Aug 17 2008
Bernie Mac funeral - view from the seats

Bernie Mac’s Funeral: “The Hottest Ticket in Town”

Nearly seven thousand people showed up yesterday to give respects to Bernie Mac at his funeral service at House of Hope Church in Chicago, IL. People start arriving around 7:45 a.m; the ceremony started at noon and ended shortly before 4pm. Among the celebrity faces in attendance were Don Cheadle, Chris Rock, Salli Richardson, Samuel Jackson,..

Bernie Mac funeral - Bruce Bruce shaking hands

comedians George Wallace and Bruce Bruce, radio host Tom Joyner,..

Bernie Mac funeral - Kelita, Bruce Bruce shaking hands

the cast of The Bernie Mac Show (Dee Dee Davis, Camille Winbush, Jeremy Suarez and Kelita Smith), and of course Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and DL Hughley << his brothers from the Original Kings of Comedy.

With comedians in the house there was no way jokes weren’t going to be dished out to lighten the mood. According to the Chicago Tribune, Cedric the Entertainer was the first to speak and acknowledged the mass of people that showed up.. “This dude,” said the comedian and actor, “is a very, very popular guy. You know y’all were like, ‘Let me get four tickets to the funeral!’ He’s still the hottest ticket in town!”

Steve Harvey..

Bernie Mac funeral - Steve Harvey in cool out shades

He told how Mac, formidable at 6-foot-3 and built like a football player, Bernie Mac would pat the guys on their butts to encourage them before performances. “But Bernie was heavy-handed. He had real strong hands, and they were cupped all like this,” Harvey said, demonstrating Mac’s hands while the audience howled in laughter…

“I’ll see you soon, Bernie,” Harvey said, looking upward, then with perfect timing: “Well, I don’t want to see you too soon.”

Notes were read from those who couldn’t make it: Oprah Winfrey, Barack and Michelle Obama, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Andy Garcia, and more.

Bernie Mac’s favorite singer Rachelle Ferrell sang a tribute to Bernie and Isaac Hayes. This is NOT THAT performance, but when a new name shows up on your musical radar, aren’t you interested in what they look like and how they sound?

Rachelle Ferrell - ” I Can Explain” (Live)

Wow. Understandable how she was his favorite.

Bernie Mac funeral - kids in Bernie Mac t-shirts

The shorties speak for us all. On the other side brotha.
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Images:(Warner/Wireimage)

☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 Special Report Sun, Aug 17, 2008 - 8:49 pm

Rest in peace Bernie Mac more funeral pictures at http://specialreport.com/bernie-mac-funeral-pictures/

2 S. Quick Mon, Aug 18, 2008 - 1:39 pm

Bernie Mac will truly be missed.  He brought a lot of laughter and entertainment into many lives.

3 Diamond J Mon, Aug 18, 2008 - 3:01 pm

The Mack will definitely be missed….Heaven has just gotten a lot funnier

4 wandawoman Mon, Aug 18, 2008 - 10:37 pm

Thanks for the information, you’ve done well.

Just wanted to say also that Rachelle Farrell is not new by a long shot.  She has been rocking it for a long time.  One of the best.

5 bee Tue, Aug 19, 2008 - 2:24 am

hella funny bernie mac

6 bee Tue, Aug 19, 2008 - 2:25 am

this is hella funny bernie mac

7 iota phi theta - cleveland Tue, Aug 19, 2008 - 3:18 pm

when bernie crossed over to eternity i bet he looked around and said “I AINT SCARED OF YOU MUTHAFUCKAS”

8 Ebby Wed, Aug 20, 2008 - 3:18 am

Love you Unk Mac.RIP

9 april Thu, Aug 21, 2008 - 12:50 pm

bernie made me cry even when i was downhe made my day when i watched the bernie mac show. He was my favorite comedian in the world. I cried and said, he is going to have the heavens laughing out loud.  R.I.P. Bernie Mac you will truly be missed in my heart.

10 Moe Sun, Aug 24, 2008 - 6:07 pm

R.I.P. Bernie Mac, we will miss you.

11 shareeda Sun, Sep 07, 2008 - 6:43 pm

bernie mac will be truly missed,my prayers go out to his wife and daughter.

12 brandon smith Mon, Sep 22, 2008 - 3:58 pm

r.ip mac

13 Brandon Walker Mon, Jun 15, 2009 - 1:10 am

Who ya wit??? i was wit Bernie al the way! He was like a role model to me and we share the same bday! R.I.P Bernard J. McCullough

14 kijuan smith Mon, May 03, 2010 - 3:13 pm

i loved the new movie soul man but he will be missed love gose out to u Bernie mac R.I.P

15 diamin nelson Fri, Aug 06, 2010 - 7:13 pm

well we will all remember nernie mac in our hearts nnd i will alwayz watch hys shows well rest in peace

16 kaylin Mon, Oct 18, 2010 - 5:14 pm

i fael bad for his lost and his family .let him live free in paece*.

17 niecey Sat, Nov 27, 2010 - 12:27 pm

ily nd imy Bernie Mac.yu were funny as hell nd as of rite now im watching ur show.rest in peace

18 ro-ro Tue, Jan 18, 2011 - 10:22 am

I CANT BELIEVE HE DIED BUT HOW DID HE

19 LegallyNobody Tue, Mar 01, 2011 - 1:04 am

Still missing you. Hope to meet you in the ressurection. Though the void can never be filled I hope your loved ones find peace until you meet again. God has promised it!

20 ALISHA MARVELS Sat, Jun 11, 2011 - 12:14 pm

I MISS YU BERNIE YU WAS A GREAT AND FUNNY PERSON HOPED I COULD HAVE MET YU IN THE LONG RUN BUT EVERYTHING HAPPEN FOR A REASON AND THINGS HAPPEN EVERYDAY!!!! #YU ARE SOOOOO BLESSED

21 OSIRIS Thu, Feb 16, 2012 - 9:44 am

WELCOME TO THE GOD RELM BROTHER MACK BUT WHY THE HELL YOU GOT ON ALL BLACK UP HERE DAM WE GOT TO CHANGE THE DAM DRESS CODE ROBIN HARRIS ASKED ABOUT YOU HE’S OVER THERE….......DARKLORD

22 LADY KATHERINE Sun, Mar 18, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Bernie Mack,

Will always be in my heart he was a down to earth uncle on The Bernie Show, he was a sure delight in my eyes I miss him. I look at all of his reruns on BET every morning in CA before I go to work. We wasn’t aware of his illness. He will never be fogotten in my home. Bernie Mack is in Jesus Christ healing arms. We all Love him so.

23 JOE Fri, Mar 08, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Bernie Mac = funny as hell

24 simon simmons Sun, Apr 12, 2015 - 1:56 pm

That man is still my hero it makes me cry that he’s gone.

25 Jet Sun, Apr 26, 2015 - 7:48 am

I still miss B-Mac, and I always will.  Love his style of comedy, love hearing him tell it like it is.

26 Audrey Glass Thu, Jun 11, 2015 - 8:44 pm

I love Bernie Mac soooo much he makes my day here in Atlanta watch his show every day rest in paradise you sre trully missed

27 Neika Fri, Jun 19, 2015 - 8:41 pm

Man tbh , this shit depressing asl man . Like real shit i fxcks w/ mac tha lonnngggg way . Matter of fact i’m watching his show right now . You will be truly missed

28 Neika Fri, Jun 19, 2015 - 8:43 pm

You will be truly missed

29 Tim McCraw Sun, Jul 05, 2015 - 10:35 pm

One of the greatest comedians in history, and a clean one, too.

30 belong2jesus Wed, Jul 22, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Just watch unsung on tvone gone but not forgotten.. long live your soul!! mr. soul man himself.. love you bernie mac! you are greatly missed.my heart still goes out to your loving family. I aint scared of you mofo-er’s

31 wendi Sat, Sep 19, 2015 - 3:06 pm

It’s 2015, and I’m still missing your special, wonderful comedy….You left us way too soon, God only knows. Blessings on your family.

32 Brenda Johnson Wed, Nov 11, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Iam a big fan of Bernie Mac.I watch his show every day at 7:00 oclock.I miss u Bernie u are one of my favorite Comedians.R.I.P.Mac Man

33 trina spikes Sun, Dec 27, 2015 - 6:07 pm

Bernie mac may ur soul rest in peace   the world will miss u truly may god take care of u in heaven

34 Keith Mullins Sun, Feb 28, 2016 - 4:49 am

You still bring laughter in our home, watching your episodes with my grandsons. Love ya Mac!!

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