Monday, August 11, 2008

Man, it's been a helluva weekend ...

... I'm sure you all have heard about the death of one of the Original Kings of Comedy, Bernie Mac. Mac, 50, passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia and the death of 65-year-old, Black Moses, better known as Isaac Hayes.
These were two of our most talented and treasured entertainers and they will, without doubt, be missed by their hometowns of Chicago and Memphis, respectively.
I heard about Bernie Mac's passing on Saturday morning while I was laying in bed. The radio announcer said "he will be missed," and I sat straight up in my bed. Just the night before, I read that he was improving and he might be able to go home soon. It's just sad.
Mac is of course known as one of the Original Kings of Comedy. He's also appeared in the "Ocean's Eleven" movie franchise, as well as "Transformers" and "Mr. 3000." My favorite movies that he's appeared in have got to be "Life" and "House Party 3."
Uncle Vester was funny as hell but Jangle Leg, oh ... my ... gah!!! He was the funniest dude in the movie.

I heard about Hayes on Saturday afternoon when I got a CNN Breaking News alert on my phone. I just shook my head and said, "Damn." I know he had a stroke a while back, maybe a year ago and had been on the road to recovery.
I actually remember Hayes more for his music than for his acting. Some of my earliest memories are of listening to my mom and uncles sing "Stand Accused."
Perhaps our generation will remember him most as the love making, heart breaking, Chef on "South Park." All of the South Park fanatics will never be able to forget episodes like "Chef and the Succubus" and "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls."
Other than his singing, the funniest thing I remember him doing is "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" where Chris Rock in all his Jheri Curl glory went into the restaurant owned by Hayes and Jim Brown asking for "one rib."

My heart goes out to both families because I know this was a huge loss for both of them. Mac leaves behind a wife, daughter and granddaughter to cherish his memory. Hayes leaves behind his fourth wife and 12 children.
Lets keep both families in our prayers.
For old times sake, here are a couple of my favorite Bernie Mac clips and Isaac Hayes songs.

One thing is for sure, there is some serious laughing and grooving going on up in Heaven. With greats like Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx and Robin Harris preceding Mac and Gerald and Sean Levert, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke preceding Hayes, I'm sure the good times aren't stopping up there.
What are your favorite "Mac Man" and "Black Moses" moments?


Dianne said...

My favorite Isaac Hayes memory was that gold chain outfit he wore. Bling before there was bling. That outfit and his incredible body and amazing persona - sexiest man alive!

I wasn't familiar with Bernie til his TV show. When I saw that I had to see the uncensored side of him and rented all I could find. He was brilliant and so so young.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

yep, issac hayes was my neighbor in memphis growing up used to cut cross his yard everyday on way home from elementary school

Smarty Jones said...

@ dianne, my mom used to talk about how sexy he was and of course I couldn't see it. Of course I could hear it in the voice but that was where it stopped because I could not co-sign on all that begging he was doing in the beginning of "I Stand Accused."

@ torrance, wow, what was it like to have him in the neighborhood?

12kyle said...

two legends are gone in the blink of an eye.

enjoy life. period.

to answer your question...
favorite issac hayes...when he played chef on south park and sang that song called sweaty balls!!! lmao!! it was a classic

favorite bernie mac...his performance at the kings of comedy. he was the best of all 4. there's a reason why he went on last. he shut it down. they will both be sorely missed.

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