Eddie Murphy’s classic 1983 stand-up comedy routine, filmed live in Washington, D.C., is still oft quoted (“You dropped your ice cream, you dropped your ice cream”) and remembered for his raunchy, racy material and no-holds-barred delivery.
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Even though some of the jokes are now outdated and simply don't seem that funny anymore (emphasizing black/white people, gay people stuff), most of the performance was so not-giving-a-shit- kind of rudeness that it gave me creeps knowing that this kind of stand-up would never go through in my country even nowadays. Great! 4.5
Cherish a time when Eddie Murphy still was independent, controversial and dared say what he wanted without any studio producers, fans or control freaks trying to stop him. Here he is having fun talking shit about others and himself. How Eddie Murphy managed to turn his career from foul-mouthed stand-up comedian to clean spoken and mild family actor is one of the biggest and saddest career changes in modern times.
Vulgarity can be witty and funny or it can simply be vulgar. 22-year-old Murphy was a rising star and charming enough to have the audience loving every minute though for every funny impersonation there are a dozen jokes that fall flat. It's even harder to watch now that much of the humor is based on now antiquated views. The gay and AIDS jokes and the notion that racism has to be sought out are painful.