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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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106.

Tess Tuckles    

White people walk out of his shows all the damn time. He should be on Seinfelds new show with the car. That would be hi-larious

133 days ago
107.

char    

i thought it was ok for a black person to call another black the n word. its only when white people do it that they cry foul.

133 days ago
108.

All True Podcast    

Paul Mooney is one of the most influential American comedians: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVvuOPhppyw

131 days ago
109.

FREEDOM    

HE IS WHAT HE SAYS .

107 days ago
110.

FREEDOM    

NN-II-GG-GG-EE-RR, I AM A RACIST FOR SPELLING THE WORD.

107 days ago
111.

lojayejay    

what is all the fuss...HE DID STANDUP...ok...you didn't like it....ok...don't buy the tape!
ALWAYS A FAN PAUL!

69 days ago
112.

Schokolade    

Paul Mooney ALWAYS says the N-Word. Watch any of his skits on YouTube. Every other word is "*****" and race jokes, that's his schtick and apparently has been for years.

47 days ago
113.

Salli    

Guys, Paul Mooney is an ironist. His comedy is in the mold of Don Rickles and other insult comics but addressing the subject of race. He's not expressing his personal feelings, he's pushing the envelope in pursuit of a particular kind of humor that taps into deep-seated fears and biases. He pulls it out and lays it bare and we laugh with embarrassment.

14 days ago
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