NORM FUCKING MACDONALD

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Norm Macdonald rises each
morning with the sun, grabs his .223-caliber rifle and slips into
the passenger seat of a tiny, doorless helicopter for another day
of shooting pigs.

rasheed wallace (rasheed wallace), Monday, 2 May 2005 17:20 (sixteen years ago) link

hey, ya got any gum?

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Monday, 2 May 2005 18:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Can't he be sent back to Canada? Wouldn't his gambling problem be enough to revoke his alien resident status?

Leonard Thompson (Grodd), Monday, 2 May 2005 18:53 (sixteen years ago) link

so dope

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 2 May 2005 19:05 (sixteen years ago) link

HEY I CUT MY EAR. I WAS TRYING TO CUT MY EAR HAIR WITH A STRAIGHT RAZOR AND I CUT MY EAR THERE.

COCK.

Actor Sizemore fails drug test with fake penis (jingleberries), Monday, 2 May 2005 19:31 (sixteen years ago) link

haha i was going to tell that story

Andre Dawson (deangulberry), Monday, 2 May 2005 19:32 (sixteen years ago) link

i think this would be the right time for me to locate that picture where i'm drunkenly rubbing laurie metcalf's back

Andre Dawson (deangulberry), Monday, 2 May 2005 19:33 (sixteen years ago) link

"Oh come on. You know the president's a murderer, right?"

Hurting (Hurting), Monday, 2 May 2005 21:41 (sixteen years ago) link

i think this would be the right time for me to locate that picture where i'm drunkenly rubbing laurie metcalf's back
-- Andre Dawson (power.strik...), May 2nd, 2005.

FUCKIN A.

ddb (ddb), Monday, 2 May 2005 22:27 (sixteen years ago) link

UHHH... GOT AANY GUM

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 2 May 2005 22:28 (sixteen years ago) link

search on p2p: dennis miller live norm macdonald smoking

Sébastien Chikara (Sébastien Chikara), Monday, 2 May 2005 22:36 (sixteen years ago) link

caitlin, cutty otm

mark p (Mark P), Monday, 2 May 2005 22:48 (sixteen years ago) link

four years pass...

he was splitting my sides so hard on that bob saget roast

andrew m., Friday, 23 October 2009 16:50 (eleven years ago) link

<3 Norm.

bear say hi to me (ENBB), Friday, 23 October 2009 16:53 (eleven years ago) link

saw him a month ago and he was as great as ever

richard belzer (jeff), Friday, 23 October 2009 17:05 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

norm's on conan wednesday

game over drunk man (jeff), Monday, 23 November 2009 20:05 (eleven years ago) link

nice

also, keep mistaking that cd for this one, which it is not

http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/000/020/0000002074_350.jpg

iiiijjjj, Monday, 23 November 2009 20:38 (eleven years ago) link

four years pass...

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/normcore-norm-macdonalds-quest-to-host-the-late-late-show-20140602

Hope this actually happens. He's hilarious on talk shows.

Dreamland, Sunday, 8 June 2014 22:15 (seven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mhUIIhcTb8

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 27 May 2015 03:58 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

http://www.vulture.com/2016/09/norm-macdonald-book-snl.html

Dude is ice cold damm

yolo mostly (sleepingbag), Saturday, 24 September 2016 04:49 (four years ago) link

http://imgur.com/a/gpSOl

del griffith, Saturday, 24 September 2016 04:58 (four years ago) link

don't even know how to do the imgur anymore, feel old, feel out of touch, feel like Norm

http://i.imgur.com/YJknJe5.jpg?1

del griffith, Saturday, 24 September 2016 04:59 (four years ago) link

i like norm a lot but the idea that there is a big mystery around why he never hit it big post-snl isnt really that much of a mystery. like i would think of this as peak norm but how the hell would this fit into a sitcom or whatever?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9czoezm2vqw

ælərdaɪs (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 24 September 2016 07:47 (four years ago) link

i love this guy so much

you can't drowned a duck (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 24 September 2016 07:53 (four years ago) link

so much i ripped off half my posting persona from him

you can't drowned a duck (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 24 September 2016 07:53 (four years ago) link

very strange moving to canada and finding his brother is the washington correspondent for the cbc and has a significant family resemblance

ælərdaɪs (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 24 September 2016 07:56 (four years ago) link

seems strange he never became the crux of an adult swim cartoon
well, i mean there's the mike tyson thing but he's not the crux i guess

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Monday, 26 September 2016 03:37 (four years ago) link

his sitcoms weren't great but were better than a handful of sitcoms that have made it. totally the wrong format for him, though.

rewatched Dirty Work a couple weeks ago and it held up better than expected, with the exception of some truly 90s musical cues

dr. mercurio arboria (mh 😏), Monday, 26 September 2016 14:12 (four years ago) link

love this, on being on Fallon same night as Trump:

Did you meet him?
Well, what happened was, after the show, he came out and was just standing there. So I said, "Mr. Trump, a picture?" And he said, "You betcha. Just give me a minute." Then he turns and walks down the hall, all the way to the other end, and gets on the elevator. "Just give me a minute," and then he leaves the building. It was hilarious, like a Buster Keaton movie or something.

andrew m., Monday, 26 September 2016 14:14 (four years ago) link

in light of the new Sully movie I rewatched his appearance on Conan where he gets the early rights to the movie and holy hell is that funny

frogbs, Monday, 26 September 2016 14:50 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

“So, anyways, the guy dies, and then Chekhov continues the story. They put him in a kind of duffelbag, a sack, and throw him overboard. He sinks in the ocean, his dead body. And one fish grazes against him, rips the sack, and his body tumbles out, and a bunch of minnows come and eat little bits of him. And a big fish comes and takes away his legs, and that’s the end.” (Some of these details are not in the original.)

nice

frogbs, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 12:47 (four years ago) link

“That bird almost hit me in the face, like Fabio on the roller coaster,” he said.

rolling auto-loon (PappaWheelie V), Tuesday, 11 October 2016 12:53 (four years ago) link

And I like bleakness, because I grew up in a bleak area,” he said. (In Quebec, then Ontario.)

huh. Quebec was once ONtario?!

andrew m., Tuesday, 11 October 2016 20:28 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

his show is on amazon prime now.

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Monday, 6 March 2017 00:09 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-jfLIssw0E

Wes Brodicus, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 20:14 (four years ago) link

Excited about this, was there any explanation why it just disappeared after two episodes last year?

devvvine, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 20:20 (four years ago) link

apparently it's the obvious answer of funding:

https://www.reddit.com/r/NormMacdonald/comments/6moz6n/lets_hear_it_for_daniel_kellison_master_negotiator/dk4tr5n/

devvvine, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 20:27 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqECl-5BiA4

i found this to be a very unique and interesting interview. he goes really in-depth into spirituality and philosophy. cool stuff, some of it ends up in his work. there was a bit towards the end of his Netflix special where he talks about his love for his dog that i found very profound.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 21:33 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

What is wrong with Norm, he seems very very slow lately.

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:03 (four years ago) link

the true damage caused by Louis CK and podcast creating this world where we take nightclub comedians seriously as big philosophers cannot be calculated. if that wasn't Norm you'd be lil lol my Uncle Steve on Facebook get a load of this

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:16 (four years ago) link

yeah, Louis CK was the first comedian ppl thought might have something interesting to say.

circa1916, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:23 (four years ago) link

There was a question on Reddit yesterday (maybe deleted, I can't find it), which said that comedians are often philosophers. They said three names, but I only remember that two of them were Bill Hicks and George Carlin. I don't even think Hicks is a comedian, but ymmv - but these are the guys whose fault it is.

Eallach mhór an duine leisg (dowd), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:29 (four years ago) link

Lenny Bruce? Not stand-up, but some of Chaplin's film stuff? Comedy as a kind of "truth telling" is old as dirt.

circa1916, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:38 (four years ago) link

Good comedy is useful hence.....

passé aggresif (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:57 (four years ago) link

Pryor

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 15:09 (four years ago) link

roy 'chubby' brown

frankfurters take on new glamour in this gleaming aspic (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 15:11 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A848xpsDJbw

Bongo Jongus, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 19:51 (six days ago) link

this moth joke is 100% the Norm Brand™️

(to me anyway)

The Norm Macdonald "moth Joke," one of the greatest jokes every told on television. pic.twitter.com/daC9oPVPsU

— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) September 14, 2021

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 19:51 (six days ago) link

What's the best clip I can show to my kids, 11 and 16, to explain who he was

― Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, September 14, 2021 2:45 PM (four minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

The roast clip I posted and that everyone is talking about is the cleanest roast panel ever. They're just corny old-timey jokes. It's all about his delivery.

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 19:51 (six days ago) link

this is going to be the funniest and happiest celebrity death mourning in recent memory, though. i've already cried from laughing multiple times today

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 19:52 (six days ago) link

I gotta say, I’ve laughed a lot from all these clips people are sharing but

RIP

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 19:55 (six days ago) link

the moth joke is a deserved classic

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 19:57 (six days ago) link

This is still unlike anything I’ve ever seen, just a flatly extraordinary moment. On his Comedians In Cars.. episode Seinfeld says he’d never known a set on tv get such a positive reaction among fellow comedians.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFjEvl43zYY

piscesx, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 19:58 (six days ago) link

this clip is so perfect

pic.twitter.com/g1o0PLsUyj

— Wyatt Duncan Idaho (@WyattDuncan) September 14, 2021

frogbs, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:17 (six days ago) link

"I didn't even know he was sick" loool

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:18 (six days ago) link

Dude had a pretty big rep among stand up comedians and they all seem to have at least one wild and weird story about Norm McDonald. Like some other comedians, far to weird and crazy to actually cash in as going for the joke would derail many of his attempts in Hollywood etc.

One of my favorite things he did in TV/movies was his bit role with John Cullum playing Neil Flynn's brother and dad on The Middle. Those three should have been a show.

earlnash, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:21 (six days ago) link

i *love* how much he loves to deliver that corny-ass punchline - weekend update, the saget roast, his panel appearances, everything

like there is a twinkle in his eye and a glee for just how terrible it is as he stares down the camera or the host or the audience, just locked in … and i could not love him more for like, just that quality alone.

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:27 (six days ago) link

it's his little archaic asides that slay me like in the Bob Saget roast where he says "Now Bob's no big fan of sports....I don't think I'm telling tales out of school here"

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:40 (six days ago) link

xp Yeah, his sense of humor always reminded me of a few guys I grew up with… that undercurrent of good-natured irony, like “I know this is dumb, and so do you, and that’s why it’s so great”

(which is what a lot of alt comedy is, but he didn’t bother playing it straight)

tumblin’ dice outro (morrisp), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:40 (six days ago) link

He was also super quick on his feet, as you can see in those clips where interrupts other guests on the Conan couch. We saw him perform in a club in SF, in the early 2000s, and I remember how effortlessly sharp his crowdwork was.

tumblin’ dice outro (morrisp), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:42 (six days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n54L1Kx8apU

aegis philbin (crüt), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:57 (six days ago) link

i loved the dostoevsky-esque names he gives the characters in his moth story, russian names he can hardly pronounce just make it that much more awkward

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 21:00 (six days ago) link

Watching the Conan clip where he calls Carrot Top a "retard." I don't think that would really fly these days

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 21:45 (six days ago) link

yeah idk if today's youths would really buy the concept of "carrot top"

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 21:48 (six days ago) link

lol

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 21:51 (six days ago) link

he still makes me laugh and obviously he was very gifted but ultimately i'm just not that into what his thing was anymore, the dadliest of dads but ironic. there's a whiff of masculine self-regard about his thing that i used to think was cool but now i just don't have time for or care for. maybe i just don't like any professional comedians at all idk. the r word or the occasional anti trans joke or whatever is part of that as were his politics. not pretending that there wasn't plenty of that on tv at the time, just saying that it isn't out of line with his persona. though it seems like he did soften as he got older, got more classicist with his jokes, lost some of the cool guy snark, but there was always a smidge of the reactionary in him.

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 22:05 (six days ago) link

as far as absurdist comedians go i much prefer mitch hedberg and if i were as old as i am now when he died i'd be really gutted about it.

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 22:10 (six days ago) link

even the stuff he wrote for other shows was gold

Norm MacDonald was a writer on Roseanne and he was responsible for Jackie's iconic "Dad's dead" moment, inspired by an experience in his own life. pic.twitter.com/nSflQ8d6qU

— Kevin Daly (@kevinddaly) September 14, 2021

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 23:04 (six days ago) link

Wow, I didn't know that

tumblin’ dice outro (morrisp), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 23:07 (six days ago) link

pic.twitter.com/jNzAvA6zWb

— mr. toilet (@boring_as_heck) September 14, 2021

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 23:14 (six days ago) link

His book was good. RIP.

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 23:35 (six days ago) link

xpost lmao god he was so good

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 01:04 (five days ago) link

Currently enjoying this Cameo from Norm someone uploaded to youtube. Norm was asked to wish someones dad a happy retirement, Norm ends up going on for 8 full minutes, tells an extremely longwinded dirty joke, and advises the dad to walk into the ocean.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 13:10 (five days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUH1G6j0RAQ

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 13:10 (five days ago) link

just saw this clip of the mangrate saga on his show and despite the presence of andy dick i completely lost my shit https://mikepepsi.tumblr.com/post/662346085393678336/norm-macdonald-kept-losing-sponsors-on-his-podcast

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 13:15 (five days ago) link

"Your Dad's alive?"

"No"

"Fuck!!"

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 13:23 (five days ago) link

"that's what makes english the world's toughest language"

"it is the toughest language? to me it's the easiest"

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 13:47 (five days ago) link

hahahaha that cameo is incredible

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 14:00 (five days ago) link

"you know what might be a good hobby for you, Richard? Ventriloquism."

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 14:13 (five days ago) link

"All I could see was the angry eyes of Alan Thicke."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhdV4vxpZSg

jmm, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 14:34 (five days ago) link

I love how all the SNL guys do impressions of each other.

pplains, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 16:35 (five days ago) link

its been a real joy seeing all these clips of Norm pop up on Twitter. there's so much I haven't seen, dude was so naturally hilarious that pretty much any random podcast appearance could be gold

the Bob Saget roast clip is blowing up again and as much as I love it, it's kind of weird to see it divorced from context - I actually watched it as it aired and Norm's set was 3x funnier when it followed an hours worth of comedians trying to out-Andrew Dice Clay each other

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:08 (five days ago) link

I love when he goes full Canadian in the Jacques de Gatineau and Kitchener Leslie stories.

jmm, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:23 (five days ago) link

frogbs otm re the Saget roast
the shift in gears was so jarring & great, and watching everyone else who had been up just losing it in the background

it reminded me, weirdly, of seeing Neil Hamburger open for Faith No More. The way the performer is doing something other than what the audience wants, and the highwire aspect of just seeing where that goes, when you know that bombing is part of the plan.

obv norm is a different performer. but it feels, passionately vaudevillian? to commit to a performance where there’s a good chance you are the only oerson enjoying it. like tiny tim. i dunno.

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:48 (five days ago) link

Neil Hamburger is actually a really good point of reference. Norm's roast reminds me of Neil's appearances on Jimmy Kimmel (which sadly seem to have vanished from the internet), where much of the audience is silent and clearly baffled and maybe even a little angry while a handful of people on panel are losing their shit.

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:52 (five days ago) link

Ladies and gentlemen, this man is for the birds vs Apparently they want to murder you in a well

think “Gypsy-Pixie” and misspelled. (We are a white family.) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:54 (five days ago) link

Birds is the one I've attempted in the company of friends and my partner, to their bafflement.

thing that i used to think was cool but now i just don't have time for (stevie), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 19:06 (five days ago) link

hamburger at the FNM show was pretty incredible. i had seen him do standup before in a comedy club setting, and at a festival… it was wild to see him with an audience who had no frame of reference & did not get him at all, and to see how much hamburger loved it. like i would swear he got taller lol

meanwhile mr veg & I were max-cady-in-cape-fear-laughing from the back row

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 19:15 (five days ago) link

"There's no room that says scoundrel on it"

The solemn delivery absolutely kills me.

jmm, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 19:32 (five days ago) link

the Bob Saget roast clip is blowing up again and as much as I love it, it's kind of weird to see it divorced from context - I actually watched it as it aired and Norm's set was 3x funnier when it followed an hours worth of comedians trying to out-Andrew Dice Clay each other


This context def made the payoff that much funnier the first time but as far as circulating a clip goes watching an hour of total garbage first is kind of a big ask

siffleur’s mom (wins), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 19:36 (five days ago) link

Neil opening for FNM was so good

the 45-year-old gaz coomber (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 22:50 (five days ago) link

"Ladies and gentlemen, Faaaaaaaaaaaaaa-

-mous comedian, Neil Hamburger"

the 45-year-old gaz coomber (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 22:51 (five days ago) link

:D so good

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 23:19 (five days ago) link

my favorite was when he was opening for Tenacious D and he went “And now, I’m proud to introduce…….TENNNNNN more jokes!l” to a chorus of boos

frogbs, Thursday, 16 September 2021 00:11 (four days ago) link

great piece by Kaleb Horon in RS

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-features/norm-macdonald-tribute-appreciation-1226839/

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 September 2021 00:20 (four days ago) link

latest episode of Conan's podcast is a tribute

balance transfer eligible (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 17 September 2021 03:26 (three days ago) link


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