Interview: Paul Mooney Talks the 2012 Presidential Election, Mitt Romney’s Face, and Washington D.C.


Paul Mooney has never been one to bite his tongue. The legendary comedian, actor, author, and social analyst got his first break writing for Richard Pryor. He helped pen Pryor’s Is It Something I SaidBicentennial Nigger, and Live on the Sunset Strip albums. In addition to writing for programs like Sanford and Son, Mooney served as the head writer for The Richard Pryor Show, where he helped launch the careers of actors like Robin WilliamsJohn Witherspoon and Sandra Bernhard.  Mooney was also the head writer during the first season of the groundbreaking In Living Color, where he fathered characters like the wonderfully volatile Homey D. Clown. He’s probably best known to younger generations for his unforgettable appearances on Chappelle’s Show. This month, he’ll be performing at D.C.’s Howard Theatre and New York’s B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, in all of his unfiltered splendor thanks to Jill Newman Productions in association with PM7 Entertainment.  Mooney talked to Complex about the 2012 presidential election, why people can’t handle the truth and, of course, race. As expected, he’s articulate, unapologetic, and brilliant. READ MORE