the thing about comedians when they write more than one book is that there is a bit of overlap. but this is the same as seeing them live (except louis c.k. right now). but we all can benefit from hearing a few things a couple of times. his brief allusion to mantan moreland here made me want to watch bamboozled again, considering how deliberate casting savion glover must have been in that role-“feets don’t fail me now”. no matter what, bernie mac will always have a place in comedy history, and our hearts. RIP.
“No matter. I was going to try to do my own thing, my own way. And I wasn’t worried about the future. I’d made up my mind: I was a comedian. All of this was gravy. I’d been a janitor and a bus driver and I’d built houses from the ground up and I’d chased rats and shoveled scrap iron and fried fish and delivered bread, and I’d done it all honestly. I wasn’t about to get dishonest with my comedy. I wasn’t going to do comedy I didn’t believe in. Comedy was it for me, brother. Nothing as important as comedy.” (231)
thank you, mister.