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Paul Mooney

Hurls N-Word at Audience Member

During Arsenio Taping

5/5/2014 8:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Legendary comic Paul Mooney got downright racial during a taping of the Arsenio Hall show Monday night ...  spitting the N-bomb at an audience member in a performance that's being hailed as "the most embarrassing, disrespectful standup bombing ever."

Mooney -- who famously appeared on "Chappelle's Show" and wrote for Richard Pryor -- was booked to do a short standup bit on Arsenio ... but rambled on for more than 14 minutes in a bizarre routine that touched on everything from "Roots" to Obama to his admiration of an audience member's giant breasts.

But things really went off the rails when Mooney turned his attention to a black guy in the audience who he called a "bald-headed n**ga."

One person who was there tells us ... the crowd was stunned -- and sat in awkward silence as Mooney tried to transition into different material.

We're told it appeared producers were scrambling to cut him off and end the segment -- but Paul ignored the cues and kept going until a crew member used the P.A. system to interrupt him ... and a staff member went on stage to tell him to wrap it up.

One audience member tweeted about the scene -- saying, "OMG! I just witnessed THE MOST EMBARASSING, Disrespectful "standup" BOMBING ever by Paul Mooney @arseniohall I wanted to walk out!"

Eventually, Arsenio jumped in and helped end the segment in a respectful manner.
update_graphic_red_barThe bit that made air was severely edited down, but you could see that Mooney was rambling and making almost no sense. It ends rather abruptly after about three minutes. Check it out below.

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61.

nana    

He can say it but you racist freaks CANT!

139 days ago
62.

pj    

Damn when does arsenic show come on. I keep forgetting he's back.

139 days ago
63.

all about the money    

Well good I hope the tide is changing. No one should use the N word NO ONE. The fact the audience reacted that way instead of giggling like school girls shows that not even a black man can get away with saying it. Now hopefully the momentum continues and even the music industry will start to turn a weary eye to its use.

139 days ago
64.

Matt Bright    

Paul Mooney is black.

139 days ago
65.

craig    

I never understood how anyone found this porch monkey funny...I am calling him a porch monkey because he's nothing but a hate spewing racist that once told a white friend of mine looking for an autogragh to walk away and he only wants to target *****Z".

139 days ago
66.

stacykeen    

He came to Toronto, my husband and I walked out 10 minutes in, he insulted us because we said we couldn't hear him, we found out a lot if people walked out after we did, the show sucked!!!

139 days ago
67.

zombie    

Gee, will people be demanding his head on a platter for this? Will his career suffer? Where is all the celebrity and political outrage over him using that word? Odd how Sterling never uttered that word and people are screaming for him to lose everything. Is Snoop Dogg wishing death on this man? Is Magic Johnson getting a group together to try and force him into selling whatever? Where are Obama's thoughts on this?

139 days ago
68.

msssangel    

How do you invite Paul Mooney to your show & then act surprised & appalled that he used the N word...Really?

139 days ago
69.

Jennifer    

Why is that so shocking? Every rap song uses it in every sentence.

139 days ago
70.

The Maharincess of Franistan    

Personally, I never found Paul Mooney to be very funny anyway.

139 days ago
71.

Trigga31    

I read a interesting study about black people and race. While they don't like to publicize it blacks by and large have a much lower iq than other races. The researchers believe it's because the blacks in America are the distant relatives of slaves. The slaves were captured by the stronger, smarter, faster blacks and sold to the white slave traders. They also included those prone to criminal behavior. Which help explain our nations ghettos and high prison population. The authors of the study then went to Africa to test their iqs in relation to their American counter parts. It was slightly higher but keep in mind they are still living in dirt huts and wiping their asses with their bare hands over there . So all you blacks should be thanking you lucky stars that your forefathers were slaves so you could have a better life

139 days ago
72.

Whocatea123     

I guess blacks are racist against one another .... Lol

139 days ago
73.

in your dreams    

That's one ugly one that for sure.

139 days ago
74.

fu78    

THIS IS PAUL MOONEY EVERYBODY, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? IF YOU SEE HIS STAND UP COMEDY SPECIAL ON HBO YOU SHOULD EXPECT $#@! COMING OUT FROM HIS MOUTH!!!!

139 days ago
75.

Passthepeas    

This stupid,insignificant, boring filth mooney is just as racist as a Manheim township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania teaparty redneck.

139 days ago
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