Comic Paul Mooney – who prides himself on making audiences uncomfortable and is no stranger to using the N-word – did both during a taping of “The Arsenio Hall Show” Monday night in what one person tweeted as “the most embarrassing, disrespectful standup bombing ever.”
According to TMZ, Mooney was booked to do a short standup bit on the late night show, but rambled on for more than 14 minutes in a routine that touched on everything from “Roots” to President Obama to his admiration of an audience member’s giant breasts
But things really went off the rails when Mooney turned his attention to a black guy in the audience who he called a “bald-headed n**ga.”
One person who was there tells us … the crowd was stunned — and sat in awkward silence as Mooney tried to transition into different material.
We’re told it appeared producers were scrambling to cut him off and end the segment — but Paul ignored the cues and kept going until a crew member used the P.A. system to interrupt him … and a staff member went on stage to tell him to wrap it up.
One audience member tweeted about the scene — saying, “OMG! I just witnessed THE MOST EMBARASSING, Disrespectful “standup” BOMBING ever by Paul Mooney @arseniohall I wanted to walk out!”
Eventually, Arsenio jumped in and helped end the segment in a respectful manner.
Above is the edited version that aired, just shy of four minutes.
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