Paul Mooney on The Arsenio Hall Show

Black may not crack, but Paul Mooney, at 72, shows signs of wear and tear. On Monday night’s episode of Arsenio, he ambled onstage with a cane, and seemed to be in no sweet hurry to get anywhere anytime soon in his late-night TV performance.

Mooney joked that host Arsenio Hall still looked quite young, more than two decades after Hall’s previous TV show. “Look at Arsenio. It’s like time stood still,” Mooney quipped. “What kept him young was those white women.”

Mooney then started talking to audience members. TMZ reports that Mooney went 14 minutes deep, calling one male audience member a nigger and, well, of course he probably did. Paul Mooney, ladies and gentlemen. The video that made it to air and then YouTube is not even four minutes and cuts abruptly after Mooney is talking about a female audience member’s breasts — with Hall running back onstage to declare it a “new segment — Club Mooney!”

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