The Comedic Genius of Paul Mooney Spanned over multiple Decades

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

From the early ’70s to the early 2000s, Paul Mooney has been blessing the world with his comedy. Mooney has been part of some of the classic television shows ever to come out. Participating as a writer on shows such as Sanford and Son, Good Times, Saturday Night Live, In Living Color, and The Chappelle Show.

He gained recognition for assisting Richard Pryor with his writing on  Saturday Night Live, Live on the Sunset StripBicentennial Nigger, and Is It Something I Said albums, and Pryor’s film Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling. He was also the head writer for The Richard Pryor Show.

He has literally been involved or worked with almost every major comedian over the last 40 years. Beyond that, he was funny in his own right. On May 19th, 2021, Paul Mooney passed away from a heart attack in Oakland California. He was 79 years old. Instead of continuing to talk about his accomplishments, I rather show clips of what he did best; make us laugh. Our condolences, to his family and friends.

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