Charlie Murphy

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Please, for the love of everything holy, stop asking comic-actor-writer Charlie Murphy about Chappelle’s Show. Yes, it’s the now-legendary jawn that made him the Murphy brother everyone’s been talking about since his famous-first baby bro’s been laying low. Yes, its the “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” bits on Chappelle’s that will forever be remembered and revisited—on YouTube, at water coolers, between just-chillin’ friends—as the most hysterical been-there accounts of memorable black celebrity moments, complete with Jheri curl wigs, Member’s Only jackets and Prince making pancakes. Here’s the thing, though: By living in his past, you’re ignoring Murphy’s current currency in comedy. Stop that right now.

Granted, I too miss his gritty charms on the wan revival of now-Aaron McGruder-less The Boondocks, on which Murphy voiced the insane, rich-bitch Iraq War vet and pain bringer Ed Wuncler III—especially opposite Samuel L. Jackson’s equally mad Gin Rummy; dang, they should’ve got their own spin-off!—but time marches on. Thankfully, McGruder’s new Adult Swim offering, the eagerly awaited Black Jesus, will put Murphy back in the TV spotlight with Boondocks co-star John Witherspoon and comedian-writer Corey Holcomb, this time in live action. And it’s set in Compton. Oh. hell. yes.

For four whole nights, including a couple early shows, the former delinquent and ex-Navy man’s bringing his own brand of comic menace thisclose to local diehards, and he hasn’t been here in ages, so there no certainty he’ll be back soon. Get in where you fit in, friend. // KENYA BEVERLY

Through Sun., May 25. $30-$37. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. heliumcomedy.com
 

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WHEN
Friday, May 23, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Sunday, May 25, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

TIME & PRICE
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WHERE
2031 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 05/25/2014. .

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