Dave Chappelle portrayed music icon Prince with a mystic glare and frilly blouse in one of the most memorable sketches of the popular comedy series "Chappelle's Show." In the 2004 skit, comedian Charlie Murphy recounts the time he and his friends faced off against Prince and the Revolution in a game of pickup basketball and badly lost.
"We can call it the shirts vs. the blouses," Murphy says at the beginning of the game as Prince appears insulted. Murphy tells the audience, "I don't know what he was crying about. He knew where he got that shirt, and it certainly wasn't in the men's department."
But when Prince dominates the game, he has the last laugh. "Game: Blouses," Prince says.
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The skit was based on a true story. More than three decades ago, Prince, wearing one of his trademark purple, flowing outfits, trounced Eddie Murphy and Charlie Murphy in a game of basketball. He then served pancakes to the brothers and their friends.
“They were good, man. They were really good. They were actually perfect,” Charles Murphy has said of the pancakes. “They were as good as he played guitar.”
Turns out Prince grew up playing basketball, football and baseball and he was actually quite good. He made his high school's varsity basketball team as a freshman.
"That cat could ball, man," Charles Murphy says at one point during the skit.
Chappelle's Prince impression was so hilarious, even Prince was a fan. The musician used an image of Chappelle dressed as him from an episode of "Chappelle's Show" on the cover of his 2013 single, "Breakfast Can Wait."
"That's a Prince judo move right there ... you make fun of Prince in a sketch and he'll just use you in his album cover," Chappelle later noted in a "Tonight Show" interview with host Jimmy Fallon. "What am I going to do — sue him for using a picture of me dressed up like him? ... That's checkmate right there."
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