When I heard that Charlie Murphy had died, the first thing I thought of was his classic Chappelle’s Show story about playing basketball with Prince. He was a great standup and an actor with dozens of credits but members of a certain generation will always remember him for his roles on Dave Chappelle’s sketch show.
The recurring “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” segments were always a highlight and none stands out more than the one from Season 2, Episode 5, where Murphy recounts the tale of a late-night game of hoops against Prince. It’s iconic.
(Just a word of warning, this is the uncensored version of the sketch.)
The story might seem too good to be true but Murphy was telling the truth. Micki Free-yes, the same guy Murphy poked fun at in the sketch-told The Undefeated last year that it was all true. The bit about pancakes was apparently also true-Prince used that as the cover art for a single.