adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $13.97

Buy for $13.97

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Other comedians tell jokes. Paul Mooney tells the truth.

For more than 40 years - whether writing for Richard Pryor and Saturday Night Live or performing stand-up to sold-out crowds around the country - Paul Mooney has been provocative, incisive...and absolutely hilarious. His comedy has always been indisputably real and raw, reflecting race issues in America, and this fascinating, fearless new memoir continues that unapologetically candid tradition.

While other stars soared only to crash and burn, Paul Mooney has stayed chiefly behind the scenes, and he’s got a lifetime of stories to show for it. As head writer for The Richard Pryor Show, he helped tear down racial barriers and change the course of comedy. He helped Robin Williams and Sarah Bernhard break into show business. He paved the way for superstars like Eddie Murphy. Few have witnessed as much comedy history as Mooney; even fewer could recount it with such riotous honesty and depth of insight. He reveals the truth about his celebrated partnership with the brilliant, self-destructive Richard Pryor, from their first meeting to the very last joke, and reflects on some of his most notorious moments.

Decades ago, Paul Mooney set out not just make audiences laugh but to make them think. Black Is the New White is his blisteringly funny, no-holds-barred memoir of how he continues to succeed wildly at both.

©2021 Paul Mooney, Dave Chappelle (P)2021 Urban AudioBooks

More from the same

Narrator

What listeners say about Black Is the New White

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    115
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    8
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    85
  • 4 Stars
    21
  • 3 Stars
    22
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    4
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    113
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Audible ought to be ashamed of themselves

The quality of the recording is the absolute worst I’ve ever heard on this platform. The edits are atrocious. Mistakes are left in, the sound quality goes up and down throughout, and noisy glitches abound. You should refund my credit this title and not sell it to anyone else until it’s cleaned up.

21 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great bio, terrible sound recording

I loved learning more about the life of Paul Mooney but the poor sound quality affected my enjoyment of listening to the book. In some chapters, the volume varies and you have to adjust the sound up or down. In some of the later chapters, there is an endless “clicking” sound throughout the chapter(s).

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Terrible technical product

The narrator was great and the story was everything and more.
But the technical acumen was ZERO. It was full of horrible edits and the sound quality was bullshit. Please fix this audio book or was this done on PURPOSE. This is the worst technical recording I have heard —ever on this platform. Or was it purposefully fraught with errors ——

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good storytelling ;horrible sound

I enjoyed enjoyed story, but the sound quality made it difficult to stay engaged. This should be re recorded and added to our libraries.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Funny book, terrible editing...

Mr. Spears is not a poor performer, the editing was terrible. The story was funny and typical of Mr. Mooney. May he rest in peace.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Master Piece!! I loved every moment.

My Favorite comic of all time!!! Priceless Piece. There was so much I learned about Mr. Mooney

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Enlightening Content But...

This narrative captures the humor and sadness in Mooney's life and is delivered well. Although for quite a stretch, it focuses on Richard Pryor and made me wonder if I were listening to the story of Mooney or that of Pryor, I was at least hearing Pryor's story from Mooney's point of view. That jolt in the content wasn't enough to lose the 5th star in my judgement of the story though.

What drops the audio book to a less than stellar rating is the audio delivery itself. At times, the sound quality is horrible. I couldn't listen to the story with my head phones because the sound would often assault my ears with strange clippings of the narrator's voice. Strangely enough, the audio glitches occur mostly during critical moments when Mooney's creative talents shine through in the midst of his serious topics on racism.

Overall, the narrative is worth the time, but I do hope an update is in the works to fix the sound quality.







2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Thanks Mr. Mooney!

Loved it. I listed to this a few weeks after the passing of Paul Mooney. I'm 48 years old so I've seen Richard and Paul but never new the depth of their friendship. Paul Money was, and is my favorite comedian because he was fearless and very talented. Listening to the book felt like Paul Mooney was speaking to me directly. I will always treasure this book and Paul Mooney's comedy genius. Thanks Mr. Mooney, you're still making us laugh.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

we need a movie

i appreciate the iconoclastic and revolutionary philosophy of Paul Mooney. A symbol of America's beauty and horrors.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

paul mooney

I love his story and only he Paul Mooney could tell you it was absolutely fantastic he was true to his craft completely

1 person found this helpful