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Do any of you love Norm Macdonald as much as I do? Not many people can make me laugh that much by saying "what?":

 

I do think that any of his talkshow appearances are a lot funnier than his actual standup though.

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I love him, and yeah, I think he's funnier off the cuff and/or playing off of others than with solo, prepared business.

You ever watch his YouTube show Boss?

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Ya I enjoyed most of it, I loved the whole "mangrate" thing and having the guests read jokes. I doubt it's actually coming back though, he didn't seem to have much faith in the show haha.

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Saw him do standup years ago, and he was amazing.  He got on stage super late (we found out right before he showed up that he had horrible food poisoning and they weren't sure if he'd make it).  He looked like shit, pale and sweating from the sickness, and proceeded to absolutely kill it.  His show ended up running about an hour over, with him forcing the people waiting for the next show to stand outside for about 30 minutes while he joked about how pissed off the club owner would be.  It felt like about 25% of the show was prepared jokes, the rest was him riffing on the audience or just asking people to yell out things for him to talk about.

post #5 of 817

Love Norm. Three of my all-time favorite videos to show people are Norm moments. The first is on Youtube, the others I just have to link to.

 

 

The Moth Joke

 

The Saget Roast

 

Destroys me every single time. Nobody fully commits to a bit quite like Norm.

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This gives me yet another opportunity in this forum area to say that "Me Doing Standup" is one of my favorite specials of the last few years. It used to be on Netflix, but I think Comedy Central may have removed it. It's fantastic.

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This gives me yet another opportunity in this forum area to say that "Me Doing Standup" is one of my favorite specials of the last few years. It used to be on Netflix, but I think Comedy Central may have removed it. It's fantastic.

 

Yes. The long and winding serial killer bit absolutely killed me.

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This gives me yet another opportunity in this forum area to say that "Me Doing Standup" is one of my favorite specials of the last few years. It used to be on Netflix, but I think Comedy Central may have removed it. It's fantastic.

Oh I'll have to check that out. That and Dirty Work I guess, I haven't seen it.

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You gotta watch both of those as soon as possible.

 

Bummer he lost interest in his podcast. Even more depressing to think he was supposedly right on the verge of getting Robert Blake as a guest.

 

I know he wasn't too enthused about doing impressions, but he really did them well:

post #10 of 817
Yeah, he probably could've hooked up with Nick DiPaolo and Artie Lange at some point. Letterman might've even thrown him a bone. But those six or eight podcast episodes are gold, like the Joe Namath show or something.
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I'm not sure how many times I've seen Dirty Work, but it probably qualifies as unhealthy. I was so frustrated when his podcast went on hiatus so quickly, too--it felt like he was just starting to get some momentum going after so many failed projects. His sketch comedy album, Ridiculous, has more hits than misses too, especially the story of history's first two gay men and the origin of the Fantastic Four. He wrote a couple of gambling columns for Grantland that are worth a read, too. I've been having to skim past his Twitter feed lately though, because I haven't seen all of Breaking Bad and it's been all discussion about it for a few weeks.

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The Saget Roast

 

Until his death, Giraldo was effortlessly the "winner" of all those Comedy Channel roasts, but Norm's set during the Saget roast was just a delight.  I know considerable material gets cut from these specials (not just from broadcast versions), but Norm's supposedly got positively butchered.

 

I'd just like to express a sentiment I know a lot of you have my back on: Dirty Work is a criminally underrated comedy.

 

Then there's this story:

 

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The Saget Roast was comedy gold. I was howling with laughter over "You're a fuckin' dogface!" and "Your face looks like a flower. Yeah! Cauliflower!"

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Or how about the time Regis screwed Norm out of a million bucks...

 

 

 

If that was me, I'd be waiting for Regis with a Louisville Slugger...

 

I guess one rumour is he and Adam Eget are working on a screenplay.  If it's some twisted, fucked-up version of Norm's life, part Hangover, part Rounders, part The Gambler, like one of his Grantland posts come to life, count me in...

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I guess one rumour is he and Adam Eget are working on a screenplay.  If it's some twisted, fucked-up version of Norm's life, part Hangover, part Rounders, part The Gambler, like one of his Grantland posts come to life, count me in...

 

I'd love to see Macdonald do a version of THE GAMBLER. Though hopefully they'll correct that bit where James Caan bets $45,000 (1974 money too!) on 3 college basketball games and then assumes he won because his teams were up at halftime. Good movie, but I never understood that nonsense.

 

Wish I could find video of the time he did Clint Eastwood on Inside the Actors Studio. Norm did a masterful riff on Clint's "ugliest goddamn bitches" line from WHITE HUNTER BLACK HEART.

 

At least I found the Stallone car accident sketch:

 

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5148538/stallone_on_snl_1997_car_accident_skit/

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Until his death, Giraldo was effortlessly the "winner" of all those Comedy Channel roasts, but Norm's set during the Saget roast was just a delight.  I know considerable material gets cut from these specials (not just from broadcast versions), but Norm's supposedly got positively butchered.

 

You can see a bunch of the cut material (I'm not sure if it's all of it) at Funny Or Die. It's kind of amazing seeing the slow build of it. The first couple jokes get this kind of polite laughter from the crowd, but then it starts getting real quiet after each joke. At about the time he makes the "this man is for the birds" joke about Giraldo and gives the super-long pause, people start to get what he's doing. It's this fantastic mix of most of the crowd being befuddled, and most of the dais loving it. It's so, so good. I also like that his comments at the end actually seemed heartfelt, Saget seemed legitimately touched.

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Probably many of you don't know it, but Norm used to be the anchor of the news segment on Saturday Night Live.

I was watching one night and I forgot what prompted it (a loud noise off screen I believe) but Norm stopped and

said in a medium loud, easily understood voice ' 'the fuck was that?..'

 

He wasn't in the rest of the show after the next commercial break and he was never on the show again.

 

He said FUCK live on network TV and had trouble getting work afterwards.

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I thought the story was that he pissed off the head of NBC by refusing to stop making "OJ got away with murder" jokes.

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I think there was more to it. Don Ohlmeyer didn't think much of Norm's rabbi, Jim Downey, and Norm didn't win any fans with the former ABC sports man with his relentless assaults on the Juice.

But IIRC his departure from SNL wasn't immediate; in any event he returned a year or two later to host.
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 I thought the story was that he pissed off the head of NBC by refusing to stop making "OJ got away with murder" jokes.

I saw it live, and was shocked. They quickly went to commercial after he said it.

You don't say FUCK on live network TV and survive, you are history.

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I'd love to see Macdonald do a version of THE GAMBLER. Though hopefully they'll correct that bit where James Caan bets $45,000 (1974 money too!) on 3 college basketball games and then assumes he won because his teams were up at halftime. Good movie, but I never understood that nonsense.

 

Wish I could find video of the time he did Clint Eastwood on Inside the Actors Studio. Norm did a masterful riff on Clint's "ugliest goddamn bitches" line from WHITE HUNTER BLACK HEART.

 

At least I found the Stallone car accident sketch:

 

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5148538/stallone_on_snl_1997_car_accident_skit/

Nice find, I've been wanting to see that Stallone video for a while.

 

Some of these Dennis Miller clips are hilarious, there's a great joke about thanksgiving in there although I can't remember which clip is which.

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He did let an f-bomb slip but that didn't play a part in the firing. Ohlmeyer didn't fire him for that because he knew it wasn't on purpose. It was him being buds with O.J. and not liking how Macdonald and Jim Downey were treating Update that did him in. He felt Macdonald and Downey were doing the news for themselves instead of for the audience. Though that's why it was so funny.

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It was old-school, 80s-Letterman style all the way, right down to staring at the camera at the viewer at home.
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*smacking gum* "So uh, what kind of car does this guy drive?"

The whole skit is great, but Norm's contribution (Burt Reynolds auditioning for Vader) in the SNL "Star Wars Auditions" bit is gold.

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The Burt Reynolds audition for PULP FICTION was also grand. "Is this whole movie about burgers?"

 

Here's his fantastic spot on Letterman right after being canned from Update, with bonus hilarious Bill Cosby story:

 

 

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I couldn't find the video, but Norm as Burt Reynolds on the Barbara Walters special after his Oscar nomination for BOOGIE NIGHTS was amazing.

 

"Burt, now that your career is rejuvenated, what will you do next?"
"Car picture with Dom Deluise."

 

Then leaves to go to the bathroom, only to step back on camera to get a newspaper off the table.

post #28 of 817

One of the things I love about Norm is his admiration for the old school broadcasters - Larry King, the late Tom Snyder, even (now) Letterman.

 

Here he is when Snyder was filling in one of the nights when Letterman was off getting his chest cracked open:

 

 

I like how the fat guy he is talking about to Snyder is clearly Artie Lange.

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I couldn't find the video, but Norm as Burt Reynolds on the Barbara Walters special after his Oscar nomination for BOOGIE NIGHTS was amazing.

 

"Burt, now that your career is rejuvenated, what will you do next?"
"Car picture with Dom Deluise."

 

Then leaves to go to the bathroom, only to step back on camera to get a newspaper off the table.


As the wife and I were drifting off to sleep last night, I thought about this and started laughing my ass off, completely waking both of us up. If she leaves me, I blame this thread.

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Saw him do standup years ago, and he was amazing.  He got on stage super late (we found out right before he showed up that he had horrible food poisoning and they weren't sure if he'd make it).  He looked like shit, pale and sweating from the sickness, and proceeded to absolutely kill it.  His show ended up running about an hour over, with him forcing the people waiting for the next show to stand outside for about 30 minutes while he joked about how pissed off the club owner would be.  It felt like about 25% of the show was prepared jokes, the rest was him riffing on the audience or just asking people to yell out things for him to talk about.

I LOVE Norm MacDonald and was thrilled when I got to see him live about 5 years ago.  My face hurt from laughing the entire time.  He started on time and didn't go long, but it was one of the funniest shows I've ever seen.  There were times where I was one of the only ones laughing, and it was typically during his funniest stuff, which always has a lot to do with his delivery.  And the best part for me is that I was so busy enjoying it all that I only remembered one or two bits after the fact.  I could probably watch the same show again and not realize it.

post #31 of 817
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Someone finally uploaded the full video of Norm on the Youtube Comedy Week! I had heard about this disaster but all the footage seemed to be purged immediately.

 

 

 

 

This is almost hard to watch, Norm immediately derails the show and his two co-hosts don't know if they should play along or stick to the script.


Edited by bosskplissken - 12/27/13 at 8:08pm
post #32 of 817
"People always fuckin' wanna murder Hitler with their time machine, right? But I feel if I got back there I would be afraid of falling under the spell of his fuckin' beautiful eyes."

That man is a national treasure.
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So it looks like Norm fans have good news on two fronts.  First of all, he's writing his memoirs; secondly, his podcast is returning.  I guess the former had something to do with the latter disappearing.  Actually, I think his podcast would have been back up as early as next week - but his first guest, Artie Lange, wound up in the hospital in Detroit last week.

 

In any event, here's the pilot episode to one of his earlier endeavours.

 

 

Hopefully we get that podcast back up and running pretty soon.

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oops, wrong thread....

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Yay.:)

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Ray Romano is the first guest.  Adam Sandler and Bob Saget following.  Not bad. 

post #37 of 817

Awesome news. It's this May 12th, right? Awesome.

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Great news, best comedian out there for my money.

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Up in half an hour, or 6 pm PDT.  If I have the math right.  Which I may very well have not.

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I don't know what this says about me, but I'm more excited about the return of this damn podcast than Godzilla or any of the big summer releases.

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Norm's dropped a few pounds.  Looks good.

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"I got two dogs. I borrowed them from Elayne Boosler."

 

"God kept saying there was gonna be a fucking flood."

 

"Meanwhile, I'm about to murder him."

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Wow I didn't know Romano lost to Geechy Guy on Star Search.

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"Katie Couric's husband dies from it, and then Regis is like "AAAHHH, I'm not getting one.""

 

Just found out Norm's going to be doing a show here in September. Only other time I was going to see him, he canceled the show, so keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

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Wow I didn't know Romano lost to Geechy Guy on Star Search.

I saw Geechy Guy at Zanies a couple of years. Still Geechin'.

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Did a little reading up on Geechy last evening, as I'm one to do. Guess he went pretty far on America's Got Talent a few years back.

 

God bless him, Guy had me in stitches when I was 10. Hope he still tosses joke grenades. Great hook.

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When I saw him, I was really hoping for joke grenades. Nope. I was genuinely disappointed.

 

He was actually the feature act that night, and sadly, I can't remember the headliner. I think it was some popular regional guy.

 

 

One track, one hour. 

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When I saw him, I was really hoping for joke grenades.

 

That's too bad. It's show business, Geechy. Give us what we want.

post #50 of 817

Norm on the Dan Patrick show this morning. Currently losing my mind listening to Norm do his Bill Cosby impression.

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