Saturday, August 09, 2008
This coming so soon after George Carlin...
Comedian Bernie Mac just passed away at the age of 50 from complications from pneumonia. He starred in TV series The Bernie Mac Show, and appeared in Charlie's Angels 2, Transformers, Friday, and the Ocean's Eleven series.
Like his idol Bill Cosby, Mac wasn't just a comedian but a storyteller. In one skit he describes taking care of his drug addict sister's small children after they are taken away from her. It is an incredibly politically incorrect and even harsh narrative. He does away with the sentimentalities you usually hear in such stories. But the genius is that it is also clear he really loves those kids.
In this clip, Mac describes the need to have love in your comedy, and how listening with his dying mother to Bill Cosby changed his life: