Paul Mooney is 74, an age where it's not unusual to forget things and just sit there with your mouth open while staring into the past. But he's still doing stand-up. Presumably because he loves it and there aren't many jobs for old folks, unless you want to work as a Walmart greeter. Somehow that all morphed into a Vulture article titled "The Curious Decline of Paul Mooney" (as if we expected an incline at 74). It's a negative piece, perhaps made more negative by the fact Mooney obviously didn't want to meet with the writer. From Vulture:
Now, though, Mooney’s legacy is in danger of being sullied by an increasingly disheartening series of appearances. Last May, he delivered a rambling performance on Arsenio Hall’s since-canceled talk show. A week after it aired, news outlets reported that Mooney had cancer, citing his cousin and sometime manager Rudy Ealy as the source of the info. I asked Ealy, who I’d been told lives with Mooney in Oakland, if Mooney was ill; he said Mooney was “fine.” (Despite agreeing to let me interview Mooney and inviting me to Oakland to do so, Ealy stopped returning my calls once I arrived in the Bay Area.)
See, got stood up. Here comes another:
Indeed, when I first called Ealy about the prospect of writing this story, I asked if Mooney was mentally well enough to be interviewed. He assured me he was, and a week or so later, Ealy called to tell me that Mooney had agreed to be interviewed. Except for a phone call I made that Ealy answered before immediately hanging up, that was the last time we spoke.
Damn...did dude really just not show up:
In early November, Mooney is booked to perform at B.B. King’s in New York. I make plans, with Day this time, to interview him. Unsurprisingly, the interview winds up being canceled.
Well f**k you then!
A few weeks later, Mooney is set to appear for multiple nights at the Uptown Comedy Corner in Atlanta. The possibility of an interview is again dangled and again comes to nothing.
I mean...give the brotha a break! He's 74. The average life span of black man in the U.S. is 75. Paul's right on schedule.