Everything in Dave Chappelle’s Skit About Prince Playing Basketball Is True

Bryan Brandom
(Photo: Comedy Central)

Twelve years ago, comedian Dave Chappelle blessed the world with one of the funniest and most memorable skits of all time on his series Chappelle's Show.

The segment was called "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories," in which the older brother of legendary comedian Eddie Murphy, who used to be his bodyguard and is now a comedian himself, shares, you guessed it, true Hollywood stories.

But apparently Chappelle's skit about the late Prince and his friends crushing Murphy's crew in a game of basketball after a night on the town is totally true.

“Everything in that skit is true,” former Shalamar guitarist Micki Free, a character in the segment, told The Undefeated. “I played in that game. And Prince was Steph Curry all m—–f—— night!”

And it's not just that they played basketball. Just about every hilarious detail in the show was ripped straight from reality—they went to Prince's after a club closed, Prince suggested a game of hoops, Murphy's crew responded with laughter.

“Yes, it’s true, we had on ‘blouses,’ and frilly shirts,” Free said. “The same clothes we had at the club. Prince played in 6-inch heels!”

Even the postgame meal was as described.

“It was just like they showed on TV,” Free said. “His chef served us blueberry pancakes, for real!”

And Prince had game.

“They checked the ball to me, I gave it to Prince and he went to work. You know that one move where Curry dribbles up and they got him covered, but he steps back behind the 3-point line and hits nothing but net? That was Prince,” Free said.

The legendary recording artist confirmed the story a few months before his passing, making sure to trash Charlie Murphy's game in the process.

Prince played two years of JV basketball in high school before quitting due to depth in front of him. But his coach at Central High School in Minneapolis says he could have been an impactful player had it not been for poor timing.

"At the time, that team was considered the greatest ever assembled in Minnesota,” said Albert Nuness. “So it would have been hard for him to get time with us, and lot had to do with his size. But had he gone to any other school in the city — West or South — he would have played. A lot. No question.”

Nuness' player comp for the 5'2" musician? Former Atlanta Hawks point guard Spud Webb.

“His game was quickness. He wasn’t the best shooter, but he could split the seams and pass the ball and because of his size people loved to watch him,” Nuness said. “The player he reminds me of — Spud Webb. He didn’t have the leaping ability like Spud, but his quickness was very similar.”

 

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