The 52 year-old shot to fame on the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle’s Show and has gone onto appear in numerous blockbusters since including Norbit and Night at the Museum.
But now he’s returning to stand-up after with the globally successful, and unusually named, Acid Trip Tour.
“It’s my metaphor for the world we’re living in today,” Charlie explains. “The world is crazy, is it all really happening?”
The funny gene is deeply imbedded in the Murphy family but Charlie said he didn’t let himself become riled by constant comparisons to his brother Eddie.
“That would be empowering someone else,” he said. “I’ve known all my life I was funny because I’ve spent my whole time laughing.”
Charlie has been from pole to pole with his latest tour and said a good comedian could get a laugh in any country.
“A lot of people can get a laugh in their own country, and have a great show, but can’t make it in America.
“It’s hard to go to somebody else’s house and get a laugh. I just talk about what’s familiar to everyone.
“I’ve been all over the world. I even went to Reykjavik in Iceland. They’d never had a black comedian come up there before!”
He added he was looking forward to visiting England for our comedy-friendly audiences.
“I enjoy myself there. They like to laugh in England.”
Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories on The Chappelle Show saw him retelling encounters with 1980s celebrities, including the infamous Rick James sketch.
But don’t expect to see the old sketches in his new tour.
“The (Chappelle) Show is a crutch. The Rick James joke was something I made ten years ago. I’m not going to come out talking about the same thing every year. Why should I be paid for that?”
The New York comedian said his new material was about his own life experiences, not simply the shock factor.
“I’m not pulling my pants down, I’m not gonna come out cussing the queen. I pull no punches but I talk to people like they’re adults.
“I just wanna make people laugh.”
Charlie Murphy is visiting Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on October 14. Tickets on 0844 871 7627.