Fans of the iconic sketch comedy series Chappelle’s Show (which recently returned to Netflix and HBOMax) are no doubt familiar with Charlie Murphy’s recurring segment, “True Hollywood Stories,” where Murphy recounts memorable encounters with celebrities as a member of his brother’s entourage in the 1980s.
One of Charlie’s more vivid experiences, as profiled in sketch form on Chappelle’s Show, involved music icon Prince. As the story goes, Prince, then at the height of his Purple Rain fame, challenged Murphy and his pals to a game of basketball after a night out at the club. Prince, who stood only 5’3,” along with his bandmates, proceeded to dominate, schooling the Murphy brothers in a landslide victory.
But did it actually happen that way? Eddie says yes.
“That is totally and absolutely accurate,” Murphy insisted Thursday during his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Murphy, who has been making the talk show rounds to promote his new film Coming 2 America on Amazon Prime, even remembers what the famed multi-instrumentalist was wearing on the night of said pickup game. “We had on club clothes. And Prince had on that outfit that was in the Kiss video, where he had the little short shirt and the leather jacket with buttons and stuff. He Had a little gold chain around his waist. He had on a ‘waistlet.’”
These outfits were depicted to humorous effect on Chappelle’s Show, with Charlie mocking Prince and his buddies by derisively calling their team the “Blouses.” That was also true to life, according to Eddie. “The blouses won,” the 59-year-old remembers. “They beat the f--k out of us.”
While Murphy’s gang didn’t measure up to The Revolution, Eddie believes things may have turned out differently if one of his teammates had worn the proper footwear. “We had one dude on our squad that could play, named Larry. And he didn’t have shoes, so Prince gave him some sneakers. And Prince wore like maybe two, three sizes smaller than Larry. But Larry was so excited to have Prince’s sneakers on,” said the comedian of Saturday Night Live and Beverly Hills Cop fame. “So we lost. The one dude that could play, Prince’s shoes had him shut down so he couldn’t execute.”
Excuses, excuses. Unfortunately, the segment ended before Fallon could inquire about Prince’s world-famous flapjacks.