This show contains explicit strong language
Before the Wayans, the Murphys were the unofficial First Family of Comedy. In the early 1940s a psychic revealed to the matriarch that one day someone in her family would be a world famous entertainer. Almost immediately, her children began applying their varied talents; singing, tap dancing and comedy. Uncle Ray was no exception. In anticipation of becoming that superstar, he teamed up with his brother and formed a comedy duo, “The Comedy of Roy and Ray”. Challenges preceded them. Blacks were systematically barred from performing without a partner and minstrel shows represented the only performing opportunities of any kind. Dealing with the racial inequality on the comedy circuit, Uncle Ray remained optimistic about his future in entertainment. He and Eugene Pitt co-founded the doo wop group, “The Akrons”. Eventually breaking up, Eugene Pitt went on to develop the recording group, Eugene Pitts and The Jive Five.
The early 1980s marked a pivotal point in the life of Uncle Ray. A premonition more than 4 decades old was finally realized when his nephew, Eddie Murphy, became one of the biggest stars in the world. A fulfilled prophesy that afforded those close to Eddie the opportunity to share in the spotlight. Recognizing the need to have trusted family members close by, Eddie hired Uncle Ray as head of security detail. Unable to mask his natural talent, Uncle Ray's skills didn't go unnoticed. Oftentimes, requested to perform and entertain, Uncle Ray made appearances in Eddie Murphy produced films, Harlem Nights, Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop 2, in which he is also credited as associate producer. Additionally, he starred in “What's Allan Watching” and hosted HBO's “Uptown Comedy Express”. Considered the blueprint for Def Comedy Jam, Uptown Comedy Express was instrumental in launching careers for notables such as Chris Rock, Arsenio Hall, Marsha Warfield and Barry Sobel.
With an honest and frank comedic style, Uncle Ray has opened for both of his nephews, Eddie and Charlie Murphy. Further solidifying his comedy chops, Uncle Ray has appeared on the Dick Cavett and Arsenio Hall Show. However, one of the most memorable moments was when he sent the audience into an explosion of laugher during The Movie Theater Industry's Cinemateque Ball Awards Show, where he roasted Whoopi Goldberg.Must be 21 & up to enter.
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