Before 1:30 this afternoon, I was in East Point, GA today, taking care of some business, when I received a text saying “Charlie Murphy is dead”. Being the skeptic that I am, I decided to Google it when I was walking towards my SUV, as the building I was in was causing my signal to slow. Sure enough, TMZ was the first to break the news, “CHARLIE MURPHY DEAD AT 57 After Leukemia Battle“.
Like most people, I first remember Charlie Murphy from Chappelle’s Show, where he hilariously talked about playing basketball with Prince (and how Prince whooped his ass in high heels and made pancakes afterwards). I also remember when he talked about his encounters with Rick James (“Charlie Murphyyy!!!” or “What did the five fingers say the face? Slap!!!”), which was ironically Rick James’ last interview before he died. He participated in many of Dave Chappelle’s skits, and all of them were hilarious. He also did work on shows like The Boondocks, another one of my faves. But his career went back before Dave Chappelle, where he helped write some of his younger brother’s, Eddie Murphy, movies.
I got a chance to see Charlie about a year and a half ago, when he was here in Atlanta during the Comedy Get Down Tour, which also featured Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin, and George Lopez. It was cool seeing him perform outside of his TV and movie performances. He was just as much of a fool live as he was in his shows.
The Black Community lost another good one today, at such a young age. But God needed him home, so he can join the other comedy greats on that grand comedy stage. So rest in peace, Charlie Murphy. I know Heaven is going to get a great performance tonight.