In the 60's and 70's, Paul Mooney and Richard Pryor opened doors for black comedians in America by pushing the comedy envelope all the way to the edge. When Pryor dropped his "Bill Cosby routine" and broke out the racially-charged material he's known for today, Mooney's laughter backed up him from the audience. Mooney went on to write for "Sanford And Son," "Saturday Night Live," and "In Living Color," among other shows and films, and his appearances on "Chappelle's Show" were some of the most memorable sketches. He also recently published a memoir, "Black Is The New White," which is a must-read for any comedy nerd.
We recently got to sit down with Mooney at Caroline's, where he will be performing May 27-31st, and hear his thoughts on Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, meeting Obama in Harlem, and working with Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle. We also have to thank him for pointing us to this uncanny sketch from the short-lived "Richard Pryor Show" where Richard portrays the "first black president" over 30 years before Obama is elected.