Comedian Paul Mooney Has Died at 79 Comedian Paul Mooney, former writer for comic Richard Pryor has died at the age of 79. According to his cousin he suffered a heart attack in his home. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana as Paul Gladney. He wrote for many iconic shows like SNL, Sanford & Son, Good Times, Living Color and Chappelle Show to name a few. What is your favorite Paul Mooney sketch or joke?
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 27, 2006 file picture, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, right, with Rev. Jesse Jackson, second from right, applauds comedian Paul Mooney, second from left, who agreed to stop using the N-word in his act during a news conference in Los Angeles. His announcement was in response to comedian Michael Richards' tirade at a Los Angeles comedy club. The N-word is no ordinary one. It is the essence of black pain, yet many African-Americans use it with pride, like a hard-won privilege. The epithet is undeniably racist and there have been widespread efforts to eliminate it from the black vernacular, yet it refuses to die. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)