Paul Mooney (August 4, 1941 – May 19, 2021) was a comic legend who wrote for Chappelle’s Show, In Living Color, The Richard Pryor Show, Saturday Night Live, Good Times, and Stanford and Son. He played Sam Cooke in The Buddy Holly Story. His first comedy album, Race, was nominated for a Grammy, and he appeared in his own comedy special, Know Your History: Jesus Was Black…So Was Cleopatra. He performed stand-up comedy to sold-out crowds around the country (photo credit: Timothy M. Moore, CC BY 3.0)
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