Brando Murphy and Eddie Murphy

Comedian/actor Eddie Murphy is fighting back against an up-and-coming fellow comic who has taken one comedy skit too far.

Gossip website TMZ reports Brando Murphy insists Eddie Murphy is his father. The unknown comedian even changed his last name to Murphy in an attempt to get Murphy’s attention.

Murphy’s lawyers fired back by threatening to file a lawsuit (and possibly a restraining order) against Brando.


Eddie’s lawyer fired off several threatening letters to BRANDO MURPHY, claiming the comedian has all but advertised on a sandwich board that he’s Eddie’s offspring. In one letter — obtained by TMZ — Eddie’s lawyer, legal pit bull Marty Singer, threatens to sue him for millions if he doesn’t back off.

According to the letters, these are some of the things Brando has done:

— Changed his last name to Murphy
— Performing with Richard Pryor’s son, Mason, in the “Sons of Comedy”
— Showing up at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Eddie frequents and
screaming, “My father won’t talk to me!”

Brando is not backing down, sending his own threatening letter to Eddie, insisting he’s never presented himself as Eddie’s son and calling Eddie’s accusations “vile, base, contemptible, miserable, wretched and loathsome.”

Brando says he’ll sue Eddie for defamation if he continues what he calls a campaign of intimidation.