The Godfather of Comdey

An American story from bottom to top, Paul Mooney.

Mr. Paul Mooney was born in  Shreveport 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 thought were funny.”
Mooney’s 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. 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. As head writer during the first year of FOX’s In Living Color, also debuting the young Jim Carey, he also created the characters “Homey the Clown,” and the brothers “Tom and Tom,” to name a few. He co-starred with Damon Wayans and Jada Pinkett-Smith in the Spike Lee film Bamboozled. He’s presently on Showtime, premiering his latest Live Taping entitled, “The Godfather Of Comedy, Paul Mooney”.


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Candid and personal photos through out career.

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