“Rudy was a entertainer’s entertainer and a self-made man that fans of all generations embraced,” commented Donald H. Randell, Rudy’s producer. “In the 60’s and 70’s, he broke new ground and paved the way for comedians that followed like Richard Prior, Eddie Murphy, and Lisa Lampanelli. Rudy’s cult comedy continues to break through into today’s mainstream.”
Hailed as the king of the party record and the world’s greatest X-rated stand up comedian, Rudy Ray Moore is no stranger to the rap music community. Excerpts of his comic recordings have been sampled by the likes of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eazy-E, Eric B. and Rakim, Ice-T, Big Daddy Kane, 2 Live Crew, ODB, Busta Rhymes, and dozens of other platinum selling rap artists. “The man, the myth, the legend, Rudy Ray Moore...without him there would be no rap community,” commented Snoop Dogg in a recent interview with Moore.
Rudy Ray Moore attained cult status as a pioneer of racy inner city and ghetto humor. He has inspired three generations of comics and a whole new generation of rap practitioners. From the late 60's through today, his “party records” have become classics to many nightclub goers and CD buyers. Moore in the 1970’s also made his mark in the film world. During the "Blaxploitation" movie era, he produced and starred in seven films as "Human Tornado," "Monkey Hustle," "Petey Wheatstraw," "Disco Godfather," "Penitentiary," "Rude," and most notably, "Dolemite," which became an instant
inner city classic.
“The other presidential candidates promise everything. If you elect me President, I promise you nothing!" proclaimed Moore, also known as Dolemite, who was running on the “I Ain't Lyin' Platform”:
Reporter: Mr. Dolemite, why do you want to become President?
Rudy Ray Moore: “For the only reason the other two candidates do...to make dough!”
Reporter: How will you solve the current financial crisis?
Rudy Ray Moore: “I will legalize stealing.”
Reporter: How do you stand on unemployment?
Rudy Ray Moore: “At the end of the line baby, to hell with a job!”
“The greatest influences in my career were the late, great comedians Red Foxx and Moms Mabley,” reflected Moore. “I’m ready to run this country,” continued Dolemite, “Eddie Murphy will be my Vice President and Lisa Lampanelli will serve as First Lady. Now, Lampanelli and I won’t get married, we’ll just shack up in the White House! So, on Election Day, write in the only real choice on your ballots...Dolemite for President!”
Politically incorrect, surely, but in an era of crisis and uncertainty in Washington, Rudy Ray Moore continued to speak his mind, breaking new ground and striking a comedic nerve within the stand-up community.