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Paul Mooney stars in "DTLA," a drama series on Logo, as Silas.

Paul Mooney is a comedian, social critic, television and film actor. His tremendous contributions to comedy via performances in film, television, and legit venues — coupled with stints as a writer to shows such as "Chappelle," "In Living Color," "The Richard Pryor Show" and "Saturday Night Live" — cemented him as one of the most prolific comedic voices of our generation.

Mooney was born in Louisiana and grew up in Oakland, California. As a youth, he literally ran away from home and joined the Charles Gody Circus, going down in history as the first African-American ringmaster. He was always writing comedy. He says "When I was Ringmaster, I was doing jokes I thought were funny."

Mooney's first professional gig in comedy was with Richard Pryor. He wrote most of the hilarious routines for Pryor's "Saturday Night Live" appearance, co-wrote material on the groundbreaking "Live on Sunset," "Bicentennial N*gger" and "Is It Something I Said" albums, as well as Pryor's film "Jo Jo Dancer." As head writer for the "Richard Pryor" show, Mooney was responsible for the national television debuts of Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, Marsha Warfield, John Witherspoon and Tim Reid. As head writer during the first year of FOX's "In Living Color," starring a young Jim Carrey, Mooney also created the characters Homey the Clown, and the brothers Tom and Tom, to name a few. He co-starred with Damon Wayans and Jada Pinkett-Smith in the Spike Lee film "Bamboozled." He's presently on Showtime, premiering his latest "Live Taping" entitled, "Paul Mooney: The Godfather of Comedy."

Mooney came into his own with his controversial debut album "Race & Masterpiece" continues to stir anger, laughter and thought. DVDs include "Analyzing White America," "Know Your History" and "It's the End of the World."

Mooney recently toured around the country and the world. His best-selling and extremely candid memoir, "Black is the New White" via Simon & Schuster, is being adapted into a motion picture.

"I always drop history," he explains. "It's knowledge; There's always a message in my comedy, and you may not get it that night — it's like time bombs. It'll get you a week later. You'll understand."


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Age: 75 years old
Birthday: August 4, 1941
Height: 6' 0 ½"
Full Name / Real Name: Paul Gladney
Birthplace: Louisiana
Hometown: Oakland, CA

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