On Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central, Mooney played the recurring character Negrodamus.
Paul Mooney, the comedian, actor and writer, died Wednesday morning, his representative Cassandra Williams confirmed to Variety. He was 79 years old.
He died at his home in Oakland, California, after suffering a heart attack.
Mooney’s Twitter account also shared the news Wednesday morning, posting “Thank you all from the bottom of all our hearts … To all those in love with this great man.”
Mooney served as the lead writer for “The Richard Pryor Show” and co-wrote some of Pryor’s material on several of his comedy albums and his “Saturday Night Live” sketches. Mooney also wrote for “Sanford and Son,” “Good Times,” “In Living Color,” “Pryor’s Place,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Chappelle’s Show,” and the BET reality television parody show “Real Husbands. of Hollywood “.
In addition to his comedy, Mooney appeared in such films as “The Buddy Holly Story,” where he played Sam Cooke, “Bustin ‘Loose,” “Hollywood Shuffle,” Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled,” and most recently, “Meet the Blacks.” . ”In 2016.
On Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central, Mooney played the recurring character Negrodamus, a black version of the philosopher Nostradamus who specialized in answering questions like “Why do whites love Wayne Brady so much?” (Answer: “Because Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X”).
Much of Mooney’s stand-up footage focused on race. His sets at the 2005 BET Comedy Awards and the 2006 BET tribute to Black History Month attracted celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Oprah Winfrey, Lil ‘Kim, Diana Ross, Flavor Flav, Terrell Owens and more.
In 2007, he published a memoir titled “Black Is the New White”, in which he talks about his relationship with Pryor and some of his most iconic and controversial comedy sets.