In light of Charlie Murphy’s recent passing, we’ve decided to rerun the interview that we conducted with him. R.I.P. Mr. Murphy. You will be missed.

Charlie Murphy is an entertainer who has beaten the odds. He went from gangbanging and sitting in a jail cell to being a bodyguard for his younger brother Eddie Murphy and filling-up venues as a stand-up comedian. He’s also the author of the book, The Making of a Stand-up Guy, and he has appeared in some of our favorite movies including Lottery Ticket and Our Family Wedding.

We love Charlie Murphy as Frank Kingston in Ice Cube’s hit TV show Are We There Yet?, but he is probably best known as the butt of Rick James’ jokes on Chappell’s Show. Those skits are among the funniest things I’ve ever seen in my entire life! If you’re like me, you may have wondered why Charlie Murphy continued to hang around Rick James when it seemed like all Rick did was tease and disrespect him. Don’t get it twisted! During our interview, he told me that he and Rick James had a “great relationship.” They were friends who had a lot of respect for each other. “True Hollywood Stories-Rick James Parts 1 and 2” portrayed a real side of their relationship, but as you could see, the two men were able to laugh at themselves. Charlie Murphy feels bad for anyone who cannot laugh at himself. Hopefully, President Obama feels the same way. In the hilarious DVD I Will Not Apologize, among other things, Charlie Murphy tells us about a dream he had about President Obama. In a nutshell, Murphy dreams that the President is going to legalize the “b*tch slap.” Murphy goes on to say that in the dream the President says that he is black enough to pimp slap you, and white enough to look you in the face as if nothing ever happened. If you have not seen I Will Not Apologize, it’s not too late to order it now. You can find it online at

Charlie Murphy’s personality and comedy is primarily shaped by his childhood and his personal adult experiences. His early years were spent in the projects of Brooklyn, N.Y., and his teenage years were spent in Roosevelt, Long Island. Trust me, Roosevelt is not like the Hamptons! If you are a critic of Charlie Murphy or you do not find him funny, he doesn’t care what you think. He told me that if a critic on the street confronted him, he might use his Charlie Murphy attitude to say, “My profit margin tells me people think I’m funny. I’m with the ‘real’ people in the middle. You can’t please everyone. I don’t worry about the people in the far right or the far left.”

Charlie Murphy is a good man who believes in family honor. His party days are pretty much behind him. He looks forward to spending all of his free time with his children because he knows what is truly important in life. When it is all said and done, he hopes he is remembered as a man who was committed to what he believed in, didn’t settle for mediocre, and was not swayed by anyone. He loves his fans, and he is looking forward to seeing them during his current comedy tour, The Acid Trip Tour. If you want more information on Charlie Murphy or to find out when he is coming to your town, visit his official site

I am a huge supporter of Charlie Murphy, and for that “I Will Not Apologize!”

written by Neenee Donaldson

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