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Monday, July 25, 2011

Charlie Murphy Leads an Epic Hallucination at Cobb's Comedy Club

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM

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"Is this really happening, or am I somewhere butt-naked in the county lockup? I see crazy shit; I told you, I took acid before."

Friday night, Charlie Murphy soared through the midway point of his eight-show run at Cobb's Comedy Club with an absorbing hour of political, social, and pop culture skewering that sharply used this hallucination-driven line as a point to reiterate each time everything got too odd.

Of course, Murphy wasn't literally trippin' -- from Sarah Palin and Charlie Sheen to Bin Laden and Waka Flocka Flame, he was just pointing out some of the most absurd and extreme forms of humanity and what they're able to get away with in this world and beyond. But it wasn't all lysergic. He also was open enough to share life's most sobering moments, like losing his wife to cancer and becoming both mommy and daddy to his children.

"You can't tell by looking at me that I've seen all of the Barbie movies," he revealed.

click to enlarge Murphy on a long, strange trip at Cobb's. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Murphy on a long, strange trip at Cobb's.

In the first sentence of his book The Making of a Stand-Up Guy, Murphy states that he didn't step on a comedic stage until a decade ago, when he was 42. Though he spent many years in Hollywood as a screenwriter and supporting actor, he waited for his own opportunity to present himself as an original thinker in comedy -- something that eventually came via Comedy Central's dearly departed television series Chappelle's Show.

This trajectory, which now includes penning and starring in forthcoming original television series for two networks, is in sharp contrast to the meteoric rise of his two-years-younger brother Eddie, who was an American household name at 19. That he can physically look so much like Eddie but not remind audiences of him in the midst of a live performance is a true gift.

Charlie Murphy was worth the wait, and what a long, strange trip it's been.

Murphy returns to the Bay Area from Aug. 11-14 at the Improv in San Jose.

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