Stump the King - Bernie Mac
One day in 2001, I was having lunch with a friend and we were talking about the new fall shows. We discussed shows that we thought weren't going to make it as well as shows we really enjoyed. Towards the end of the meal we started to discuss The Tick and how we were both excited to see the live version that was premiering later in the season. I remember turning to my friend and saying, "Isn't there another show premiering on FOX later in the season?" We couldn't think of which show it was and so went back to discussing The Tick.
The show we were trying to think of was The Bernie Mac Show and five years after The Tick had come and gone Bernie's show had become one of the funniest family sitcoms on television.
The passing of Bernie is particularly sad for me for two major reasons.
The first is that his sitcom was one of the few funny sitcoms to premiere around that time. In fact, in 2001, the only other sitcom to survive the season was Scrubs. While other networks were premiering garbage like Off Centre, The Ellen Show and Danny, FOX premiered a stellar sitcom lineup and while The Tick and Undeclared didn't make the cut, B Mac gave me hope that there was still room for a great sitcom on TV.
The other reason his death gives me pause is that he was only 50 years old. As I have recently turned forty, it gives me pause to think that a common ailment such as pneumonia can take a person who is still relatively young.
With the recent deaths of Mac, Bernie Brillstein, George Carlin and even Isaac Hayes, the comedy world has taken a major hit. Do yourself a favor and take a moment to enjoy some great comedy.
Here is this week's trivia question...
What condiment did Bernie Mac advertise an accessory for on Saturday Night Live?
Congratulations Sharon. Tabasco is the correct answer.