Saturday, August 09, 2008

Bernie Mac

The rumors of the of death of Bernard Jeffrey (Bernie Mac) are sadly not exaggerated.

“I'm an ordinary guy with an extraordinary job.”
Bernie Mac

I just wanted write a few things about this comedic icon. I admired Bernie Mac as a comedian and I found his somewhat biographical sitcom The Bernie Mac Show very inspiring. Not only was he able to take a real event from his life (becoming guardian over his sister's three children after she enters rehab) he was able to do this successful single camera sitcom with out a laugh track. Please note that this was before My name is Earl and The Office. On the show he was able to use his stand up skills and break the forth wall to communicate his thoughts to the audience who he affectingly addressed as America. Often times when stand up comic is given a sitcom they are plugged into situations that are stale, unoriginal or just not a good fit. Bernie Mac made sure that his sitcom alter ego and the show's story line were true to himself and his life.

I have one more Bernie Mac Quote, "When I get a chance to play golf or go on a boat with good people, take the boat out and put some lobsters on the grill, get the ice-cold beer and the cigars - that's heaven here on earth".

Good Night Bernie Mac enjoy the beer and the cigars in heaven and I will do the same on earth in your honor.

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa
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