Last week we lost a titan of comedy in the sudden and tragic death of Charlie Murphy. The days since have been filled with remembrances and tributes to the Chappelle’s Show co-star, including one from the marquee name, Dave Chappelle, who joined John Mayer onstage the night of Murphy’s passing to pay tribute to his friend and collaborator.
Over the weekend, Bill Burr, another star from the show’s roster, took to his podcast to salute the late comedian, sharing a few stories about the man who profoundly impacted Burr’s career upon being introduced in 2004, a man the comedian claims had “already lived four lifetimes” by the time they’d crossed paths. Burr recounts how Murphy’s Hollywood stories seemed larger than life, and even revealed the sheer breadth of their subjects, including Whitney Houston, Sugar Ray Robinson and OJ Simpson, professing Murphy’s iconic Rick James sketch to be the greatest of all-time.
He goes on to share the story of how some sage advice from Murphy kept Burr from getting hustled into a beating while training for a role. Word to the wise: if you’re ever in a boxing gym and someone asks to spar, they’re probably just looking to knock you out with some untested maneuvers. He ends the transmission audibly distraught, torn up over the loss. Hear Bill Burr’s tribute to Charlie Murphy below.
Hear Bill Burr’s tribute to Charlie Murphy below.