80s Eddie Murphy Raw Comedy Tour 1987 Sweatshirt Large

Chest 21.5 in.

Length 23 in.

Sleeve 20 in.

Content: 50% Acrylic, 50% Cotton

Tag Brand: Tultex

This sweet sweatshirt commemorates the 1987 tour from comedian Eddie Murphy. Murphy rose to fame in the early 80s thanks to his role on the popular sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. His characters on the show included parodies of pop culture figures like Mr. Rogers and Buckwheat of the Little Rascals, and Murphy wound up becoming the biggest breakout star to emerge during his era on the show. Murphy's popularity on SNL lead to multiple movie roles and two stand up specials.This sweatshirt celebrates the second of the two specials, Raw, which was recorded and turned into a concert film with a wide theatrical release.

Raw was recorded during Murphy's performance at the Felt Forum in Madison Square Garden, and it wound up becoming the highest-grossing stand up comedy film to ever be released, earning over $50 million in North America. During this period of time Murphy's comedy was characterized by his prolific profanity, and Raw addressed critiques of this comedic style, while also acknowledging Murphy's admiration for one of his comedic heroes, Richard Pryor. In fact Murphy used to listen to Pryor's 1974 comedy album as a teenager, and credits the album with inspiring him to become a comedian. Raw certainly did demonstrate Murphy's profane humor at the time, though. The MPAA's original rating for the film was X before several cuts were made, and the f word was used a whopping 223 times, a record that wasn't surpassed until Goodfellas was released in 1990.

Fits like a modern unisex adult large. The red on the graphic is puffy paint.


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