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  • Actors: Paul Mooney, Sandra Bernhard, Gabriel Casseus, Joyce Coleman, Mark Curry
  • Directors: Bart Phillips
  • Writers: Paul Mooney
  • Producers: Bart Phillips, Adrian Sosebee, D'Angela Steed, Helene Shaw, Malik Levy
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KGGZV2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Few comedians can stir up controversy like the legendary Paul Mooney -- writer for Richard Pryor, creator of In Living Color's Homey the Clown and featured guest on Chappelle's Show. With his characteristic brutal honesty, Mooney passionately and hysterically charges into the electrified currents of racial tension. In this magnificent standup performance at Hollywood's Laugh Factory, Mooney earns a standing ovation with his relentless no-holds-barred observations on black history, stereotypes and prejudices, living in White America, celebrity divas and much, much more!

Customer Reviews

Paul Mooney is a wonderful comedian.
Mitchell
It will hit you in the gut the way the best comedy does, laughing so that your face muscles hurt and you can't hardly make a sound.
DB
He does everyone, even the Africans.
C. Scanlon

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stonecoldmark on February 22, 2007
Format: DVD
I am a new fan. I never heard of Paul Mooney until he started showing up on Chappeles' Show, and Howard Stern. I immediately became a fan. Edgy and loaded with great observations about race in America, this DVD hits the mark. I am white and am no way offended by what he says. I think there are severe differences with color and enjoy someone that does not hide behind the PC police to cover that up.

If I have one complaint it's the fact that the stand up routine is often times interrupted with other comics telling us, the viewer, what a genius Paul Mooney is. I don't know why they would produce it like that. I would rather just have the routine uncut. I could care less what Sandra Bernhard has to say about him.

Mooney has a great way to tell stories that are funny, but make you think. I like the fact that it's not all white people dance funny jokes. He dishes it out to his own people as well. I have always been a big fan of humor that is also topical and means something, I have been a Carlin fan for years and I like Lewis Black. Discovering Paul Mooney has made me enjoy Stand-Up Comedy again.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on February 9, 2007
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If this was an early sixties new vinyl record by Bill Cosby, I'd have worn it out last night. If this was a video tape, it would be shredded by now. As soon as it came in the mail yesterday I slipped it into the box
and ran it, over and over all night. It is that good. He is that bad.

Hear it. Hear it deep. Like a blues song he keeps coming back to one bass run underneath it all: "We have all gone crazy. We have to come home to Christ. It is all over." Like a proud, good, strong country preacher, like an old jazz song, Mr. Mooney returns to his hook, his chorus line to repeat: "We have all gone stone crazy. We have got to come home to Christ. It is all over." Mr. Mooney knows how to hold his audience, like a strong preacher or teacher (even though he has a lot of interesting and horrible and scary things to say about teachers here). Mr. Mooney keeps asking the audience easy questions that everyone knows the answer to, and which he too must know, as an intelligent and a wise man; but he pulls the audience in and keeps it engaged seeking his approval and recognition by asking it easy questions, such as the name of the white boy who ripped open Janet Jackson's blouse at the Superbowl. Mr. Mooney points out Justin wanted to dance black and sing black, but after exposing Ms. Jackson he quickly turned white again and blamed the victim. "I'm appalled!" This is rich, and very funny and in the middle of a great Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson DIVA bit. By the way he declares Michael innocent though "X-Files" in a strong and a reasonable way, as that man does not even take off his gloves.

Towards the climax of his preaching, Mr. Mooney turns towards the Scientologists in every way he can reach them, as revenge for South Park's silencing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DB on February 21, 2007
Format: DVD
I am very offended that the producers felt I was too stupid to appreciate Mr. Mooney's comedy act on it's own, instead feeling the need to stop his act, and insert interview clips of Sandra Bernhard explaining his jokes. If you truly either 'get it or you dont', as she says, then why do you need to have his act interrupted by an interview with her for 15 seconds while she explains the jokes to you?

The most egregious example is during his joke about the holocaust and lottery numbers. Yeah, that joke would offend a lot of people. On the other hand I once knew a Jewish Israeli guy who told me a lot worse jokes than that. So why does Sandra have to explain it? Do you think 50 year old grandma's are renting this DVD in Sheboygan and will suddenly go 'oh, ok, ha ha, now i can laugh!' after Sandra gives the OK? If the producers felt this material was wrong, why did they make the DVD? If they want to explore the nature of offensiveness in comedy, put it in a separate debate section at the end. But please, not in the middle!

Other than that, this DVD was great. It had me laughing really, really hard. He is definitely unique and undergroundish. Not the Comedy Central type of underground .... I mean he makes fun of power and the powerful. It will hit you in the gut the way the best comedy does, laughing so that your face muscles hurt and you can't hardly make a sound. He is a true professional.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Vera on April 24, 2007
Format: DVD
Paul Mooney is the best. Know your History is nothing short of amazing! He talks about racial issues and is dead on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jamaal Cannon on March 8, 2007
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He does it again with his standup--a must buy for blacks and whites, and any other race who wants to know the truth in an in your face way. He is the best standup of his generation that is still alive. Get this and the "Analyzing White America"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ty Barrett on April 7, 2007
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Here, one of this countries greatest unsung comedian/writer/socially and politically conscious commentators, shows us the vast perspective that is uniquely Paul Mooney. Bold, unapologetic,wickedly humorous and intellegently delivered, this is the definitive Mooney which shows the comedic genious at his candid best. Don't be alarmed, this is not simple militantcy, but brazen, in your face, un-compromising honesty and humor! Whether you agree with the views of Paul Mooney or not, this particular dvd showcases the pioneering talent that is typical of today's black comic,un-flinching and harsh, but oh so funny as hell. Make no mistake about it, this is not your grandfather's comedy....and Paul Mooney along with his friend Richard Pryor, helped to open the very doors that made this possible. For those of you searching for that 1 dvd typical of Paul at his unapologetic best, this is the one.
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