Bernie Mac Essay

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Bernie Mac’s second Def Comedy Jam special, “I Ain’t Scared of You Motherfuckers” is a comedic work that has always made me laugh uncontrollably. Even when I was too young to fully understand most of the jokes in that particular standup routine, his physical motions, use of curses and taboo sex phrases, as well as his urban Chicago colloquialisms were enough to have tears dripping from my eyes and a boisterous sound of laughter coming from my mouth, loud enough that it would cause my mother to come into my room and investigate what all the fuss was about. Despite the obvious comedic subject matter of works of comedy done by comedians such as Bernie Mac, there are numerous underlying reasons that attribute to the humor that is expressed through our laugher and enjoyment. Through his lively stage presences and sociological motifs, Bernie Mac was able to enlighten the world on the various cultural aspects of urban life by his use of social and psychological cues that capture our attention, giving us directions on how to react, providing us with an increased social awareness though satirical methods, and making light of taboo topics regarding the themes of sex and gender roles.
In, “I Ain’t Scared of You Motherfuckers,” Bernie Mac begins the routine walking onto stage with the DJ playing an old Hip-Hop music beat that Mac dances in to, thrusting his hips, lifting his legs, and bobbing his head to the catchy beat. The beat is so intriguing that the audience members can be seen moving along to its sounds and I found myself moving along with Mac’s movements in addition. Righto off the bat, Mac has the attention of both myself that the audience present in the video because he has intrigued us with happy rhythms which in turn prepare us for what is to come. The musical cues are a very important element to Mac’s standup routine because the sound of the catch Hip-Hop beat is engraved in our memory. Each time Mac finishes a bit that moves his routine along, the music is introduced. After this technique been used a few times, this auditory sensory detail alerts us when something really amusing is about to reveal itself, so we listen closely in anticipation for the next wave of knee slapping laughter, and Mac does not disappoint. In addition to the auditory detail there is the continued visual aspect of Mac’s dance moves to the music as well. His continued movements that he introduced at the beginning of the routine are also an element that attributes to our laughter because its a very comical mix of dance moves (CITATION). When I first this work by Bernie Mac, I did not play very close attention to the importance of the visual movements and musical elements, but after watching Katt Williams’, “American Hustler,” standup in which Williams strategically uses the same musical elements and physical movement to engage with the audience, I realized that this method was pioneered by Mac and was used by many other comedians in their works.
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