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R.I.P. Bernie Mac

9 August 2008 3 Comments

The loss of such a strong and original comedic presence at such a young age aside, the worst of it all is that we just lost a brilliant, colored-actin’ fool. Bernie Mac could act up in a way that too many comedians fail to properly execute; his gift was using his presence to walk the line between ridiculous and hilarious. Bernie Mac’s voice control, bulging eyes, and immaculate timing, especially in his stand-up routines, made him the king of “us” jokes. My favorite Bernie Mac moment is without a doubt Officer Self-Hatred from Don’t Be a Menace While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. There are so few jokes about being dark that I can tolerate, but I, too, hate the back of Forest Whitaker’s neck. Mac’s faux-emotionally charged delivery in this clip makes me miss him already.

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  • blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said:

    Hello there! {waves}

    It is so very sad that Bernie passed on… a young man who was still attempting to branch out into new avenues professionally… he will be deeply missed….

    He added a lot to the comedy circuit and many comics who came after him were imitators…

    I do hope that he is resting with God…

    Thank you for mentioning him…

    Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
    Lisa

  • jazzfan360 said:

    Devastating. Absolutely devastating. My family was over this morning, and everyone in my house cried upon hearing the news. What a terrible shock to begin the day. Such a tremendously talented man, and I truly believe we’d really only seen the tip of the iceberg. This is no way for a man of his health, of his robust joy, of his explosive potential to leave this world, fading away quietly at a mere 50 years old, his last week spent in a hospital slowly declining.

    Time will prove him a giant in this decade of television. His defiantly fresh series stood tall in a period of time in the early 2000s when the sitcom–the family sitcom especially–was all but dead and buried. Time will prove Mac to be remembered as one of the great television dads…but Hollywood and especially the black community are already remembering him fondly and applauding the legacy he built as a performer who started with less than nothing and achieved great things with hard work, a scrappy attitude, and a damned fine smile–nothing more, nothing less.

    He NEVER apologized for who or what he was, or anything he had to say, and out of that brashness, that wild-eyed wit, that total lack of concern for whatever opinion you might have, he brandished hysterical truths about not just blacks, but all people, held them way up over his head, and flung them about in broad daylight for everybody to laugh at. Yeah, he knew all those terrible things in your mind, and he had no trouble putting them right out there on the street. But Bernie Mac never wanted you to be ashamed about them–because he sure wasn’t.

    This world has lost a great entertainer, and a great man. All too soon.

  • Dara said:

    i! hate! black! peppa!

    man…he was funny.

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