The Moments That Turned Charlie Murphy Into a Comedy Legend

In the mid-2000s, there was nothing bigger than Chappelle’s Show. It was a cultural tour de force that turned the television world upside down, and recreated what people thought sketch comedy could be. The very first episode was a statement of intent; Chappelle’s performance as a black white supremacist, Clayton Bigsby, showed no topic would be off limits.

But there is no Chappelle’s Show without Charlie Murphy. There were more frequent collaborators on the show, but no one aside from the show’s namesake made a bigger impact than Murphy did. He was part of several of the show’s most popular sketches, which have allowed it to live on despite being off the air since 2006. His impact has been felt on several levels, from catch-phrases that live on to this day to the introduction of phrases that can be used to sum up everyday occurrences people go through.

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