Bill Burr Shares a Hilarious Charlie Murphy Story in Tribute to The Late Comedian

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.


  • Titan of comedy that died suddenly? He was known for a couple skits and he died of cancer. Seemed like a funny, good hearted guy and those skits are classic, completely unlike this article.

    • zo

      he was known for more than skits, my guy. and no one knew we has sick to that extent. so yeah, definitely sudden, and that’s been reflected in just about every single person that knew him.

    • Don’t get me wrong – he was part of some legendary scenes and all that. Funny in everything I’ve seen him in, wish he and his brother were working more, but “titan of comedy” doesn’t apply to way more known, influential comedians than him. There’s no reason for me to short him on anything he did, just seems disingenuous in the same way calling some jerk who just died a great guy who you’ve always really liked. Like, bullshit, let’s be real and celebrate real shit.