Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)
USA / English
"WARNING! You may be offended if you're black, white, male, female, rich or poor, Bill Cosby, Mr. T or Richard Pryor. "Eddie Murphy in a stand-up performance recorded live. For an hour and a half he talks about his favourite subjects: sex and women.
Energy and stage presence covers up some weak patches among the laughs
Live in New York, Eddie Murphy may well look quite ridiculous in his
purple jumpsuit but he holds the stage really well in this large arena.
It goes without saying that his material is relentlessly foulmouthed
and occasionally offensive but it rarely bothered me because he does
manage to be consistently funny throughout the show. His topics are
mostly in the realm of relationships in regards sex and women
generally. This worried me a little bit because these topics hardly
offered much in the way of originality but actually he did really well
It wasn't that he avoided clichés (because he doesn't) but more that he
manages to inject energy into his whole show. At times his material is
very strong but even when he is being obvious and crude, his energy
lifts it, engages the audience and makes it feel better than it is. I
wasn't rolling with laughter all the time but I did really enjoy the
show so, even when I didn't laugh at some bits, it wasn't really a
problem but he was generally still amusing. Director Townsend doesn't
really help him by having the camera tight on him so much either;
Murphy's energy is in his whole body so the close shots reduce this
somewhat plus the whole setup makes it hard to appreciate the
audience being in the room.
Overall though a funny and energetic show from Murphy. It isn't a
classic by any means and his material is hardly original but he has
stage presence and energy and that helps a lot. Maybe too crude and
foulmouthed to be to everyone's tastes but if it is your thing then it
is worth a look.
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