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Paul Mooney (comedian)

Paul Mooney
Mooney in December 2009
Born (1941-08-04) August 4, 1941
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Medium Stand-up comedy, television, film
Nationality American
Years active 1965–present
Genres Observational comedy, Improvisational comedy, Sketch comedy
Subject(s) African-American history, African-American culture, American politics, current events, racism, race relations, pop culture
Influences George Carlin
Influenced Eddie Griffin
Notable works and roles Sam Cooke in The Buddy Holly Story
Junebug in Bamboozled
Himself and Negrodamus in Chappelle's Show

Paul Gladney (born August 4, 1941), better known by the stage name Paul Mooney, is an American comedian,[1] writer, social critic, television and film actor. He is best known for his appearances on Chappelle's Show and as a writer for the comedian Richard Pryor.[2][1]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Controversies 3
    • BET Comedy Awards 3.1
    • Showtime at the Apollo 3.2
    • "The N-Word" 3.3
    • Boston Marathon Bombings 3.4
  • Television 4
  • Filmography 5
  • Standup 6
  • Books 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Mooney was born in

External links

  1. ^ a b c Ryfle, Steve (March 26, 2010). "Richard Pryor’s Designated Writer: An Interview With Paul Mooney".  
  2. ^ Conan, Neal (December 8, 2009). "'"Mooney's Memories: 'Black Is The New White.  
  3. ^ Mooney, Paul (2009). Black is the New White. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. pp. 36, 44.  
  4. ^ Mooney, Paul (2009). Black is the New White. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. p. 49.  
  5. ^ Mooney, Paul (2009). Black is the New White. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. p. 37.  
  6. ^ Mooney, Paul (2009). Black is the New White. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. p. 47.  
  7. ^ a b Mooney, Paul (2009). Black is the New White. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. p. 239.  
  8. ^ "So Funny It Hurts? Comedians Who Go Too Far".  
  9. ^ a b "COMEDIAN PAUL MOONEY'S OUTRAGEOUS ATTACK ON DIANA ROSS AT BET AWARDS TAPING: A Freaked out, Tracee Ellis Ross, Was in the Audience". 2005-09-26. 
  10. ^ The Howard Stern Show, aired 10-30-2006
  11. ^, IS TIME WARNER PRACTICING CENSORSHIP?, accessed January 12, 2007
  12. ^ a b Mooney, Paul (2009). Black is the New White. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. pp. 242–243.  
  13. ^ Mooney, Paul (2009). Black is the New White. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. p. 245.  
  14. ^ Easley, Hema (2013-04-22). "Comic Paul Mooney comes under fire for Boston comments at Levity Live show". 


Memoir Black Is the New White; 2009 (Foreword by Dave Chappelle)





At a performance in West Nyack, New York, on April 20, 2013—five days after the Boston Marathon bombings—Mooney allegedly joked "white people in Boston deserved what they got and (it was) OK to lose a few limbs... as long as no blacks got hurt it was OK." Numerous audience members stormed out and the shows producer "Levity Live Comedy Club" cancelled the remaining shows.[14] On April 23, Mooney appeared on the Opie and Anthony Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and denied he had made the comments as reported, particularly denying he said that "white people deserved to be blown up."

Boston Marathon Bombings

[13] That show, which he performed at the

On November 26, 2006, Mooney appeared on CNN and talked about how he would stop using the word "nigga" due to Michael Richards' outbursts on stage at The Laugh Factory. He referred to Richards as having become "his Dr. Phil" and "cured" him of the use of the epithet. Mooney also said, "We're gonna stop using the n-word. I'm gonna stop using it. I'm not gonna use it again and I'm not gonna use the b-word. And we're gonna put an end to the n-word. Just say no to the n-word. We want all human beings throughout the world to stop using the n-word." On November 30, he elaborated upon these remarks as a guest of Farai Chideya on the National Public Radio program News & Notes. He declared that he would convene a conference on this controversial subject in the near future, as well as perform his first "n-free" comedy in the upcoming days.

"The N-Word"

"Fuck the Bushes. I hate the whole family. Like that mother of his, she looks like the guy on the Quaker Oats box..."[12]

During a 2006 performance at the The Howard Stern Show on October 30, 2006 where he talked about the performance, including bringing in his road manager as a witness. During the act he made several jokes about Bush, including one likening him to the devil and one stating that his mother looked like the "guy on the Quaker Oats box",[10] and was immediately pulled from the stage. A 45-minute debate ensued in his dressing room in which they decided to cancel the rest of his act. Mooney was told that he had "offended unnamed officials from Time Warner",[11] which operates Showtime at the Apollo. A Time Warner spokeswoman called the story "ridiculous... it's absolutely untrue" that the company had anything to do with the incident. Mooney vowed never to perform at the Apollo again until he receives a straight answer.[12] The line Mooney was reciting when he got pulled off stage was:

Showtime at the Apollo

The majority of Mooney's performance was edited out of the televised broadcast and not aired.[7]

When Mooney was informed that Tracee Ellis Ross was in the audience, he stated: Backstage in the press room, Mooney was asked if he felt his performance was "over the top". Mooney replied: [9].Steve Harvey, Ross's daughter and Næss's stepdaughter, was also in attendance. She reportedly was so offended and embarrassed that she left the room and was comforted by host Tracee Ellis Ross [8] in 2004.mountain climbing, who fell while Arne Næss Jr. According to people who were in attendance, Mooney also made light of the death of Ross' ex-husband [7].DUI. Mooney awarded Ross and made numerous jokes about Ross' 2002 arrest for Diana Ross and Lil' Kim, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson celebrities who have had well-publicized legal troubles. The "nominees" included African American Wake Up Call Award", in which he jokingly presents an award to NiggaIn September 2005, Mooney performed a segment at the 2005 BET Comedy Awards called the "

BET Comedy Awards

Much of Mooney's material is based on the subject of racism in the United States which disturbs some audience members. Such incidents can be heard on Mooney's comedy albums Race and Master Piece and seen in his DVD Know Your History: Jesus Is Black; So Was Cleopatra.


In 2007, Mooney released his first book, the memoir Black is the New White.[1]

In 2006, Paul Mooney hosted the BET tribute to Black History Month titled 25 Most @#%! Moments in Black History. In this show, he narrated some of the most shameful incidents involving African Americans since 1980. The top 25 moments included incidents involving Marion Barry, Terrell Owens, Wilson Goode, Michael Jackson, Flavor Flav, Whitney Houston, and Tupac Shakur.

Mooney initially appeared in the sketches "Ask a Black Dude" and "Mooney at the Movies" on Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show. He later appeared as Negrodamus, an African American version of Nostradamus. As Negrodamus, Mooney ad-libbed the "answers to life's most unsolvable mysteries" such as "Why do white people love Wayne Brady?" (Answer: "Because Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X.") Mooney was planning to reprise his role as Negrodamus in the third season of the Chappelle's Show, before it was canceled.

He was the head writer for the first year of Fox's In Living Color, creating the character Homey D. Clown, played by Damon Wayans. Mooney later went on to play Wayans' father in the Spike Lee film Bamboozled as the comedian Junebug.

Mooney also wrote for Redd Foxx's Sanford and Son, Good Times, acted in several cult classics including Which Way Is Up?, Bustin' Loose, Hollywood Shuffle, and portrayed singer/songwriter Sam Cooke in The Buddy Holly Story.

Mooney wrote some of Pryor's routines for his appearance on Saturday Night Live, co-wrote his material for the Live on the Sunset Strip, Bicentennial Nigger, and Is It Something I Said albums, and Pryor's film Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling. As the head writer for The Richard Pryor Show, he gave many young stand-up comics, such as Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, Marsha Warfield, John Witherspoon, and Tim Reid, their first break into show business.

Mooney became a ringmaster with the Gatti-Charles Circus. During his stint as ringmaster, he always found himself writing comedy and telling jokes, which would later help Mooney land his first professional work as a writer for Richard Pryor.


[6], but never explained to him the meaning or inspiration of the name.Mooney Mama coined the nickname [5] Mooney was raised primarily by his grandmother Aimay Ealy, known among the family as "Mama."[4]

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