Many people were introduced to the late Charlie Murphy via comedian Dave Chappelle’s comedy sketch show. Murphy and Chappelle gave fans many funny, memorable moments. Chappelle paid homage to Murphy at John Mayer’s concert by sharing that everyone in comedy was hurting.
Dave Chappelle Honors Charlie Murphy:
Dave Chappelle honored his friend and Chappelle Show cast member Charlie Murphy while making a surprise appearance at a John Mayer concert in Columbus, Ohio Wednesday. While welcoming Mayer to the Midwest, Chappelle and Mayer joked about their friendship and how they often hang out late. Telling John that he was a sight for sore eyes because he learned some heartbreaking news about the late Charlie Murphy. Referring to one of Mayer’s previous performances, he asked that the lights be sexier as Mayer began to play a song entitled, You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me.
Today, I got some terrible news, Chappelle said. My good friend, Charlie Murphy, passed away this morning, and everybody in comedy is heartbroken.
The comedian and Mayer reminisced about Murphy’s legendary “True Hollywood Stories” sketches on Chappelle’s Show. Dave shared how he originally asked Prince to participate in that sketch and he adamantly told Dave “No”. Later, Chappelle revealed that Prince wished that he had participated in the skit. They both shared how they loved Murphy’s phrase about Rick James as Charlie called him a “habitual line stepper”.
John, if you would, there was a night, maybe four months ago, where we were at Hotel Café in LA,” he said. “You were doing a show for 120 people. You went to the piano and you sang this song, and the song you sang that night reminded me of my friend, Charlie Murphy
As Mayer beautifully played, Chappelle shared that the world loved Charlie Murphy’s comedy, his stories, and his spirit. Asking the audience to put away their phones, Chappelle aspired to have the audience store a memory in their mind and not their phone. Of course, someone captured the moment on their phone and it was beautiful.
Famous in his own right, Charlie Murphy was the older brother of the legendary Eddie Murphy. He passed away on Wednesday in New York City at the young age of 57 after a battle with leukemia. A battle that Murphy withheld as many people did not know that he was suffering from cancer.
Prior to his stand out performance on Chappelle’s Show, Murphy worked as a stand-up comedian and acted in many movies such as CB4, Lottery Ticket, Player’s Club, Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues and Jungle Fever. In working with his brother, he co-wrote Vampire in Brooklyn and 2007’s Norbit. After Chappelle’s Show, Murphy continued to tour and was slated to appear in the upcoming season of ” Power”.
Rest in peace, Charlie Murphy. You were so loved by many.
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