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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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76.

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!!!!

81 days ago
77.

Passthepeas    

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

81 days ago
78.

Netty    

Wow he says that and i don't hear an uproar? Figures! SMH oh i forgot, he can say that because hes black. Thats ****en bull ****, i dnt give a shot what anyone says. Any derogatory word should not be said any ANYONE.

81 days ago
79.

Tom Liebengood    

Stoned on something!

81 days ago
80.

Kevin    

looks like people were laughing and having a good time to me....whats the issue again?

81 days ago
81.

jewelgrl    

That was just sad.

81 days ago
82.

Bob Houston    

There was nothing wrong with what Mooney said. if you're black you totally understand where he was coming from. The segment was not meant for white folk it was a message for black folks.

As an African American I loved it!

81 days ago
83.

sueu    

He was trying to be funny but not all things are funny

81 days ago
84.

Havin' It Both Ways    

I wonder if they'll make him sell his NBA franchise now.

81 days ago
85.

dlj2    

Paul Mooney is Paul Mooney, I saw nothing different than how he has always been.

81 days ago
86.

Lynn    

I thought something was weird about the piece last night. They should have cut it out completely because what they did show, was not funny at all. I was waiting for the punch line and it never happened. Very awkward.

81 days ago
87.

Rome    

In other news....

Paul Mooney is still Paul Mooney. Just older and using a cane now.

81 days ago
88.

kaya ali    

paul mooney is a comedic genius that most white people and even some back people will never get. he speak on deeeeeep issues of race. not just that PC stuff that makes you cry at the movies and has white people going out and adopting black babies so they can "do their part". but the stuff that makes you cringe, the stuff that makes you want to look away, that stuff your afraid of, that truth. he's lived through some of the worst times in this countries history and his performance encompasses that. the changes, or lack there of, from jim crow thru today.

paul mooney never has and never will be "trendy" as you say. trendy is some new generation ish that allows any tom, dick and ignorant fool to be famous without having to have a single once of real talent. paul mooney speak truth to those who can hear it. he makes us laugh when we would have cried. his "fame" comes from connecting with folks on a that level. not entertaining them. if you go to see paul mooney because you want to be entertained, you'll have wasted your $$.

ps: he was recently hospitalized so no wonder he's moving slow.

81 days ago
89.

Mylesg1987    

Wow I bet if he was white and said that he would have been thrown out of the studio.

81 days ago
90.

Safire    

Paul mooney is awesome!!

81 days ago
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