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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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vroomvroom    

Is there a reason why this is a trend?
Like stop already it's getting old...ppl need to be a little more creative...if I'm mad at a white person I won't call them pig or cracker....I'll find what's wrong with them physically or something....

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goaway    

Poor guy! What a knucklehead.

150 days ago
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john flynn    

O K This is going to be interesting Michael Richards used the rotten word and paid a price will this get the same treatment.Most likely not double standard.

150 days ago
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RadioNinja7    

Paul Mooney has never been funny. He is a frustrated old man full of hate. Not surprised by this.

150 days ago
5.

Matt m    

Take everything that dude has shut him down like they are trying to do to the clippers owner. Maybe even execute him

150 days ago
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j.j.buff    

I wonder if fat head sharpton or Jackson will step up and put this clown in his place.....I'm not holding my breath though

150 days ago
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Franc    

All props to Arsenio for giving this goof a shot, and boo to Paul for blowing it. No class.

150 days ago
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RY    

Looked him up and on his Wikipedia page it says the following: "Much of Mooney's material is based on the subject of racism in the United States which disturbs some audience members. Such incidents can be heard on Mooney's comedy albums Race and Master Piece and seen in his DVD Know Your History: Jesus Is Black; So Was Cleopatra." .... so, they were expecting something different??

150 days ago
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Truth    

Wait. A black man can't say n i g g a now? You Race Mafia types are insane.

150 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Nice fake outrage tmz

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Truth    

I don't know who books Paul Mooney and expects him to not talk about race. That has been his act for decades. I thought you Race Mafia types wanted a "conversation on race" anyway?

150 days ago
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Jackie    

Oh i thought it was ok for Negros to us the N-word. ha ha...lets see how this goes.

150 days ago
13.

DingleBerry    

Paul Mooney just died on Arsenio Hall's show.... Hopefully he RIP's.... Paging Michael Richards it's time for some payback.... Too bad he didn't add some Donald Sterling in there.

150 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

I knew that baited hook would be back in these waters soon

150 days ago
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Jay W.     

Mooney's schtick has always been offensive. Nothing new.

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