanks The BusBoys for the opening act before starting his comedy routine. One of the topics that Murphy addresses is homosexuality when he talks about the dream he had about Mr. T being gay.

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] Other topics that he addresses are Michael Jackson, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, racism, Reaganomics, and Marian Anderson. After his routine, the video ends with Murphy and his road crew walking to his dressing room while the credits rolled.

Delirious was filmed on August 17, 1983 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.


The film received positive reviews.[3][4][5][6] The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 80% approval rating based on 5 reviews. However, it was criticised for being anti-gay.[7][8][9][10][11]

"When I did Delirious," Murphy reflected in 1989, "I got all this flak for my material being so filthy. The truth is, it's nowhere near as filthy as some of the stuff they're doing now. I'm feeling like a fucking old guy watching Sam Kinison or Andrew Dice Clay."[12]

Home video[edit]

The special was originally 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.[13][14]


  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. 
  3. ^ Edgerton, Gary R.; Jones, Jeffrey P. (18 July 2013). "The Essential HBO Reader". University Press of Kentucky. Retrieved 12 July 2017 – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ Lee, Chris (15 June 2009). "A 'Delirious' comedy turning point". Retrieved 12 July 2017 – via LA Times. 
  5. ^ Benedictus, Leo (11 October 2012). "Comedy gold: Eddie Murphy's Delirious". Retrieved 12 July 2017 – via The Guardian. 
  6. ^ "Divine Comedy: 25 Best Stand-Up Specials and Movies". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Eddie Murphy's anti-gay comedy special resurfaces on Netflix". Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "PAGE ONE -- After 15 Years, Actor Apologizes For Gay Slurs". Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Delirious / Know Your History". 27 February 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "Eddie Murphy Delirious". 7 February 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Eddie Murphy's Homophobic Comedy Special 'Delirious' is Now Streaming on Netflix -". 5 January 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  12. ^ Zehme, Bill (August 24, 1989). "The Rolling Stone interview: Eddie Murphy". Rolling Stone. p. 130. 
  13. ^ Musgrove, James (27 May 2009). "Eddie Murphy: Delirious (25th Anniversary Edition) DVD Review". Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Delirious". DVD Talk. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 

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