~post by Steve(n)
If you are even the slightest bit geeky or obsessive about comedy, then you have probably found yourself at some point in your life wondering why exactly it was that maverick comedian Richard Pryor set himself on fire and ran screaming through the California suburbs in 1980. It may surprise you to learn that this was actually the most gracious and least obtrusive way for him to extricate himself from a directionless and interminable conversation with Flippo and Steven, the heretical hosts of the Stand Up Sit Down Book Club. In this same brazen tradition of blazing new trails and burning old icons, join those sultans of silliness – the Stand Up Sit Down Book Club – this Monday March 24th at 7PM in BookPeople’s flame retardant cafe to discuss Black Is the New White by Paul Mooney.
Recently distinguished by appearances on Chapelle’s Show and Judge Mooney, Paul Mooney’s comedy credentials reach back into the distant reaches of memory when he accompanied Jane Fonda to Vietnam on her notorious FTA comedy-protest tour. As Richard Pryor’s closest friend and head writer, Paul Mooney was just removed from superstar status in the 70s. Eddie Murphy even insisted that Paul Mooney open for him on his infamous Eddie Murphy Raw tour because, “When you have Paul Mooney in front of you, you have to be on the top of your game when you come out to perform. You can’t slack if Mooney is the opening act.” All of this acclaim is enough to inspire more than a little curiosity. Why isn’t “Paul Mooney” a household name? What underhanded show business practices prevent some comedians from succeeding while bolstering the careers of others? A third question?
Paul Mooney’s Black Is the New White details his rise from a rural Louisiana joker to the prince of black Hollywood. He reveals the frustration and joy of his life with the late Richard Pryor, and he openly discusses the struggles of African-American comedians in a profession that is still largely ensconced in institutional racism.
Boogie down to BookPeople on Monday March 24th at 7PM to chillax and chat about Black Is the New White in the cafe with the Stand Up Sit Down Book Club. Only then can we come together as one people to publicly condemn the abhorrent neologism “chillax.”
The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club meets on the last Monday of every month at 7PM in the BookPeople Cafe. Join them on Monday to discuss Black is the New White by Paul Mooney. Next month, they’ll be discussing War for Late Night by Bill Carter on Mon, Apr 28 at 7PM. Bonus: Book Club selections are 10% off for those who attend the discussion!