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”.
Paul Mooney came into his own with his controversial debut album Race. Masterpiece continues to stir anger, laughter, and thought. His latest DVD’s, Analyzing White America, Know Your History, It’s the End of the World and the Showtime special “The Godfather of Comedy…Mr. Paul Mooney”
A word from Mooney…
“I always drop 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.”…
To date ..Paul took to the comedy club tour schedule 2007-2013 with his friend, the late great Dick Gregory and some intermittent dates with funny ladies Marsha Warfield ,Melanie Camacho, Luenell and a variety of others…In 2014, Paul retuned back to filming, starring in “Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism “ and a comedic cameo in the 2016 hit comedy “Meet the Blacks”Klansman
Then In 2017, Paul proceeded in creating a traveling variety show entitled “Paul Mooney presents” embarking on a national statewide tour teamed up with selected comedy greats and up and coming tested comics -“Mooney Presents” has made ten stops prior to the 2020 world pandemic and is now home side considering a network reality series or showcase in lieu of the road. Paul spends most of his time with family and friends and enjoys his fan base on-line.
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