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.
Paul Mooney 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 think funny.”
Like 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 Tim Reid.
He wrote for the late Redd Foxx’s “Sanford and Son” series and was head writer for “Good Times”.
Paul 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.”
Paul Mooney 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 â 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 “Negrodamus.”