Eddie Murphy Delirious

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Eddie Murphy Delirious
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Directed byBruce Gowers
Produced byEddie Murphy
Robert Wachs
Richard Tienken
Written byEddie Murphy
StarringEddie Murphy
CinematographyJuan Barrera
Grek Cook
Sam Drummy
Les Leibowitz
Mike Lieberman
Jake Ostroff
Ken Patterson
Joel Gold
Edited byKen Denisoff
Dave Barr
Eddie Murphy Productions
Distributed byHBO
Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • August 30, 1983 (1983-08-30) (VHS)
  • February 6, 2007 (2007-02-06) (DVD)
Running time
69 minutes

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, Murphy's performance was very profane, 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.

Among the topics 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, gay people, AIDS, and Marian Anderson. After his routine, the video ends with Murphy and his road crew walking to his dressing room while the credits roll.

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 83% approval rating based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10.[7] However, it was criticised for being anti-gay.[8][9][10]

"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."[11]

One of the topics that Murphy addresses in Delirious is homosexuality, frequently making fun of gay men and using the homophobic slur "faggot".[12] However, in 1996, he released a one-page statement apologizing for his use of that slur, saying: "I deeply regret any pain all this has caused."[13]

Home video[edit]

In June 2009, a 25th Anniversary Edition was released.[14][15]


  1. ^ Swindoll, Jeff (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. ^ Paskin, Willa (September 8, 2011). "Nostalgia Fact-Check: How Do Eddie Murphy's Delirious and Raw Hold Up?". Vulture. New York City: New York Media. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Edgerton, Gary R.; Jones, Jeffrey P. (2013). "The Essential HBO Reader". University Press of Kentucky. Retrieved July 12, 2017 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Lee, Chris (June 15, 2009). "A 'Delirious' comedy turning point". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Benedictus, Leo (October 11, 2012). "Comedy gold: Eddie Murphy's Delirious". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Tobias, Scott; Ciabattoni, Steve; Murray, Noel; Love, Matthew; Grierson, Tim; Fear, David (July 29, 2015). "Divine Comedy: 25 Best Stand-Up Specials and Movies". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Duffy, Nick (December 29, 2016). "Eddie Murphy's anti-gay comedy special resurfaces on Netflix". PinkNews. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  9. ^ Murray, Noel (February 27, 2007). "Delirious / Know Your History". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  10. ^ Tucker, Ken (February 7, 2007). "Eddie Murphy Delirious". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  11. ^ Zehme, Bill (August 24, 1989). "Eddie Murphy: Call Him Money". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Eddie Murphy's Homophobic Comedy Special 'Delirious' is Now Streaming on Netflix". The Good Men Project. January 5, 2017. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  13. ^ Rubin, Sylvia (May 11, 1996). "PAGE ONE -- After 15 Years, Actor Apologizes For Gay Slurs". San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, California: Hearst Communications. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  14. ^ Musgrove, James (May 27, 2009). "Eddie Murphy: Delirious (25th Anniversary Edition) DVD Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  15. ^ Rich, Jamie S. (February 10, 2007). "Eddie Murphy - Delirious". DVD Talk. Retrieved July 12, 2017.

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