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Life's final common denominator is death, but Bernie Mac was fighting to live as long as he could. I’m a witness.
In October of 2005, I was riding a wave of success. I had just completed the first season of “1st Amendment Stand-Up” for the Starz Network earlier that year.
Starz was a small premium network that very few people had heard of at the time and this would be their first original program. It was a small budget stand-up comedy series that I hosted, created and produced with a good friend of mine named Robert Markovich. (We added Mike Hare and Jack Gindi. There was also my original partner with whom I have since had a contentious split from; for that reason, he shall remain nameless — that’s another story I will tell one day. Martin Lawrence join us the second season.) We had gotten investors to put up around $400K to shoot 10 episodes for Starz in a Licensing agreement deal. Upon finishing the post-production, we were getting ready to do a small premiere of the series in Hollywood, Ca.
Around that time, a good friend of mine, Roger Nygard, called and asked me to come in and audition for a TV show he was directing. I had met Roger a few years prior when I was a series regular and he was an editor on the HBO Show “Mind of a Married Man.” He was now directing an episode of “The Bernie Mac Show.” There was a character in the script he thought would be perfect for me: Alex The Repairman.
Roger sent me the script and my lovely wife Ada Luz Pla-Williams, who is also my acting coach, helped prepare me for the audition. When I arrived to audition, I learned that Warren Hutcherson was now an executive producer on the show and would also be sitting in on the audition along with the rest of the producers.
Warren was a former comedian I highly admired. He had one of my favorite sets on “Def Comedy Jam” back in the day. Go YouTube him on Def Jam to see what I’m talking about.
Once I learned he was going to watch my audition, I got nervous. Needless to say; I botched the audition. Fortunately, Roger convinced the producers...go to www.facebook.com/DougWilliamsfanpage to FINISH IT