Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bernie Mac: 1957-2008

i remember watching "Kings of Comedy" in the movie theatre with my husband, j. and hearing this man for the first time. at first i was admittedly, shell shocked in my seat, really not knowing what to think of this bold, and outspoken comedian. i was quickly engaged because he had such an original personality, character, unlike any other comedian that i've seen, at least. his comedy was very straightforward....a lot of cursing....but undeniably, had me "rollin' in the aisles" with laughter. to this day, j. and i are quoting his jokes, word for word (okay, we "try" to repeat it word for word).

Bernie Mac, 50, passed away this morning from pneumonia, in Chicago. he had a condition called sarcoidosis, according to Associated Press. the  sad thing , is that he was going to retire soon because he wanted to enjoy the rest of his life, since he's been a street performer since the 70's and been hustlin' ever since. you hear the cliché, but it's a cliché that rings true. life is too short. live it.  i hope bernie felt like he "lived" at least most of it while he was here.

conversely, i think bernie mac's comedy will live on, in his body of work, such as his t.v. show, "The Bernie Mac Show," his movies, like "Guess Who?"( remake of Sidney Poitier's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" and the "Ocean's 11" series, and of course, his signature cadence and delivery of his comedy.  rent "Kings of Comedy." you'll understand what i'm talking about.

with that said, live your life's passion now. love your people. now.

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