According to sources, The Kings of Comedy tour almost did the unthinkable. Apparently there were plans for Cedric, Steve and D.L. to return to the road when Bernie fell ill, in early 2008. “We tried, we were very close,” Cedric recently told the Huffington Post (In a great article btw). “We had a couple of scripted ideas, and then we had the idea of just getting back together to do a mini-tour. It was right around the time Bernie was ill.” Mac, real name Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, died in August, 2008, aged 50. Tour organizers, including MTV entertained the idea of reuniting the “Original Kings of Comedy,” including the late Bernie Mac, as a hologram. Cedric revealed the Original Kings of Comedy almost had a complete reunion, which would have included a hologram of Bernie Mac.
Wait, what-? Yes, a frickin’ hologram, ala’ Tupac. “It did come about, it was one of those things,” Cedric admitted in a recent interview. “The technology was supposedly getting a lot better, and maybe we would do a short bit where we put Bernie up in this hologram situation. It was gonna be an expensive task.” The hologram of Tupac Shakur that “performed” at Coachella in 2012 costed somewhere between $100,000 and $400,000, according to MTV News.
We can’t speak for everyone, but we’re SO happy that never happened. While technology is moving at an incredible rate of speed, we hope the days of people paying hard earned money to see fake performers never happens, (oh wait, too late), but we digress. The whole hologram thing is creepy and who can really recreate the magic of Bernie Mac? Who’d want to hear a digitized “sum-num-a-bitch?” Like really?
“We tried. We were very close. We had a couple of scripted ideas, and then we had the idea of just getting back together to do a mini-tour,” Cedric continued in the interview released Tuesday. “It was right around the time Bernie [Mac] was ill. A lot of people didn’t know how ill he was. We thought we could squeeze it in, but unfortunately, the timing on that didn’t work out.” After Mac died of pneumonia in 2008, Cedric admitted that the “Original Kings of Comedy” crew from the 2000 film (D.L. Hughley and Steve Harvey) just didn’t feel right moving forward without their friend.
We sure miss Bernie, the world of comedy hasn’t been the same since he left, but please don’t diminish his legacy with cheesy effects and watered down punchlines.