A story was released by Rolling Out.com claiming that Paul Mooney is battling prostate cancer and in very bad shape.
The article goes on to say that Mooney has been battling stage four prostate cancer for well over a year and now it has taken a visible toll on his body. His mobility is limited to a wheelchair and cane. But Mooney hid it well; he continues to do his stand-up comedy routine. His brother Rudy, has assisted his mobility for his shows.
“I’ve been with Paul since the start of this thing,” stated Rudy Mooney to Rolling Out in an interview. Despite his health situation, Paul Mooney is still traveling all over the country, from coast to coast and even Canada.
Although the younger generation might not be aware of Mooney’s genius, it’s likely that Mooney has written for your favorite show. His career spans over four decades and includes writing credits for shows such as “Chappelle’s Show,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “In Living Color,” “Pryor’s Place,” “The Richard Pryor Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Good Times” and “Sanford and Son” among others.
Like many comedians, Mooney seems to be using comedy as remedy or distraction from the possible pain and stress of dealing with a chronic disease. Comedians Richard Pryor and Bernie Mac dealt with chronic illnesses in silence while continuing their careers.
Recently while appearing on the “Arsenio Hall Show,” Paul Mooney was shown in medical distress. Those who know him were saddened to see his performance. Mooney walks out with a cane and takes his chair. He then begins his routine and loses his way several times. Earlier this week, TMZ reported that his performance on the show caused several members of the audience to become uncomfortable.