After comedian Paul Mooney’s death earlier this week, people have been commenting on the legendary career of the writer of several iconic television shows, including The Richard Pryor Show, Pryor’s Place, Saturday Night Live, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and In Living Color.
“I want to shout out every comedian on Earth, one of the best that ever did it, paved the way today, his legacy will live forever. He did everything from Richard Pryor Show to Chappelle’s Show, he’s one of the first Black people ever in the Writer’s Guild. Paul Mooney will be sorely missed and wildly remembered. I’ll see to that.”
Other prominent people in the entertainment world took to social media to acknowledge the greatness of the comedian, who succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 79..
#PaulMooney, the comedic genius that fueled Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy made his transition to a holy place this morning. We will miss you, Homie. We will forever speak your name. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/IrNADkC2GO
— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) May 19, 2021
Paul Mooney. Thank you for always keeping it real. #RIP
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— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) May 19, 2021
— PUBLIC ENEMY (@PublicEnemyFTP) May 19, 2021
I wasn’t at peace last night, and I usually get that feeling before someone is about to pass away. #PaulMooney was a friend and uncle figure, and I’m really sad he died. Here are some of the things he told me: https://t.co/q825C39oku pic.twitter.com/pn3BtuHE1h
— Rickey Smiley (@RickeySmiley) May 19, 2021
— Eddie Griffin (@EddieGriffinCom) May 19, 2021
Paul Mooney was one of the great American comedy icons. Genius. RIP https://t.co/8hKbdEoEPZ
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) May 19, 2021
I was lucky enough to open for Paul Mooney several times. It was a master class. It was like a Malcolm X speech that had been punched up by Redd Foxx. & then in the middle of everything he’d go off on a tangent about Jane Fonda. He was 1 of the greats. Rest in Peace, Mr. Mooney.
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) May 19, 2021
Paul Mooney. Woah. My dude. Inspector Caine? Man. RIP pic.twitter.com/Mu3geKfqvp
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) May 19, 2021
— Jenifer Lewis (@JeniferLewis) May 19, 2021