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Paul Mooney Biography

Paul Gladney (born August 4, 1941), better known by the stage name Paul Mooney, is an American comedian, writer, social critic, television and film actor. He was also featured on one of truTV's reality shows, Ma's Roadhouse.

Mooney was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and moved to Oakland, California seven years later. His parents are George Gladney and LaVoya Ealy. Mooney was raised primarily by his grandmother Aimay Ealy, known among the family as "Mama." Mama coined the nickname Mooney, but never explained to him the meaning or inspiration of the name.

Mooney became a ringmaster with the Gatti-Charles Circus. During his stint as ringmaster, he always found himself writing comedy and telling jokes, which would later help Mooney land his first professional work as a writer for Richard Pryor.

Mooney wrote some of Richard Pryor's routines for his appearance on Saturday Night Live, co-wrote his material for the Live on the Sunset Strip, Bicentennial Nigger, and Is It Something I Said albums, and Pryor's film Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling. As the head writer for The Richard Pryor Show, he gave many young stand-up comics, such as Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, Marsha Warfield, John Witherspoon, and Tim Reid, their first break into show business.

Paul Mooney comedy specials

  • Paul Mooney: The Godfather of Comedy Paul Mooney The Godfather of Comedy Filmed at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The DVD was released on February 3rd, 2012.
  • Paul Mooney: It's The End of the World (2010)Paul MooneyIt's the End of the World Filmed at The Lodge in Dallas, Texas. The DVD was released in 2010.
  • Paul Mooney: Know Your History - Jesus Was Black and So Was Cleopatra (2007)Paul MooneyKnow Your History: Jesus was... Filmed at The Laugh Factory in Manhattan, New York. The DVD was released on February 6th, 2007.
  • Paul Mooney: Analyzing White America (2006)Paul MooneyAnalyzing White America The DVD was released on March 21st, 2006.

Paul Mooney jokes, Quotes and One Liners

Why we all gotta be blind? Why do they have to mess up the black man in the future? We all gotta look like Ray Charles. Why is that? And the other brother looks like his mother slept with a turtle.

I went to see 'Free Willy.' Have you seen their latest film? White people -- there's something wrong with them. And so dramatic: 'Willy! Come on you! Willy can make it! Jump, Willy, jump! Your belly's white; you can make it! Willy!' Obsessed with this whale. I don't give a damn about no Willy. I ruined the whole premiere. I stood up and said, 'I want my freedom! I don't care about no whale!'

He's black. If you were on a bus, you'd miss your stop looking at him. Come on, that brother's dark. If he was on your motorbike, the police would stop you and give you a ticket for tinted windows. That brother's black -- Wesley's black! He would leave handprints on coal.

You're telling me that when I'm a slave, I can be in your house, but now I'm free, 'I don't want you in this neighborhood.' So, you're saying if slavery came back tomorrow, you'll just say, 'Welcome home'?

There were so many jobs when they owned us. Now that we're free, 'I'm sorry, there are no jobs.'

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