Y’all, I can’t even write right now. Tears are just rolling down my face. I just read this and that was enough. I heard he was sick, but…. man. This makes me want to call my parents and tell them how much I love them. In fact, that’s what I’m gonna do right now.
Mr. Mac, you made so many people laugh in your too-brief lifetime. Saying you’ll be missed is an understatement.
** edited at 7 p.m. — The passing of Bernie Mac is tragic, but bless his talent — watching his video clips on YouTube has cheered me up immensely on this sad day. Bernie Mac trafficked in delightfully dirty humor, so if you’re averse to foul language, you’ve been warned.
— Bernie talks about My Sister’s Kids, the joke upon which his series was built.
— Bernie on Def Comedy Jam. “Y’all don’t understand. I ain’t scaaaaared of you mother%&*$ers.” Hilarious!
— From the Original Kings of Comedy. Nuff said.
And finally, this Tavis Smiey interview that says it all about the man behind the jokes. Love, family, laughter. That’s what Bernie Mac was all about.
Celebrity friends have been offering tributes to E Online, and People Magazine featured a touching interview with Mac’s sister in law. Bernie Mac and his wife Rhonda were married for 30 years, and they have a daughter, Je’Niece. My deepest sympathies go out to the Mac family. One more link and I’ll stop — I just saw adorable photos of Bernie Mac’s granddaughter and teared up all over again. Aw, man. This is a sad day.
** 9:40 p.m. — Bernie Mac’s IMDB page is taking me down memory lane. The man did some diverse work, from Mo Money and How to Be a Player to Ocean’s Eleven and Transformers. What was your favorite Bernie Mac movie? I’m torn between Bad Santa and The Player’s Club.