Jordan Peele Credits ‘Get Out’ Inspiration To Eddie Murphy’s Earlier Reference

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Murphy's hilarious commentary on race was the spark that led to Peele's box-office hit.

Jordan Peele's directorial debut, Get Out is a horror film with a comedic twist depicting the daily experiences of Black people with white liberals, at work and in interracial relationships.

It is almost too timely and too real to be fictional.

The film riffs from various pop culture moments like the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Peele’s own life experiences as a Black man. But it would be remiss not to give legendary comedian Eddie Murphy proper credit. 

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The movie’s title drew notable inspiration from Murphy's 1983 stand-up comedy television special "Delirious” where he makes the reference ‘get out.’

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During a recent interview Peele tells ET, "Eddie Murphy was explaining the difference of how a white family and a Black family would react in a haunted house.”



Eventually, the 70-minute special became Eddie Murphy's first feature stand-up film and precursor to his most notable show, “Eddie Murphy Raw.” To this day, “Eddie Murphy Raw” is the highest grossing stand-up comedy film of all time, making $50.5 million worldwide. 



Peele and Murphy have charted similar career paths while pushing the needle when it comes to addressing race and class through a comedic lens. Perhaps, the two comedians will join forces to work on a project giving us something not just to laugh about, but talk about for the next decade.

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