In the beginning of Chappelle’s Show, it was the little things that drew you to Charlie Murphy, who passed away today at the age of 57.
Charlie Murphy was the perfect supporting actor in a show whose inescapable magnetism was often the direct product of its star, Dave Chappelle.
For most people, the Rick James and Prince skits – titled “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” fall in the Rushmore of Chappelle sketches.
For those two weeks, everyone took a backseat to Charlie Murphy, including the two legendary comics that he spent his personal and professional life supporting – Chappelle and his brother Eddie.
For this brief moment, Charlie was the funniest man alive.
Chappelle laid the groundwork, but Charlie proved he shined the brightest in the presence of legends, which spearheaded the show’s pivot toward greatness.