Norm Macdonald Returns to Television!

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Tonight, on A Minute With Stan Hooper.
It's on the Fox Network though, just like four of my other favourite sitcoms of the last five years, The Tick, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Wanda at Large (which is very imperfect, but I love Wanda) and Bernie Mac.
Only one of these is still on the schedule (what's up with Wanda? I don't know, I don't have any channels anyhow and have to rely on friends and family to tape shows for me), the first two having fallen to the low-cost and high-returns of Reality TV (mostly Amer. Idol and Tempt. Island).
So maybe we shouldn't get too attached to the new show. But it's good to have Norm back. I hope it's as good as his ABC show was.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 15:13 (seventeen years ago) link

I'll take ape-tit for $400.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 15:17 (seventeen years ago) link

nice.

Catty (Catty), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 15:24 (seventeen years ago) link

I envy your exclamation mark.

Aimless, Wednesday, 29 October 2003 15:29 (seventeen years ago) link

"I'm not gay, so I don't know much about Broadway musicals." - while a contestant on the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" celebrity episode that aired on August 5, 2001.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 15:47 (seventeen years ago) link

All the regular paedophiles are laughing at me...

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 15:53 (seventeen years ago) link

I've never been a big fan of the guy (though his Letterman impersonation on SNL was spectacular) but I caught him on Conan last night and he was really funny and weird--he basically told two very long old jokes. He just went on and on.

s1utsky (slutsky), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 16:18 (seventeen years ago) link

he is a hilarious guy, and I think that doesn't always come across when he's trying to act.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 17:43 (seventeen years ago) link

he also shows very very poor choice in roles

s1utsky (slutsky), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 17:45 (seventeen years ago) link

What are you talking about? Screwed was excellent. You can actually pinpoint the exact moment when everyone involved gives up on the movie.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 17:50 (seventeen years ago) link

i used to be a huge fan of norm's. i still find him funny but it's easier to get consumed by his humor the younger you are. anyhow, i went to see his stand up one night at a club and we sat in the v.i.p. section so the club owner brought norm by before the show while we were having dinner. he had this very visible cut on his ear and proceeded to tell us a story about how he noticed his ear was getting hairy and decided to shave his ear with a razor. and he acted it out in his nasally awkward way and it was hilarious. i thought it was so funny. the owner led him to another table and guess what - same story.

comedians = bastards.

Dean Gulberry (deangulberry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 17:59 (seventeen years ago) link

what the hey, Dean, you think that every night they come up with an entirely new 75 minute set of jokes?
Steven Wright told me that he's still doing jokes from as long as 10 years ago.
I try to include at least 50% new material everytime I go onstage, but I only do it about every other month or something.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:01 (seventeen years ago) link

it is not his set that i had issues with. it was hilarious. i was just telling an anecdote about how he went around telling a story that was clearly not "set material" under the guise of it being a legit conversation and then he just went from table to table repating the story verbatim.

his set was gold.

Dean Gulberry (deangulberry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:08 (seventeen years ago) link

what the hey, Dean, you think that every night they come up with an entirely new 75 minute set of jokes?
Steven Wright told me that he's still doing jokes from as long as 10 years ago.
I try to include at least 50% new material everytime I go onstage, but I only do it about every other month or something.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:08 (seventeen years ago) link

what the hey, Horace, you think that every night they come up with an entirely new 75 minute set of jokes?
Bill Hicks told me that he's still doing jokes from as long as 10 years ago.
I try to include at least 50% new material everytime I go onstage, but I only do it about every other month or something.

Dean Gulberry (deangulberry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:12 (seventeen years ago) link

gold, pure comedy gold.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:13 (seventeen years ago) link

comedians = bastards.

Dean Gulberry (deangulberry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:14 (seventeen years ago) link

ovaltine...

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Solid gold bastards.

NA (Nick A.), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:14 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.x-entertainment.com/stuff/l1.jpg

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:16 (seventeen years ago) link

does the woman on the bottom left have a Bolton hairdo?

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:17 (seventeen years ago) link

no, she's just trying not to look at the dude on her rights mangina.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:18 (seventeen years ago) link

I meant bottom right (their left, because I imagined myself in the picture, posing for it, being on their team)

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:20 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah the dude on her right has a mangina too.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:21 (seventeen years ago) link

and she appears to be ready to work the "shocker" on her friend there.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:21 (seventeen years ago) link

I think that woman is a man.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:22 (seventeen years ago) link

she has glow sticks hanging from her ears. or a few pocket vibes.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:23 (seventeen years ago) link

I think all of those women are men.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:23 (seventeen years ago) link

the guy posing on the left says it all.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:24 (seventeen years ago) link

your left or my left?

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Does it matter?

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:25 (seventeen years ago) link

not really. Alfonso Ribiero looks like he's ready.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:27 (seventeen years ago) link

How sharp are the cheekbones of the Black dancer (bottom, left)? I could model, if I had those.

Nichole Graham (Nichole Graham), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:28 (seventeen years ago) link

has anyone seen this show yet? like an advance copy or anything? i wonder if samson from river's edge is funny. he looks like a laughriot.

Dean Gulberry (deangulberry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:28 (seventeen years ago) link

it's on tonight. after that 70s show, whose season premiere is getting a million times more push than stan hooper
I just hope they use the eminem song for the them

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:29 (seventeen years ago) link

http://i.imdb.com/Photos/HH/0736263/dr3.jpg

apparently he was jay leno in the late shift. wow. he must be funny if he can play jay leno.

Dean Gulberry (deangulberry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:30 (seventeen years ago) link

Fred Willard looks entertaining. Per usual.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 18:31 (seventeen years ago) link


Nothing like Fred Willard to kill a thread.

Dean Gulberry (deangulberry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 19:55 (seventeen years ago) link

WHA' HAPPEN????

Fred Willard (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 19:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Ever since I saw the promos for this, early summer, I've been like "Norm McDonald and Fred Willard in a sitcom? TOGETHER? GENIUS!!!"

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 20:14 (seventeen years ago) link


unfortunately you are not 10,000,000 18-34 year old males.

Dean Gulberry (deangulberry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 20:16 (seventeen years ago) link

(checks)Thank god for that.

Nichole Graham (Nichole Graham), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 20:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Dean, your anecdote about Norm at your table raises an interesting question about the degree to which we willingly suspend our disbelief about stand-up being an "act," in light of its direct and frequently personal nature.

I think we want to feel like there's something unique and spontaneous about a stand-up performance, and the comics comply. Bits beginning with "On the way over here..." probably did not take place recently, if they actually happened to the comic at all -- but we think to ourselves, "He just came up with that!" I'm sure stand-ups also have standard comments about audiences they make with EVERY crowd but are delivered in such a way as to seem spontaneous and specific.

I've been hosting this variety show for the last couple of months, and invited back a stand-up comic to test out some new material; in his second appearance, he slipped in some old material that, the second time around, didn't work at all. For instance, his reaction of mock-outrage at one point seemed affected -- and it's because I was aware of it now as an "act."

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 20:33 (seventeen years ago) link


yeah, i was actually going to ask at one point if anyone here knows any comedians, without being a comedian themself. it seems to me that the comedic style of many comes out of this distanced defensive approach of relating to people ... but that it only comes across as charming when on a stage. also, i have no problem with comics making their act seem fresh and topical, but it is rather disconcerting at times to meet a comic and hear them doing bits instead of just conversing like most people do. can you really hold back putting on an act when you get paid to do it? it strikes me most when i see comedians on a talk show because they always try to trot out their new material and force it into coversation and it always appears (to me) so stilted and awkward.

Dean Gulberry (deangulberry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 20:46 (seventeen years ago) link

well, walking around and greeting people in the VIP section can probably be pretty lame most of time, present company excepted.

as for the talk shows, those are SOOOO not-spontaneous. the host is usually just feeding lines to their guests. it's entertainment. the real chitchat happens during the commercials.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 20:58 (seventeen years ago) link

i agree on both, but still ... it's not like it isn't an option to be genuine.

Dean Gulberry (deangulberry), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 21:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, what kills me about comedians on talk shows is the phony set-ups that the hosts give them: like, "Do you, I don't know, have an opinion on the reality TV craze?" "Why, funny you should ask: [launches into bit]..."

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 21:01 (seventeen years ago) link

or, "so I understand you have a new baby and it likes to make poo-poo"

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 21:02 (seventeen years ago) link

it's not like it isn't an option to be genuine.

But in what context? I think what threw you is that you thought that Norm had cast aside his "stage persona" when talking to you off-stage. But suppose he wants to keep it on the entire time he's in the club; no matter where he goes in the club, his role is the performer. Same with on TV talk shows. In other words, it may not be a matter of genuine vs. non-genuine as much as whether you're Norm McDonald or "Norm McDonald."

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 21:08 (seventeen years ago) link

Or maybe what I mean is: it's a conscious decision to stay "in character" rather than an inability to be genuine.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 29 October 2003 21:12 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah wait sandler?

k3vin k., Thursday, 10 October 2019 23:32 (one year ago) link

i suspect Farley would've been right there w them

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Thursday, 10 October 2019 23:34 (one year ago) link

Idk about Farley or Sandler

circa1916, Thursday, 10 October 2019 23:46 (one year ago) link

Oh wait n/m about Sandler, guess he was/is a repub

circa1916, Thursday, 10 October 2019 23:47 (one year ago) link

actually surprised about Lovitz.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 11 October 2019 01:04 (one year ago) link

He has some virulent material in his sets nowadays. Real nasty stuff

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Friday, 11 October 2019 02:09 (one year ago) link

have always basically loathed him

Sandler big Giuliani donor/pal

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 October 2019 02:17 (one year ago) link

just accept that that whole generation of SNL guys were rightwing jerks from the get-go. EVERY SINGLE ONE

Yep, except for Sen. Al Franken (D), though I suppose he was a holdover from the earlier generation. Kevin Nealon seems like a sane person. Not sure about Mike Myers.

Sam Weller, Friday, 11 October 2019 09:34 (one year ago) link

Myers is pretty liberal.

Chris L, Friday, 11 October 2019 13:15 (one year ago) link

I feel like Dana Carvey is but he tiptoes around it

honest to God I'm starting to come around on Lex's fuck comedy thing

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 11 October 2019 13:19 (one year ago) link

Comedy is good, Norm is still funny sometimes, tho I def disagree w him on this

blows with the wind donors (crüt), Friday, 11 October 2019 13:25 (one year ago) link

Yeah, Carvey goes on his mild riffs about "millenials" and how you can't say anything anymore without offending someone!

Sam Weller, Friday, 11 October 2019 13:39 (one year ago) link

Its funny that comedians dont realize how funny it is when they complain about how what audiences find funny has changed

Οὖτις, Friday, 11 October 2019 14:48 (one year ago) link

Like agggh my old jokes dont work anymore, the problem must be ... the audience!

Οὖτις, Friday, 11 October 2019 14:49 (one year ago) link

Dgaf about this guy or his shtick but the moth joke is a stone-cold classic imho.

pomenitul, Friday, 11 October 2019 14:51 (one year ago) link

Carvey boohooed all over Poppy Bush's death bcz they bonded over DC's toothless impression.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 October 2019 15:47 (one year ago) link

moth joke is great
I do wonder about pills he seems really smacked out sometimes

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 11 October 2019 16:03 (one year ago) link

what is moth joek

Οὖτις, Friday, 11 October 2019 16:06 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUjIM-GFWhk

pomenitul, Friday, 11 October 2019 16:10 (one year ago) link

Longer segment and less out of sync:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-MJy7w69EU

pomenitul, Friday, 11 October 2019 16:12 (one year ago) link

haha okay yeah that is good

Οὖτις, Friday, 11 October 2019 16:13 (one year ago) link

That Shane Gillis fireman sketch... WOW, what could’ve been.

Norm’s “I don’t care about politics” line has always been transparent nonsense and I always expected some over the line outburst eventually.

I still think he’s, like, extremely funny sometimes. Though the embarrassment is real, for this sorta thing and the uh blatant abuse of benzos.

circa1916, Saturday, 12 October 2019 03:03 (one year ago) link

"I don't care about politics" is the refrain of every old white guy right before he launches into whining about Colin Kaepernick or immigration.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Saturday, 12 October 2019 04:20 (one year ago) link

norman fucking macdonald

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 18 October 2019 06:44 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8xZQnAnOoE

budo jeru, Saturday, 21 March 2020 22:27 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Well damn.

BREAKING: Norm MacDonald has died "after a long and private battle with cancer"

The influential comedian and former 'SNL' Weekend Update anchor was 61 https://t.co/wSbwGQ8Syp

— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 14, 2021

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 18:32 (four days ago) link

Aw man I loved Norm 😢

DJI, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 18:36 (four days ago) link

more mourning over here: NORM FUCKING MACDONALD

sad day :(

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 19:30 (four days ago) link

aaaaarrghhhh

Sorry, but that is how I feel (Ste), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 19:41 (four days ago) link

this is rough

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:18 (four days ago) link

loved this dude and can’t really think of anyone else who was ever remotely like him

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:18 (four days ago) link

So eh, it appears to me, that Norm Macondald won't be returning to television after all!

pplains, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:33 (four days ago) link

He was great. Just watched his Larry Sanders episode recently (the joke about the homeless guy's dog). Kind of callous, and quite funny.

clemenza, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 22:07 (four days ago) link

One of my favorite Conan moments back in the day.https://t.co/hsSannoQYf

— 38Parrots (@Parrots38) September 14, 2021

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 22:09 (four days ago) link

Lmao

👑 pic.twitter.com/3zTjwW3QbP

— The Moral Vision (@ethanves) September 14, 2021

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 02:25 (three days ago) link

ugh, deeply otm, except for the part where he's humoring everyone by saying that "he likes the show"

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 02:29 (three days ago) link

Lol.

The Bill Clinton murdered a guy thing has just been such a find.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 20:07 (three days ago) link

"the most toothsome dish in all of gastro... nomy."

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 20:32 (three days ago) link

holy shit, is gastronomy where "nom nom nom" comes from

think “Gypsy-Pixie” and misspelled. (We are a white family.) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 20:43 (three days ago) link

I mean no of course not

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 20:53 (three days ago) link

Norm on the Clintons:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CT2EXaDj0lt/

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 16 September 2021 01:35 (two days ago) link

this is deeply funny
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnmplSPgwEQ

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Thursday, 16 September 2021 15:13 (two days ago) link

Larry King is such a perfect foil for him, he's so naturally gullible

frogbs, Thursday, 16 September 2021 15:15 (two days ago) link

The way he says, "Watch it, buddy" at the end had me in stitches last night.

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Thursday, 16 September 2021 15:40 (two days ago) link

King's initial reaction when he thinks he's got a scoop!

Taliban! (PBKR), Thursday, 16 September 2021 16:43 (two days ago) link


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