Early last decade, a man stepped into an explosive role as the creator of the most recognizable exclamation in recent comedy history. Anyone and everyone who tuned in to Comedy Central in the early 2000s can attest that they witnessed the all-time greatest sketch ever seen on television. Just the smallest reminder will force a joyful shout of homage to Chappelle's Show in the form of “I'm Rick James, bitch!!”
Of course, that line wouldn't be nearly as hilarious if it weren't for Charlie Murphy. His first-person storytelling serves as the sketch's backbone and as plenty of proof that the comic can stand on his own when it comes to stand-up comedy. With tons of reflective content in music, film, and television, he's developed a style of yarn-spinning and comedy that transcends preconception. His live act showcases his natural ability to capture an audience's attention and then release them into laughter with seasoned delivery.
See “Darkness” with special guest Freez Luv at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street, through Sunday, May 19.