Thursday, March 29th, 2007 at 7:16 am
Dave Chappelle hasn’t totally given up on television. He’s hooking up with comedian Paul Mooney, who was on his “Chappelle Show” as Negrodamus, for a pilot for an HBO show called “Judge Mooney.” The show will have Mooney reenacting actual court cases that have already been decided but in a Paul Mooney style.
"Whatever I say goes,” Mooney told the L.A. Daily News. “I’ve also got a little dog that sits on my judge’s desk, and I ask the little dog’s opinion. If the dog barks, I say, ‘Well, the dog says you have to go.’ It’s real crazy."
Mooney recently made headlines after he announced that he will no longer use the ‘N-word’ in his stand-up performances. Even though he used to work with Richard Pryor and used the word freely, things have changed.
"Using the word, we were trying to defuse it, trying to desensitize people to it … take the power out of it," Mooney said. "But the word is an equal-opportunity word now, with Latin kids and white kids saying it, and what it conjures up is all these demons. I watched the Michael Richards meltdown over and over, and I had an ‘N’-exorcism. And I don’t care how you spell it, with an ‘a’ or an ‘er,’ if you sauté or barbecue a goat, it’s still a goat. But I was married to the word then — now I’m divorced from the word."