R.I.P. Bernie Mac
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.