When reimagination just clicks

Of the many forms of creativity, I'm particularly attracted to reimagining what we see everyday or specific elements of popular culture. While many of the world's top comedians are masters at reproducing and subverting cultural norms, I found a brilliant recent example from rapper Action Bronson, whose music video for his song Baby Blue pays great homage to Eddie … Continue reading When reimagination just clicks

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Comedy cookbook: Eddie Murphy’s hard act to follow

Dave Chappelle's craziness, Bernie Mac's delivery and Eddie Murphy's acting. That, for a long time, was my personal formula for "The Perfect Comic". Life has taught me that there's no such thing. Comedy has taught me that there's only one Eddie Murphy and my goodness, does he do his thing well. An "act-out" (as Judy … Continue reading Comedy cookbook: Eddie Murphy’s hard act to follow

“I hate black pepper” – Ode to a comic king

Outrageous. That was Bernie Mac's signature stage persona. A complete outpouring of raw craziness that he never held back. His characterization was crisp, his delivery dazzled. In a eulogy at his funeral, Steve Harvey describes what became Mac's most suitable spot (headlining) on The Original Kings of Comedy tour back in 2000. "In a relay you … Continue reading “I hate black pepper” – Ode to a comic king