Paul Mooney is one of the most dangerous and
brilliant comic minds of our time. This is not a show for those considered easily offended.
was born in Louisiana and grew up in Oakland, California. As a youth, he
literally ran away from home and joined the Charles Gody Circus, going
down in history as the first African-American ringmaster. He was always
writing comedy. He says "When I was ringmaster, I was doing jokes. I
Richard Pryor at his peak, Paul Mooney talks straight. His first
professional gig in comedy was with Richard Pryor. He wrote most
of the hilarious routines for Pryor's "Saturday Night Live" appearance,
co-wrote material on the groundbreaking "Live On Sunset," "Bicentennial
Nigger," and "Is It Something I Said" albums, as well as Pryor's film
"Jo Jo Dancer, You're Life Is Calling." As head writer for The Richard
Pryor Show, he was responsible for the national television debuts of
Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, Marsha Warfield, John Witherspoon, and
He wrote for the late Redd
Foxx's "Sanford and Son" series and was head writer for "Good Times".
Mooney was the head writer during
the first year of Fox's "In living Color," creating the hilarious "Homey
the Clown" skit, "Dial a Nigger" and the "Two
Toms." On "Saturday Night Live" he wrote Chevy Chase's
famous word association skit. He also wrote for Eddie Murphy and has
made appearances in Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle,"
"Bustin Loose" and
costarred with Damon Wayans in the Spike Lee film "Bamboozled."
came into his own with his controversial and critically acclaimed, debut
comedy album "Race," for which he received a GRAMMY nomination.
His album "Master Piece" continues to stir anger, laughter, and
thought. "I always drop in some history" he explains "It's knowledge.
There's always a message in my comedy and you may not get it that night
– it's like time bombs. It'll get you a week later. You'll understand."
Paul Mooney can be seen on Comedy Central's popular
"Chappelle's Show" in his "Ask a Black Dude" segment, as well as the character
Film credits include --
- Bamboozled (2000)
- In the Army Now (1994)
- Drowning by Numbers (1988)
- Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
- Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)
- Dance with a Stranger (1985)
- Bustin' Loose (1981)
- The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
- Which Way Is Up? (1977)
- F.T.A. (1972)
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