By Lee Hubbard
Satirical comedian Paul Mooney will talk about the political landscape and the presidential election from his perspective in a “Town hall Meeting” at the Berkeley Black Repertory Theatre, Nov. 1 through Nov. 5.
“Paul is one of the great comedians of our time,” said Sean Scott, director of the theater. “He is going to talk about the election, where we stand and where we can possibly go.”
Born in Louisiana and raised in Oakland, Mooney came to comedic fame as a writer for Richard Pryor. He has written for Redd Foxx and the TV shows Good Times, the Richard Pryor Show, In Living Color and the Dave Chappelle Show.
The author of the 2010 book, “Black is the New White,” he has acted in films such as “Which Way is up,” “Bustin’ Loose,” “Hollywood Shuffle” and “The Buddy Holly Story.”
But it is in his political satire of Black life that Mooney has made a name for himself over the past 20 years, attacking racism and any topic imaginable.
With the election in the balance, Mooney will lend his brand of humor to the politics of the election and all of the figures associated with it. Topics will include Obama’s birth certificate, Romnesia, the debates, 47 percent, binders full of women, voter suppression, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
“This will be a wake-up call for anyone who is on the political fence,” said Scott.
Show times are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. nightly with an early show on Sunday, Nov. 4. Tickets range from $20 to $90, which includes dinner and champagne.
For tickets call the Black Rep at (510) 652-2120 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com. The theater is located at 3201 Adeline St. in Berkeley.