Bernie Mac’s Daughter Explains Why Her Late Father Did Not Release His Own Standup Special

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Bernie Mac is lauded as one of many comedy greats. His knack for storytelling, his flashy fashion, and his Chicago flare set him other than different comedians of his time. After the success of the Kings Of Comedy, Mac’s star continued to rise with movie and tv alternatives, however followers by no means obtained an opportunity to see his unique materials within the type of his personal standup particular. His daughter not too long ago defined that her father’s absence from the standup comedy world was all due to timing.

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Bernie Mac’s daughter says him not releasing a standup particular needed to do with him beginning his comedy profession at a later age

One of Mac’s first main standup specials was on Def Comedy Jam. A couple of years later in 1998, he teamed up along with his fellow comedians Steve Harvey, D.L. Hugely, and Cedric The Entertainer for the U.S. comedy tour, The Original Kings Of Comedy. Mac’s set was the preferred amongst followers and the tour grew to become one of the crucial profitable so far as generated income in comedy historical past.

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At the time of its launch in theaters in 2000, each Hugely and Harvey had already filmed their very own half-hour comedy specials. Cedric would observe swimsuit, leaving Mac as the one one among the many group with out one. YouTube’s Comedy Hype documentary defined that executives discovered it troublesome to see Mac’s enchantment to audiences and it was laborious for him to navigate getting his personal particular on the time. 

Mac’s daughter, Je’Niece McCullough, defined that the way in which the comedy world labored on the time prevented him from getting a particular.

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“When he started his comedy career, comedy wasn’t what it is today. In the early 90s, that’s when his career started to gain momentum, comedy specials weren’t just dropping from comedians like that,” she stated. “You needed to have been like an enormous comic…Rober Townsend had a particular, Sinbad had a particular, Damon Wayans had a particular, however he [Mac] was not at that stage but. 

She additionally stated that Mac’s peak didn’t come till later in his life. 

“He didn’t reach the height of his career until he was in his 40s,” she stated of Mac. “I think had he gotten that back when he was in his twenties, it’d be a different story.”

Despite not having his personal comedy particular, Bernie Mac’s profession was profitable and even included his personal profitable sitcom

Mac starred in a string of movies earlier than and after Kings Of Comedy together with Friday, Get On The Bus, The Player’s Club, Life, Ocean’s Eleven, and Bad Santa.

Mac landed his personal FOX sitcom in 2001. The Bernie Mac Show adopted him taking up a parental position to his three nieces and nephews after his sister entered rehab. Though Mac performed a fictionalized model of himself, most of the components included within the present had been harking back to his actual life, together with his Chicago roots and his work as an entertainer.

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It was one of many first reveals to interrupt the fourth wall on the community with Mac talking on to a digital camera crew about his life. The collection ran for 5 seasons, received NAACP Image Awards, and has 104 episodes. 

Mac was so dedicated to the present’s success that he didn’t do standup in the course of the collection run. As the collection got here to an finish, Mac was actively working to offer his followers the filmed particular they’d desired after being away from standup for nearly a decade.

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“He was in the planning stages of a comedy special, he wanted to call it ‘The Mac Man Coming and I’m Bringing Hell With Me,’” she revealed. “He wanted it to be a small, intimate, special. He wanted to hold it at the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago.”

Unfortunately, Mac died from problems of pneumonia on the age of 50 in 2008 earlier than he would convey his standup particular to fruition.

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