Dolemite Is My Name(written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski) follows Rudy Ray Moore’s journey to becoming a comedy star, initially hoping to accomplish that by putting out a comedy record. To that end, he creates the pimp character Dolemite, who loves to rhyme and spout out raunchy routines (“Dolemite is my name, and fucking up motherfuckers is my game!”).
Unfortunately for Rudy Ray Moore, while folks seem to like his live Dolemite shows, when it comes time to put out that comedy record, naturally it’s incredibly difficult to sell and promote in 1970s America given the filthy material. Not to be deterred, Mr. Moore decides to bring Dolemite to a cinematic setting, though that’s hardly an easy endeavor either. For instance, the only way he can gets Wesley Snipes’ D’Urville Martin to come aboard is if he also gets to direct.