Sunday, October 19, 2008

Rudy Ray Moore RIP


Press release:
Los Angeles, CA, October 20, 2008 – Comedian Rudy Ray Moore, aka Dolemite, passed away yesterday evening at age 81 in Akron, Ohio, of apparent complications due to diabetes. He is survived by his daughter, Yvette, sister, Geraldine, brother, Gerald, and his 98 year old mother, Lucille. “Rudy was an 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.

“We are saddened by the loss of one of shock comedy’s true originators,” said Warrior Records president, Jim Ervin. Warrior’s release of Moore’s 1972 cult classic, Dolemite for President, is scheduled to be in stores nationally on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 (Election Day). Dolemite for President has never before been issued on CD and was prepared over the summer, featuring the original album’s materials, along with additional previously unreleased tracks from live Moore standup performances.

“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, November 4th, 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. For more information, visit,, or email

JEFF CLAYTON (Antiseen vocalist):
"Somehow, in the early 90's I got a hold of Rudy Ray Moore's private phone number. I never dared call him......until I was drunk one night!!! This happened quite a bit actually. He never seemed annoyed and was always friendly. When we (Antiseen) toured the West Coast in '92 I had arranged to take Mr. Moore out to dinner on the night we played LA. Unfortunately a "little" riot broke out that afternoon and we high tailed it out of town. I called home to let my wife at the time know we were ok and she said that Rudy had called to make sure we got out of town ok. I lost touch with him over the years but I never stopped being a fan. His movies and party albums never get old to me. I'll be playing them all day today. Rest in peace funny man, you'll never be forgotten."

From Wikipedia:
Rudy Ray Moore (March 17, 1927–October 19, 2008) was an American comedian, musician, singer, film actor, and film producer. He was perhaps best known as Dolemite, the uniquely articulate pimp from the 1975 film Dolemite, and its sequel, The Human Tornado. The persona was developed during his earlier stand-up comedy records.

Moore is from Cleveland, Ohio. Moore began his entertainment career as an R&B singer and continued singing through his comedy career. He developed an interest in comedy in the Army after expanding on a singing performance for other servicemen. Rudy Ray Moore released many comedy records throughout the 1960s and 1970s, developing a rude and explicit style similar to Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor. This kept him off of television and major films, but cultivated an enduring fan base.

He appeared on Big Daddy Kane's 1990 album Taste of Chocolate and 2 Live Crew's 1994 album Back at Your Ass for the Nine-4.

In 2000, Moore starred in Big Money Hustlas, a movie created by and starring the Insane Clown Posse, in which he played Dolemite for the first time in over 20 years.

In 2008, Moore reprised the character Petey Wheatstraw for the song "I Live for the Funk" featuring Blowfly and Daniel Jordan. This marked the first time Blowfly and Rudy have collaborated on the same record together and the 30 year anniversary of the movie Petey Wheatstraw, and was also the final recording Rudy made before his death.

On October 19, 2008, Moore died of complications from diabetes.

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