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There is so much in here, and the book at approximately pages is filled with pictures as well. Overall the pacing is smooth and in quite a few spots especially touching. The comedy true to Bernie Mac form is fiercely honest, which includes many clips of his performances And the narration is unfailingly, over the top, all around inspirational. My gosh, can't nothing be more powerful than a man who values family! View all 3 comments. A boy from the ghetto who went through many hardship, made it without compromising himself.
Bernie Mac was a comedian with a big heart. Raised in the South Side of Chicago, he learned old-school principles from his mother and grandparents, tough-lessons of integrity that were instilled in him since he was a child. Those lessons carried him throughout his life. Most people, they got a problem, they crank and m Bernie Mac was a comedian with a big heart. Most people, they got a problem, they crank and moan.
He worked hard and briefly attended college, all to support his wife and daughter, but he envisioned a bigger life for himself. He was a natural comedian, making people laugh wherever he went, whether he rode the train, stood in front of a class on Friday afternoons, or reminisced at a funeral. His need to make people laugh stemmed from his mother. He saw how a stand-up comedy routine on late-night TV changed how she felt. He saw her suffering shift into deep belly-laughs, her tears transformed by the power of humor.
That insight stayed with him, seeing how jokes could impact a person, even in their most vulnerable moments. His need to be funny came from a want of attention too. He had to perform, to be the class clown and the center of the crowd. His best friend was shot and killed by an abusive girlfriend. He worked odd jobs, lived in rotten apartments, bombed in front of crowds.
He learned from his sufferings, his heartbreaks. He dreamed big, never getting lost in the distractions, never giving up when times were hard, like so many of his old friends did. Get a job, get a house, get a dog, buy insurance. And there was nothing wrong with that. All you have to do is make it happen. When he came home, he got kicked out of his apartment, three men jumped him and he went to jail on false charges.
Later, one of his close friends lost his lifelong career and became an alcoholic and eventually died. Bernie still worked on his craft, honing his skills in comedy clubs and theaters across the country. He started reaching deep inside himself for material. Like Pryor, he desired to be a truth-comic, exposing his vulnerabilities and flaws, showing who he truly was, what he felt, being as real as possible, instead of performing as a joke-teller. Mac, you do have one little problem. You want to be liked. He met Robin Harris, a famous on-the-rise comedian, who wanted Bernie to open for him on the road.
He died from a heart attack, however, on the very night that he offered him the gig. That event compelled Bernie to quit his job as a truck driver and devote his life fully to comedy. I was going to try to do my own thing, my own way.l0ad57da.justinstalledpanel.com/5055.php
Maybe You Never Cry Again by Bernie Mac
I was a comedian. All of this was gravy. Comedy was it for me, brother. Nothing as important as comedy. You gotta stay strong inside. Be true to yourself. Radio stations promoted his shows. He made more money. With his rising celebrity status, people that he knew, people he worked with and grew up with, treated him differently. Strangers claimed that he was family. Organizations wanted him to donate to their causes for the community. Bernie dealt with critics, scam-artists, and flatterers who only wanted his fame for themselves.
When he was poor, though, none of them were around. He stayed true to himself, learning from every job, every late-night gig. Acting in movie roles. Rehearsing his material to himself. Raising his child and loving his wife. With every setback, he reflected on what his mother told him, putting failure in perspective. He only focused on what was meaningful, what was in line with his principles. They want something for nothing. What do they think? That Michael Jordan was out boozing at night?
He was on that got-damn court all day, every day, trying to make himself a better player. And when he was the best there was, he went out and practiced harder. For the first time ever, he performed in stadiums. Audiences arrived in the thousands. As the curtains parted, Bernie Mac stepped into the bright lights and did his thing. One of his bits was about raising his sister's three kids after she got into trouble with drugs.
That was the foundation for The Bernie Mac Show. He just turned his got-damned head. When they said they was going to give the kids over to the state, he turned his head. But I had to get my self-righteous ass up: We got to stick together. That heifer been here before. One day I was combing her hair looking for some numbers. She just stare at you.
And the six-year-old cry like a sumbitch. The world is messed up. Kids make me sick, motherfucker. Not until Spike Lee filmed it, shooting the production for three million dollars, did it gain any widespread attention. When Lee was shooting backstage footage, he asked Bernie a question: That inspired Bernie to action. He wanted his own show, wanted to tell America the truths Mac-isms that he had learned. As he pushed for his dream, he confronted another reality about America, its prejudices.
Bernie wanted to be respected for his comedic talents, his no-bullshit honesty. He saw individuals, humanity, as more than sociological statistics, categories. But people were too scared of his messages. They said that his comedy was raw. No amount of tinkering is going to change the way some people think.
He wanted to build a sitcom around that premise. Bernie addressed the camera directly as well.
Just like in his real life, he was a comedian, had a supportive marriage, and told it like it was. Fox picked up the show and ran with it. It became the hottest new sitcom on the network.
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Black families are about love, too. He still acted and continued his stand-up, but he never left his home.
Maybe You Never Cry Again
He stayed in Chicago with his close friends and family, knowing the value of intimate relationships, instead of living in the shallowness of Hollywood stardom. He still remembered what his mama had taught him: Go deep inside yourself. Sit still and listen close. There might be a few wise voices out there, helping you out. But too many outside voices will shut you down.
Bernie learned to respect himself and other people, no matter what they thought. Even those who tried to bring him down. Only person you can change is yourself. Mar 28, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: Been on a bit of an autobiography binge recently. Also wanted something funny after plodding through Notes From Underground. I wanted to read this book because, although I think Bernie Mac is really funny, I just love the way he speaks. I could listen to his voice without needing a punchline. This is a great book, and audiobook, for that.
I never knew he had such an interesting life. A problem with stand-up's autobiographies can be that they just stitch Excellent autobiography. A problem with stand-up's autobiographies can be that they just stitch together the anecdotes about their life that they use in their act, so you don't really get anything knew if you've already watched their DVDs or bought their records see Richard Pryor's autobiography for an example of what I'm talking about.