That story about Prince and pancakes sticks around

Thirty years ago, Prince and the Revolution obliterated Eddie Murphy and Charlie Murphy in a game of basketball, and Prince even wore his flowy Prince clothes while beating the Murphys in shorts.

After his victory, Prince magnanimously hand-served pancakes to the Murphys and their friends.

That legendary story has been around for years, ever since Charlie Murphy narrated it on “Chappelle’s Show.” The weird thing is, that story keeps resurfaces every year. So this year?

“This year, on National Pancake Day, it was rekindled on social media,” Charlie Murphy told me and laughed for a while at the absurdity of that sentence.

On National Pancake Day, the Prince story went viral,” said Murphy — who performs standup comedy Friday through Sunday at the South Point Hotel.

“How good were those pancakes?” I asked.

“They were good, man. They were really good. They were actually perfect,” Murphy said. “They were as good as he played guitar.”

Murphy isn’t sure who made the pancakes.

“But he came out with them. He’s the one that walked in the room with them on a tray,” he said.

Prince, despite being the Mozart of our time, supposedly isn’t happy about Murphy’s presentations of Prince on “Chappelle’s Show.”

“He probably eats French toast now,” Murphy joked.

By the way, Chappelle’s show made Dave Chappelle famous forever, but that show was great because it was an ensemble cast of writers, directors and performers, including Charlie Murphy, co-creator Neal Brennan, Donnell Rawlings, and even Bobcat Goldthwait, Bill Burr, and Paul Mooney.

So I asked Murphy if he ever kicked eccentric Chappelle in the groin for walking away from a show on the verge of becoming the biggest comedy sensation in a generation after just two seasons.

“No. Not one day,” Murphy said. “I didn’t understand what he was doing. I never discussed with him what went down. And not one day did I feel like that.”

The end of “Chappelle’s Show” lit a fire under Murphy, known for his storytelling, to start developing a standup career.

“When I started on the Chappelle show, I was making $500 per episode. That was for working the whole week. Five-hundred bucks,” he said. (Chappelle turned down millions to return for another season.)

“On the road, I went from $500 a week to $35,000 per weekend, $50,000 per weekend. In two or three weeks, I made more than I made in two seasons on ‘Chappelle’s Show,’” doing standup, he said.

Murphy felt pressure at the time to earn money to support his family.

“I had no choice. It was, ‘Do this or die,’” Murphy said. “I give all the credit to the Creator, because I don’t know how I survived, except I had the nerve to keep going back” on stage.

Some veteran comedians on the road complained Charlie Murphy was just a beginning standup. But Murphy was undeterred.

“I never accepted failure. I never accepted other people’s opinions. And I kept going back. At the begining, you’re green, and other guys are jealous,” he said. “They try to minimize you. The reality of it is, I’m still here.”

Murphy thought other comics’ jealousy held them back.

“When you don’t have that (jealousy), it launches you so much further. I really genuinely feel good when I see people win. You know how many people can’t say that?

“I’ve been judged a million times by people who couldn’t get their (expletive) together,” Murphy said. “If you’re sitting around in a chair mumbling, you’re not in the game. You’re just sitting around hating on the winner. Move your ball forward.”

Contact Doug Elfman at delfman@reviewjournal.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman. Find him on Twitter: @VegasAnonymous

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