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  • R.I.P. Norm MacDonald

    Norm MacDonald is dead at age 61.
    "Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.- - Ray Bradbury

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    Norm had his own TV show (a sitcom) for a couple of years around the turn of the millennium. I thought it was pretty good, as those things go. I remember him vaguely from Saturday Night Live, but that show became unwatchable (with a few exceptional skits) in the early 1980s. Norm was a little younger than I would have guessed. When I say "unwatchable," I mean totally cringe-worthy.

    "The fact that you have seen professionals write poorly is no reason for you to imitate them." - ComicBent.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ComicBent View Post
      Norm had his own TV show (a sitcom) for a couple of years around the turn of the millennium. I thought it was pretty good, as those things go. I remember him vaguely from Saturday Night Live, but that show became unwatchable (with a few exceptional skits) in the early 1980s. Norm was a little younger than I would have guessed. When I say "unwatchable," I mean totally cringe-worthy.
      I likened Norm MacDonald's humor as something akin to what a modern Pat Paulsen might be like (I hope you don't mind the comparison, Norm). The Saturday Night Live “Jeopardy” sketches were great.

      https://youtu.be/bEghu90QJH4

      The show (Saturday Night Live) had its lulls over the years as one might imagine they would, but overall I'm glad it has remained on the air. Each weekend of its seasons, it has been a welcome respite from the psychologically debilitating effects of national news coverage.

      The thing I admire most about Norm MacDonald was his strength of character and backbone to stand up to NBC’s Don Ohlmeyer—a friend of O.J. Simpson at the time of Simpson’s murder trial—for trying to squelch MacDonald's “Weekend Update” commentary on Simpson.

      https://youtu.be/TCSCJtuyfUY
      Last edited by Clint Hill; Yesterday, 06:50 PM.
      "Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.- - Ray Bradbury

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      • #4
        Norm was best on talk shows. I was just watching clips of him on youtube days ago. He was a comic that made other comics laugh is how you knew he was pure funny.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKmadR4Ye54

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        • #5
          Real sad to that he left us so early. I was listening to Bob Sagets video talking about him and Norm, I never knew they'd known eachother for over 40 years. Was hard to listen to some of it because you can hear the pain in his voice and it occasionally breaking but its interesting to hear him share the side of Norm we the audience doesn't see. The guy who loved intelligence, being a father, and just making people laugh as opposed to his impish stage persona. Bobs story about him bringing Norm over to his folks place for a weekend and hanging out with his parents, daughters, nieces and nephews and Norm taking a moment to thank everyone at the end of the weekend for welcoming him into their house and enjoying their company was very sweet.

          Bob didn't know Norm had cancer either. He said he knew a month ago something was wrong, but that was it. Its touching, but it also cuts a lot of onions at the end.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEYu-7BkNDM

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