“How about you and your friends versus me and The Revolution?”
These legendary words were (supposedly) uttered by Prince in a basketball game in 1985, as detailed in “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” a recurring Chappelle’s Show sketch about Murphy’s adventures with his famous brother Eddie. [Note: Chappelle’s Show originally aired on Comedy Central; Comedy Central and MTV News are both owned by Viacom.]
While most people probably know “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” from the stories about Rick James -- “I’m Rick James, bitch” -- the best edition of the sketch was centered around Prince.
In the sketch, Charlie Murphy details meeting Prince at a party after the release of Purple Rain, an era when Prince was “the shit.” Prince then invites the Murphys back to his home, challenging Charlie and his friends to a game of basketball. Murphy, underestimating Prince due to Prince’s clothes (“a Zorro-type outfit, with ruffles down the front,” something that “a figure skater would wear”) and some pretty blatant homophobia, jokes that the game should be “shirts versus blouses.”
To Murphy's surprise, though, Prince is amazing at basketball, eventually declaring victory: “Game, blouses.”
And, after the game, he takes Murphy and his friends back to the house and serves them pancakes.
Apparently, Prince loved the sketch and confirmed that the basketball game took place. He also used a photo of Chappelle (with pancakes, naturally) as the cover for his 2013 single “Breakfast Can Wait.”
In a statement to MTV News, Murphy said, "I'm blown away. May he rest in peace. Music has lost one of its greatest icons."