Eddie Murphy Adds 1st-Hand Context To Dave Chappelle’s Infamous Prince Basketball Story
Eddie Murphy‘s recent appearance on The Tonight Show revisited the infamous Prince basketball story his late brother Charlie Murphy told on Chappelle’s Show nearly two decades ago.
The legendary comedian Zoomed in to the show on Thursday (February 25) and had some new insight to add when asked by host Jimmy Fallon about his interactions with the late singer.
“We had on club clothes and Prince had on that outfit that was in the ‘Kiss’ video – where he had the little short shirt and the leather jacket and the buttons and stuff,” Murphy said. “He had that outfit on and a little gold chain around his waist. A waistlet, I think. He had on a waistlet and he was like, ‘Y’all wanna play some basketball?’ And we was like, ‘What the fuck?!’”
And yet despite their opponent’s non-basketball worthy attire, the Murphys lost anyway.
“It was Prince and some dude named Micki Free that used to hang out,” he explained. “Then they used to all kind of wear that kind of Prince clothes, so my brother was like, ‘Alright it’s going to be shirts against blouses.’ And they teamed up and the blouses won. They beat the fuck out of us.”
Eddie Murphy’s long-awaited Coming 2 America sequel to the 1988 classic will finally arrive on March 5 via Amazon Prime Video. Originally slated to premiere in December, the film’s distribution rights were sold by Paramount due to the pandemic and the release date was slightly pushed back. Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne, Wesley Snipes, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, Tracey Morgan, Teyana Taylor and more will all appear.
The soundtrack will arrive via Def Jam the same day.
Watch Eddie’s full interview up top and revisit the hilarious Chappelle’s Show skit below.