Saturday, August 9, 2008

King of Comedy, Bernie Mac 1957 - 2008

Bernie Mac, whose resume included successful stand-up comedian, TV star, and movie star (well, predominantly the Ocean's Eleven series...not sure his turn with Ashton Kutcher in 'Guess Who' was a star-worthy performance) has passed away from complications related to pneumonia. Bernie was the perfect comedian, who could cause an audience to erupt in laughter with merely a look in his eye or a crack of a smile. While his comedy frequently had racial undertones, or sexual undertones, or crude language, his appeal crossed color, gender, and age-related boundaries.

His television show, The Bernie Mac Show, which ran from 2001 to 2006 won a prestigious Peabody Award in 2002. The stodgy Peabody judges spoke with surprising candor when describing why they picked Mac's shows for the award: "[we] chose the sitcom for transcending race and class while lifting viewers with laughter, compassion — and cool". Pretty well said for a bunch of old white dudes.

Bernie Mac, 1957-2008

He Will Be Missed...

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