Charlie Murphy: Remembering His Friend Prince With Laughter
Comedian Charlie Murphy is known for making people laugh especially at his incredible stories with the likes of Rick James and Prince in them. But Murphy has also had his share of hurt, like when his wife died of cervical cancer in 2009 leaving him as a single parent. But it was comedy that the turned to in order to change his pain to laughter.
He had to do that again this year when his longtime friend Prince also died on April 21, 2016. We take a look back at some of the funny memories Murphy gave us about the talented musician and friend to many.
In 2004, a sketch on Dave Chappelle’s, “Chappelle’s Show” had Charlie telling the “True Hollywood Story” (seen in the above video) of the time Prince and his entourage challenged Murphy and his friends to a most unusual basketball game. Wearing eccentric outfits, Prince and his boys supposedly wielded some unbelievable skills that day, then celebrated a game well-played with short stacks for everyone.
It was one of the funniest skits on the highly successful, award-winning show. People were talking about it, commenting on it and creating memes about it on social media. When Dave Chappelle decided not to do season 3 of the show, the shows with Charlie Murphy and Prince became one of the highest viewed re-runs of the show.