Comic Paul Mooney has died aged 79 | Leisure

Paul Mooney died at the age of 79.

The legendary comedian, best known as the writer for “The Richard Pryor Show”, “The Rosanne Show” and “Saturday Night Live” died on Wednesday (May 19, 21) at his home in Oakland, California after a heart attack.

His publicist Cassandra Williams said in a statement: “Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him after suffering a heart attack. He was staying with a family member who was a caregiver.”

And his daughter Spring Mooney also confirmed her father’s death on Twitter.

She wrote, “Give me a moment. My best friend just died and my world is SHOOK forever !!! I really can’t put my feelings into words right now. I know that I love this man and that I am broken. (sic) ”

Paul was famous for starring Sam Cooke in “The Buddy Holly Story” in 1978 and Junebug in Spike Lee’s acclaimed 2000 comedy “Bamboozled”.

The actor and comedian also played roles in Dave Chappelle’s hit ‘Chappelle’s Show’.

And after the news of his death, many stars have already used social media to honor his memory.

Viola Davis wrote, “Awww … RIP comedy legend Paul Mooney! You were both fun and poignant. So happy to see your genius live.”

While director Ava DuVernay wrote, “Paul Mooney. A comedy giant. I remember listening to his RACE album in college and how formative it was. Yes, the jokes. But more than that, the freedom. He spoke freely and fearless about feelings and experiences others found it difficult to express. May he really be free now. Take a rest, sir. (sic) “

Comic Chris Fonseca returning to Colorado Springs stage | Arts & Leisure

It’s been six years since comedian Chris “Crazy Legs” Fonseca performed at Loonees Comedy Corner, the stage on which his nearly four decades long career began.

“Loonees is home,” said Fonseca, who lives in Westminster. “USA Today wrote an article in the 1990s and the picture in the article was on the Loonees stage.”

In the half-dozen years since he first appeared as Loonees, the father of five has become a grandfather. opened for longtime friend comedian Dave Chappelle in Austin, Texas; recorded a comedy album (“Of Mics and Men”); started a podcast (“My heroes have always been good looks”); and wrote a biography titled “Papa, Where Are Jokes Coming From?” due out in September.

He will be with Loonees on Wednesday. Ron Ferguson and Jimmy Abeyta will open the show.

“I will be 40 years old in 2024,” said Fonseca. “It’s kind of funny to me because I’m known in the comedy community, but I wasn’t exactly a household name. I totally agree with that. I am very grateful for the opportunity. I am proud of the things that I have achieved. “

How it should be. The Fort Morgan-raised artist has written material for Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld, opened for Chappelle at Red Rocks and Pikes Peak Centers, performed on “The Arsenio Hall Show” and “Late Night with David Letterman,” and had a part that did for it was written on an episode of Baywatch in the 1990s.

“I try to do it smart without being too haughty,” he said of his comedy. “A lot of comics are trying to be too hip, and for me, it’s about keeping people entertained.”

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The “elephant in the room,” he said, is the handicap he was born with. Fonseca has cerebral palsy, which affects his speech and requires the use of a wheelchair. His mother died in childbirth, he said, and the lack of oxygen caused the disability.

“I always have to address that somehow,” he said.

The last few years have been difficult. He had some minor health issues to resolve and lived in a Westminster nursing home for about a year, where he took the opportunity to regroup, he said. And last year, of course, he was lost to COVID-19 when he couldn’t actually perform, other than keeping some zoom shows as sharp as possible.

But now he’s back and he’s out and about indulging in his love for a live audience.

“It’s instant gratification,” said Fonseca. “When you’re writing a book, you really don’t have that immediate reaction.”

He can still remember the naysayers early in his career who questioned his ability to be a comedian.

‘I’ll see how it goes. Please come back to me in 10 years, ”said Fonseca. “And now it’s almost 40. I think it’ll work.”

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