Comedian, actor, writer, and storytelling extraordinaire Charlie Murphy is heading into Orange County to start your year off the right way by delivering laughs just for you at the Irvine Improv, Jan. 2-5. With the date quickly approaching, we didn't want to ask Charlie the same old questions that he no doubt gets again and again. Also since at this point we are all familiar with his with vast body of hilarious work, we wanted learn something about Charlie and the choices that he makes in his "off-stage" life. Well, not that far off-stage. This time around we picked Charlie's brain for his "Top 5 Songs to Come Out on Stage To." Hmmm...we wonder what he'll walk out to this weekend.
5- Snoop ft. Willie Nelson- My Medicine
I used to come on to the stage to this Snoop song called, "My Medicine." It's a country western song and it's a great one. Most people that were listening to it didn't even know that was Snoop. Buy my medicine, buy my medicine. Get my money, buy my medicine. [Laughs.] Yeah, that's Snoop Dogg! I'm not a baby so I've been around and I like all kinds of music, you know?
4- Jay-Z/Kanye West ft. Otis Redding- Otis
I used to use this one a lot too. I like Kanye but he's not the best ever. Not to me anyway. [Laughs.] He has a long way to go and he can feel like that about himself but for me, you can't tell me to feel like that! Me personally, I can name several rappers that I'd put before him you know? He's dope, but he ain't the best. I like Jay-Z too but the reason I like this record is more because of Otis Redding. The Otis Redding hook is awesome. That's what sold this record. Come on now!
3- Tom Petty- Won't Back Down
Another one I've used to walk out on the stage to is, "Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty. I like to bring my own music by the way. I don't leave it up to chance. When it's done, it's done, so I have to be prepared. The music is the easy part! The show has to be good from the beginning to the end. This Tom Petty song is like a country western version of me. It's a really manly song. It's full of testosterone dripping right off of that song! [Laughs.] When I first heard it, I instantly liked the lyrics.
2- Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys- New York
I've used several of Jay-Z's records to come out to. I used to do this one because I'm from New York and it's Jay-Z! Jay-Z has said some things that have been correct too. I mean, as far as rap as concerned, he could never be topped. He said he could make the Yankees hat more famous than a Yankee can. And then the Yankees won the World Series! He was telling dudes about that Yankee hat, and that's some big shit! No one was wearing those hats because they won the World Series! They were buying them and wearing them because they wanted to look like Jigga! It's incredible.
1- Lauren Hill- Final Hour
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I really like to come out to "Final Hour" because that's when I'm getting ready to come out for an hour. The show's gonna be over after that. [Laughs.] Lauren is poppin' some real stuff in this song too. This is the only one of the songs on this list that really has a deep meaning to it. What she is saying in the first verse is kind of like, my dedication is the same. The other songs on the list I just like, but there is no deep meaning to them at all. My favorite is Lauren. This song to me is one of the dopest rap songs ever made and no female artist has come a light year close to her. She only did one album and it ain't been touched yet!
Charlie Murphy performs at the Irvine Improv on January 2nd-5th, 71 Fortune Drive Irvine, CA 92618., (949) 854-5455. For tickets go to www.Improv.com. For more info, check out Charlie's website CharlieMurphycomedy.com, tune into his podcast "Charlie Murphy Presents," and follow him on Twitter @CharlieMurphy.