Eddie Murphy Delirious
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|Eddie Murphy Delirious|
UK video cover
|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 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.
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. 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.
The film received positive reviews. The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 80% approval rating based on 5 reviews. However, it was criticised for being anti-gay.
"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."
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.
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