Charlie Murphy's funniest 'Chappelle's Show' sketch: Prince or Rick James? | The Tylt
Comedian Charlie Murphy passed away at 57-years-old on April 12 after battling Leukemia. So, naturally, fans are celebrating the "Chappelle's Show" sketches that made Murphy a household name. Murphy's best bits are when he recalls meeting pop superstars as part of brother Eddie's entourage—like the time he met Prince or his hilarious altercation with Rick James. The "Prince Story" cemented Charlie's popularity and details the cool weirdness of Charlie meeting the Purple One at an androgynous party. But who doesn't love the "Rick James Story" sketch that created Chappelle's most loathed catchphrase? Which one was his funniest sketch? 😂
Charlie Murphy's funniest 'Chappelle's Show' sketch: Prince or Rick James?
Billboard laid out the cases for both iconic sketches.
Gil Kaufman writes:
In the Prince story, Charlie -- who admittedly fell victim to the androgynous look of the mid-1980s -- described the purple "Zorro-type" outfit Prince wore to a club one night when he invited Eddie and his crew to his house to listen to some music. "He had a nice environment, it was tight," Charlie said of Prince's scene. But then things got weird when the Purple One became bored and asked if Charlie and his pals wanted to take on the Revolution in a friendly game of basketball.
While Chappelle portrayed James in the skit, they also featured the real James, who corroborated Charlie's tales of their long, debauched nights. "He was hanging out with the big dogs, Charlie was doing crazy things and I had to straighten him out, sometimes I had to go upside his head," said real-life James. That was all well and good, but in his inimitable sweet-but-not-to-be-trifled-with fashion, Charlie explained how Rick himself sometimes stepped over the line.
Both scenes were hilarious and allowed Charlie to stand out from his little brother Eddie as an observational comedian.
Watch "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories - Prince" below, and see how he became an iconic comedian.
Watch 'Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories - Rick James" below, and you'll see why the clip is so legendary.
"I'm Rick James, bitch!"