Eddie Murphy Reveals What Happened to His Famous Red Leather Suit From ‘Delirious’

When you think about Eddie Murphy’s 1983 stand-up special Delirious, you either think about its raunchy content or the bright red suit the comedian wore throughout the program. The outfit is one of his most memorable looks and is still widely discussed today. In fact, Murphy was asked about the suit in a recent interview and revealed that something really horrible happened to it.

Eddie Murphy at an award show in 2016
Eddie Murphy at an award show in 2016 | Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

What happened to Eddie Murphy’s red leather suit from ‘Delirious’?

On Dec. 21, Murphy appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he revealed the fate of his iconic suit.

“The red suit was destroyed one night [by] Keenen Ivory Wayans,” he explained to host Jimmy Fallon. “Back then, if you dared him to do anything, he would do it. One night, we were getting dressed to go somewhere and he came in the closet, saw the suit and put the red leather suit on.” But it fit much tighter on the hunky In Living Color host than Murphy.

“Keenen’s like 6-foot-4 with muscles, so the suit was busting off him,” Murphy explained. “And I said, ‘I dare you to go out with that suit on.'”

“This was back in the day, so we went to Studio54 and all these clubs,” Murphy continued. “And at the end of the night, the suit was destroyed.”

He also talked about the purple suit that he wore in his 1987 stand-up special, Raw, but its whereabouts are a lot murkier. “I don’t know what happened to the purple one,” Murphy told Fallon.

Watch his comments around the 1:00 mark

Does Eddie Murphy still perform stand-up comedy?

Murphy hasn’t done stand-up in decades. But he told The New York Times in September that he has a comedy tour planned and that he’s slated to release a special on Netflix in 2020. However, fans shouldn’t expect to see anything similar to his old material.

“I’m mushier than I used to be,” he explained to the publication.

“I now have a whole lifetime of experiences to draw upon,” he added. “There was a time when I was at the center of everything, what I was doing, and how funny I was and how popular. I’m not at the center. Now my kids are and everything revolves around them,” the father-of-10 continued.

Though fans won’t be getting a special for another few months, Murphy recently performed comedy on Saturday Night Live. On Dec. 21, the Dr. Dolittle star hosted the show and reprised his most iconic characters for the first time in 35 years. From beginning to end, the set gave fans everything they were hoping for and then some.

Aside from that, Murphy also has another major project coming up: the long-awaited sequel to Coming to America (1988). Murphy told Fallon that he’d completed filming two weeks earlier and that the film is downright hilarious. So, there’s a lot to get excited about.

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