Charlie Murphy at Howard Theatre Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7

As a comedian, Charlie Murphy is more than just Eddie’s older brother. Dedicated followers will remember his role as the hilarious, intimidating Gusto in 1993’s piercing satire, CB4, and new fans will recognize the menacing perfection that’s become his trademark. His breakthrough finally came in 2004 thanks to Dave Chappelle; Murphy’s “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” skits on Chappelle’s Show recalled hysterical encounters with stars like the enigmatic Prince and Rick James during his obnoxious, overindulgent prime. The exposure of the James sketch helped Murphy find a new audience and, in turn, Murphy helped keep the show afloat for a final season following the creator’s departure. His detailed, riotous memories of slapping James and enjoying pancakes with Prince have helped Murphy find regular work since Chappelle’s Show ended. That includes stand-up comedy, for which his blunt delivery is best suited. Allow the elder Murphy to kick you in the chest with laughter during his weekend stay at the Howard. Charlie Murphy performs at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $30–$55. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.

Leave a Comment

Note: HTML tags are not allowed in comments.
Comments Shown. Turn Comments Off.
...