It took decades for Bernie Mac to become one of America's highest-paid comedy performers, selling out arenas with his irreverent brand of humor. Having started out in small clubs in his hometown of Chicago, the veteran comic now has his own TV series (entering its fourth season) and a burgeoning film career.
Mac earned his stripes, spending two decades perfecting his craft on the road and building a solid, supportive fan base. It has only been in the past four years that the former Southside resident has captured Hollywood's attention and begun to reap the fruits of his labor. Far from bitter, the 45-year-old Mac finds his belated success all the sweeter because he is mature and humble enough to appreciate it.