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Where Do You Go When Even Google Doesn’t Know?

Illustration: Akshita Monga


t one point during Eddie Murphy’s 1983 comedy special Delirious, the then 22-year-old asks for a camera from the members of the audience and gets one from the first row. The comic then proceeds to take a couple of photographs of the crowd gathered at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. People stand up, some wave their hands, a guy lifts his shirt up.

Like a good comedian, Murphy makes a hilarious segment out of taking these photographs. Then, of course, he proceeds to take a selfie of his crotch. “I’ll see you explain the last one to the guy at the Photomat,” he jokes while returning the camera. Although parts of it haven’t aged well, Murphy’s performance has acquired a legendary status and is now considered one of the best comedy specials of all time. Imagine being in one of those photographs.