When comedians beef, it's always interesting to see how humor and actual feelings combine to create weird, petty battles. Nowadays, it's even more intense than ever before because the Internet exists. That means it's easy to fire off a tweet or two to get your point across and inadvertently ignite a war of words.
But the beef I'm here to talk to you about actually involves two hilarious comedians that didn't necessarily feel any ill-will towards each other. I think toes were stepped on, though, and the following breakdown will explain exactly how and why.
It began with David Spade's harsh barbs on Saturday Night Live
The pettiness was real. Eddie Murphy kind of singlehandedly saved SNL when he joined the cast and made things a lot fresher back in 1980. On the "Hollywood Minute" sketch, David Spade made it clear that he was going to keep coming with the heat, repeating with a few more zingers.
His friend Chris Rock had this to say to Spade about playing with fire:
“You don’t want him coming down here. Don’t forget, he’s still a black guy.”
Classic Chris Rock.
Well, from David's own memoir, here is his take on how Eddie Murphy responded:
"David Spade, who the f*ck do you think you are?!! Honestly? Who. The. F*ck. Going after ME?? You dumb motherf*cker! I’m off-limits, don’t you know that? You wouldn’t have a job if it weren’t for me. Talking sh*t about me??” Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera … on and on and on and making me feel like sh*t.
I barely spoke. I just stared at [Chris] Rock in disbelief. It was so much worse than I had imagined. I wanted to apologize, explain the joke, anything, but nothing came out. Here was one of my favorite comedians of all time ripping me a new a**hole. I had worshipped this dude for years, knew every line of his stand-up. And now he hated me. Like, really really hated me. The opposite of Sally Field.
That hurts. Chris Rock now acts as a liaison between the two comedians. He'll often jockingly remind Spade of the situation saying...
“Saw Eddie last week. He still hates you.”
So, what's the lesson here? Don't mess with Eddie Murphy, I suppose. Or Charlie, for that matter...