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Celebrate Bernie Mac At A Tribute Show With The Laugh Factory In Lakeview

The late Chicago comedian's foundation is sponsoring the event that promises a night of comedy with special guests.

A “Bernie Mac Birthday Tribute” show is happening at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Laugh Factory in Lakeview.
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LAKEVIEW — Fans of the late comedian Bernie Mac can pay tribute to him this weekend at a special tribute show.

A “Bernie Mac Birthday Tribute” show, presented by the Bernie Mac Foundation and the Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway in Lakeview, is happening at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The show will coincide with what would have been Mac’s (short for McCullough) 62nd birthday. Mac died in 2008 after a bout with pneumonia exacerbated by Mac’s rare condition known as Sarcoidosis.

“This will be an evening of laughter, the way my late husband would have wanted,” said Rhonda McCullough, Mac’s widow who is also the CEO of The Bernie Mac Foundation.

McCullough runs the foundation that Mac created to help others diagnosed with Sarcoidosis. The show is promised to include visits from surprise guests.

Tickets, $25 for general admission and $32 for VIP tickets, are for sale online.

Mac, a Chicago native, grew up in Englewood. He worked many jobs in Chicago before his comedy career took off, when record executive and film producer Russell Simmons gave Mac a role on his TV show Def Comedy Jam.

Even after his celebrity was established, Mac continued living in Chicago, where he had a passion for working with Chicago’s youth.

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