A giant. Paul Mooney will be sorely missed and wildly remembered. I recall listening to his RACE album in college and how formative it was. According to his cousin Rudy Ealy, Mooney’s health had been deteriorating for some time. Kamau Bell, and Lil Rel Howery to filmmaker Ava DuVernay and actress Viola Davis. RIP pic.twitter.com/d6JTvcV9gy— Neal Brennan (@nealbrennan) May 19, 2021

PAUL MOONEY IS A COMEDY GOD B— THE KID MERO 🇩🇴 (@THEKIDMERO) May 19, 2021

RIP Paul Mooney. RIP to the legendary #paulmooney. See how Hollywood is honoring the life and legacy of Paul Mooney with anecdotes, praise, and his own words below. It was an honor to be a back of the room student for his late night master classes when I was a doorman back in the day.— marc maron (@marcmaron) May 19, 2021

I was lucky enough to open for Paul Mooney several times. Rest, sir.— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 19, 2021

Awww…. So happy to have witnessed your genius live. He spoke freely and fearlessly about feelings and experiences others found difficult to express. I’ll see to that.”

Remembered for his comedy demolishing boundaries of political correctness, his fearlessness inspired generations of Black entertainers, from comedians like the Kid Mero, W. When I saw him live for the first time, I realized he was the kind of comic I wanted to be. & then in the middle of everything he’d go off on a tangent about Jane Fonda. It was a master class. But more so, the freedom. It was like a Malcolm X speech that had been punched up by Redd Foxx. May he be truly free now. paul mooney • #restinpeace pic.twitter.com/NPt6VUpj4j— MAXWELL (@_MAXWELL_) May 19, 2021

I am saddened to hear about the passing of one of my favorite comedians who always said what he wanted and was so proud to be Black and never sold out to achieve greatness. Mooney.— W. The writer, actor, and comic died on Wednesday, May 19, at 5:30 a.m., due to a heart attack. Mooney had a groundbreaking career writing for comedian Richard Pryor, on Sanford and Son, Good Times, In Living Color, and on Chappelle Show, where he also appeared in sketches like the infamous “Negrodamus.” “It’s a tough one,” Chappelle told TMZ of the loss. RIP comedy legend Paul Mooney! He was 1 of the greats. A comedy giant. His perspective was powerful, his logic keen, and his honesty was always political. MOONEY. Pour down some laughter here. Whites walked out & I learned that was ok because your art didn’t have to be for everyone.— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) May 19, 2021

I remember, as a little kid, my dad showing me Paul Mooney’s stand up for the first time and I was just blown away. His comedy intellect, and humor was so profound✊🏾✊🏾❤️🖤💚🌹🌹 pic.twitter.com/iPrSMlY5Si— Stephanie Mills (@PrettyMill1) May 19, 2021

Paul Mooney is one of the best, if not the best, comic I’ve ever seen. Rest in Peace, Mr. We need it 💗💗💗 pic.twitter.com/cr6MqY3UXA— Viola Davis (@violadavis) May 19, 2021

Rest easy legend https://t.co/ya8Z6LYif8— the lucas bros (@lucasbros) May 19, 2021

RIP the great Paul Mooney. My dad said, “Now THIS is comedy.” and he was right.— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) May 19, 2021

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Paul Mooney. “I want to shout out every comedian on Earth, the best who ever did it, paved the way today, his legacy will live forever. He spoke about racism bluntly, honestly & without fear. Saw him do 3 hours of standup at @dcimprov in 2003 & it changed my life. Yeah, the jokes. Paul Mooney. You were both funny and poignant. He did everything from Richard Pryor Show to Chappelle’s Show. He’s one of the first Black people ever in the Writers Guild. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives

The entertainment world honors a legend today, celebrating the life of comedian Paul Mooney. My ribs were sore from laughing. Rest well!!! Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) May 19, 2021

rest in peace Paul Mooney— Open Mike Eagle (@Mike_Eagle) May 19, 2021

First time at Roscoe's on Pico, I saw Paul Mooney in a candy red Cadillac, leather interior, waiting for take out and holding court.I turned to my friend and said "This is the Blackest shit that will ever happen." Mooney replied, "Yes, nigga, it is."And it was.RIP legend https://t.co/qbzlOJ811u— Phillip Atiba Goff (@DrPhilGoff) May 19, 2021

you could never be muted we will miss you mr. https://t.co/mAo5r977uu— Guy Branum (@guybranum) May 19, 2021

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