Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

blog-mhThe passing of the man who went from an overachieving Midwestern kid to the definition of global pop stardom is an indefinable event: Initial impressions were posted last week by some STOP SMILING regular contributors, including Michael A. Gonzales (read here) and Hua Hsu (read here); and though the tragedies of Michael’s last two decades — the flipside to the stunning work and iconography produced from the late Sixties until his peak in the mid-Eighties — were often the source of wholesale mockery, we’ve compiled here a few classic moments of comedians celebrating the humanity and lighter side of the Jackson phenomenon, including early Eddie Murphy (view), Chris Tucker (view) and Dave Chappelle (view).