Watching his brother Eddie Murphy evolve into one of the all-time greatest comedians has been an exhilarating experience for Charlie Murphy, and he is celebrating that success with the world. The former “Chappelle's Show” star is among the star-studded list of talent, including Chris Rock, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Tyler Perry, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Tracey Morgan and others, that will be featured on Spike TV’s special tribute to the comedy legend, “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only.”
During a recent interview with the Huffington Post, the fellow stand-up comedian and actor opened up on paying homage to his brother and shared his thoughts on President Barack Obama being reelected for a second term.
How does it feel to be a part of the first ever televised celebration honoring Eddie Murphy?
It’s a tremendous honor to be a part of the lineup that they have honoring Eddie Murphy. And then it’s also a tremendous honor to be the brother of the man being honored, because I have a distinct memory about the journey. I’ve seen him on the path that he’s been on, from going way, way back to when he was a kid. So to see anyone go from that to where he is now, it’s a big thrill to see people come out and say, “we appreciate you.”
How has the trajectory of Eddie’s career inspired you as a comedian?
For me, starting comedy at the age that I started doing it, for me, being the brother of someone who’s regarded as one of the all-time kings is a tremendous experience. I’m a real student of the game and I know that you can be a comedian and never leave Brooklyn, you’re still a comedian and can make people laugh. I got a chance to leave and I’ve been all over the country. So the fact that I’ve been to ten other countries, and I got love in all these other countries, it just inspires me to continue doing what I’m doing.
In the past Chris Rock expressed interest in doing a tour with Dave Chappelle. Would you and Eddie ever consider doing something similar?
I wouldn’t expect anything, but nothing is impossible. Me and Eddie have collaborated before. We collaborated on “Norbit,” we collaborated on “Vampire In Brooklyn.” I starred in “Harlem Nights,” where I was allowed to be at the table with Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Della Reese, Robin Harris. I was able to work side by side with these people and able to pick some of their energy. So will Eddie and I work together again, who knows. This tribute is a collaboration of sorts, because we didn’t do it at his house, it’s a TV show. [Laughs] In fact my brother, Vernon, is the executive producer on it. So everyone in the family is involved to some capacity.
What are your thoughts on President Obama being re-elected for another term?
I’m very, very happy that Obama was re-elected. And I’m also very happy that they identified the fact that there is a strong old racist voice in America dying. The Republicans now are saying, “we have to be more diverse,” and that’s landmark. There is no more such thing as “the good ‘ol boys club, and we’re just taking care of us.” It’s going to be, “if you’re not taking care of everybody you can’t run [for president],” and that’s a good thing…At the end of the day, in regards of anyone who may be upset about it, he’s only doing four more years and then it’s over.
“Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” premieres on November 14 at 10PM/ET on Spike TV.
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