8.10.2008

O.T. My ALL TIME favorite comedian passed away Saturday morning

Ok...so after I got done stamping some and felt a bit bored...I sat down to watch some stuff on YouTube and came across MANY Bernie Mac tributes. So as I watched and teared up, I thought I would post a bit about me and what it was like to be a fan of Bernie Mac. Yes...his comedy was "foul" but that made Bernie Mac. I loved the rawness of his comedy acts...he reminded me so much of Richard Pryor. I am a comedian lover...comedy is my life next to stamping. So waking up Saturday to the news of my favorite comedian passing well...left me sad and speechless. Not many agreed with his way of cracking jokes...oh well! I loved it! Gobbled it up! So that's why I thought I would share as I already share a lot about me...this is just a bit of an extra fact about me...just so you can get to know me more in whole...lol. So...here is a YouTube tribute that made me cry with the song it played...because it also reminded me of a great rapper, Biggie Smalls, The Notrious B.I.G., Big Poppa...whatever you knew him as if you knew him...that was murdered here in L.A. and this song was made for him. This clip contains cursing words and some other bad stuff you may not enjoy...so watch it with discretion if you like.

REST IN PEACE BERNIE MAC!



Bernie Mac: Dead at the age of 50

By Robert Bianco, USA TODAY
We've been cheated out of Bernie Mac's second act.
Dead from pneumonia at a mere 50, Mac leaves behind a legacy of great success and unfulfilled promise. We can be grateful for the hits, most notably, his influential, insufficiently appreciated sitcom The Bernie Mac Show. But as with any performer who dies while at the height of his career, you can't help thinking there would have been more to come.
Born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough in 1957 in Chicago — but known to the rest of us as Bernie Mac — he was, in show-biz circles, a late bloomer. He didn't come to national attention until he was already well into adulthood, and his comedy came from a decidedly adult perspective. It could be raw and blustery, but the anger and insights both came from experience, and were often softened by a warmth he could turn on and off at will.
Though he worked in TV and films though the '90s, most notably, perhaps, in the 1995 hit Friday, Mac's career didn't take off until 2000 with the Spike Lee concert film The Original Kings of Comedy. His costars at the time were probably better known: Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley and Steve Harvey. But it was Mac who broke out, challenging Hollywood to give him a sitcom — a challenge met by Fox the next year with The Bernie Mac Show.
Loosely based on his own life, Mac cast him as a happily married man who becomes a not-so-happy father when he's forced to take in his sister's three young children. Addressing "America" directly through the camera, Mac let us know precisely what he thought of this and every other turn of event, while his children and his wife let us see they knew how to get around him.
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The show ran four years and earned Mac two Emmy nominations. But as ratings fell and network support vanished, Mac moved on to movies: Oceans 11 and its sequels, the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner revamp, and Transformers among them. He also battled health problems brought on by the inflammatory disease sarcoidosis that were clearly more serious than he let on in public.
For all his talents, Mac was not always his best ally. His complaints during the run of his Fox show, while sometimes justified, did not do much to endear him to the network, and may have hastened the end of the series. Most recently, his off-color remarks while introducing Barack Obama at a fundraiser in July got him into trouble with both the audience and the campaign.
Still, it was that fearlessness — that often-rash willingness to offend — that made Mac stand out in a world of pandering comics. It was why many of us hoped he would return to the medium that made him a star and help revive the now-disappearing sitcom.
It's not to be. And yes, that's a cheat.

3 comments:

Tanja said...

Thanks for sharing this. What a bummer. It just doesn't seem like we had him long enough.

Roberta said...

*hug* I went through a similar distress when Hunter S. Thomspon took his own life in 2005. It's amazing how someone who you don't even know ( yet somehow feel like you know quite weel! ) can have such an impact on you.

Art is immortal, and Bernie Mac was certianly an artist in his own right. His talent will live on forever.

AngelRenee said...

My boys and I were shocked when we saw this on the news.. So Sad.
I left you an award on my blog because your work inspires me. Hope you can come and pick it up.

Hugs Renee