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About Paul Mooney

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."

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," he created the characters Homey the Clown, and the brothers Tom and Tom. He also co-starred with Damon Wayans, Tommy Davidson and... Read More »
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."

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," he created the characters Homey the Clown, and the brothers Tom and Tom. He also co-starred with Damon Wayans, Tommy Davidson and Jada Pinkett-Smith in the Spike Lee film "Bamboozled."

Paul Mooney came into his own with his controversial debut album "Race." Mooney's new album "Master Piece" continues to stir anger, laughter, and thought. "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." He recently released his first DVD, "Analyzing White America."

Currently, 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."