Eddie Murphy Raw


After the initial sketch and into the live show itself Murphy begins by saying how various people he referenced responded to their mention in his previous stand-up show, Delirious, specifically Mr. T and Michael Jackson. Murphy also talks about a phone call he received from Bill Cosby in which he said that his son, Ennis, heard his profanity and requested that Murphy not say the word “fuck” on stage again, and began chastising him for his offensive material. Murphy then went on to say that he called Richard Pryor and told him about what Cosby said Pryor responded angrily, calling Cosby a “Jell-O-puddin’ eatin’ motherfucka”, and that if Murphy’s fans think it was funny, then Cosby has no business telling him how to do his act. Murphy also talks about how Pryor was an inspiration to Murphy. Bolstered by Pryor’s encouragement, Murphy stood up to Cosby in a profane manner, and as a result Murphy said that Cosby ‘got raw’, possibly the inspiration for the show’s title.

Murphy makes jokes about relationships; notably of the practice that developed during the 80’s of wives divorcing their husbands and taking ‘half!’, as well as about the faults of both men and women and how the opposite sex exploit those weaknesses, basing it on the message in the song “What Have You Done for Me Lately”. He jokes that he intends to go deep into Africa to find a ‘bush bitch’ who has no concept of Western culture in order to get a wife who (he hopes) will not divorce him. He also makes passing references to Japanese women who are supposedly very obedient to their husbands.

Murphy delivers a well-received segment on Italian-Americans, on their stereotypical behavior, especially how they behave after seeing a Rocky movie. He then talks about white people’s apparent inability to dance. He later talks about his experience in a nightclub where an Italian-American started a fight with Murphy, causing a large brawl, the end result of which saw Murphy getting sued for millions of dollars by all involved and even a few who weren’t.

Murphy also talks about his rude mother making him a biggest homemade onion-and-green-pepper hamburger that shaped like a meatball on Wonder Bread and an exaggerated account on how poor his family was, eventually going into a routine impersonating his father drunk, which follows on from the nightclub brawl segment.


I think we all long for the time when Eddie Murphy was hilarious, right? Some of the younger generation I have talked to don’t even know of a time when he was anything but “this weird old guy who tries too hard”. Well, Eddie Murphy Raw is sure to take us all back and/or introduce new fans to the genius of Eddie.

What is this about?

Filmed live during two concerts at Madison Square Garden, this stand-up comedy classic showcases Eddie Murphy in a series of uproarious celebrity impressions, observations about the 1980s, remembrances of his childhood and much more.

Since this isn’t really a film with a beginning, middle, and end, but rather a stand-up comedy routine, I can’t really review it that way I do everything else.

Murphy’s routine had me cracking up from start to finish, especially the bit about Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor. Being a fan of all 3 comedians, it would have been hard for me to not enjoy that bit. Maybe it is just a sign of the times, but this kind of humor probably would not work today, at least not as well.

In Murphy’s previous stand-up film, he wears a Michael Jackson-esque red leather suit. This time around he dons similar garb by wearing a Prince-esque paisley purple and black leather suit, complete with black biker gloves. I’m not really one to comment on a man’s fashion, but I have to wonder what was up with this choice of wardrobe. I suppose it could have been worse, though.

This routine had its ups and downs. It started off great, but the last couple of bits fell a bit flat for me. I think it might have something to do with the way he segues to them that didn’t work, but these sequences about his family almost garnered this film a lower rating.

Quick little tidbit, or warning…the word “fuck” is used 223 times in this film, which was a record for a full-length film for quite some time. So, for those of you that have issues with language, you have been warned. I do wonder why you’re watching an R-rated Eddie Murphy comedy routine from the 80s, though, if you’re that easily offended by language.

Eddie Murphy Raw is the perfect film for those of us nostalgic for the days when Murphy could make us laugh. Whatever this man has mutated into, it can’t be denied that he was hilarious back in the day. Certain people in this house hate stand-up comedy and were laughing harder than ever, so what does that tell you. I highly recommend this to any and everyone. If you don’t nearly die laughing, then you just don’t have a sense of humor!

4 3/4 out of 5 stars


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