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 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 11:53 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

I used to love The Norm Show and found him genuinely funny and likeable. Gutted.

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

For a lot of these RIP threads recently, I'm not familiar with them. But Norm I know. Had no idea he was sick. Very sorry to hear this.

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Very sad to hear this news. Norm was definitely one of a kind. What a delivery he had.

Rest in Peace and condolences to the many who loved what he did.

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

A real shock. I see that MacDonald landed his first regular TV writing gig on "The Dennis Miller Show" and he was a successor to Miller as the host of "Weekend Update" on "Saturday Night Live." That explains a lot. The two have similar comic styles, and I always liked both of them.

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   Octoberdog   (Member)


61, for crying out loud!

This man is/was a natural comedy genius.
His verbiage, his timing, his delivery... all gold.

Rest in peace, Norm.
Thank you for the laughs.


 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

"One time I remember, I was a little kid, I was like eight-years-old, and I was behind my garage. I was sneaking a cigarette back there, and my dad caught me- I’ll never forget it. His big head came around the corner of the garage. There it was- my dad’s big head, and then his body right after it- there was his body. Trailing his head, as it often would. And he grabbed me, and he hauled me in, and I thought I was in for the strapping of my life, y’know? What he did is, he pulled out this giant cigar. Must have been half the size of my arm, this big cigar. Stuck it in my mouth, lit it up, made me smoke it. All the way through- right to the end. That’s when I started smoking cigars real heavy. That plan backfired on him.

Then there was another time I remember, now that I’m thinking about it. I was behind the garage again, as luck would have it, and, uh, this time I was smoking a big, fat joint back there. And, uh, (weakly) heh, heh- “don’t do drugs”- ha ha ha ha, and, uh, my dad’s big head showed up again! And- with no body this time, just a big head. That was the funny part. He liked to mix it up like that, y’know? So anyways, he grabbed me there with his teeth and he hauled me in and, uh- I thought I was in for the strapping of my life, y’know? But, uh- he injected me with heroin. So he was a strict man, I’ll tell you that."

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

A "nine-year private battle with caner" according to my search.


 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I used to love The Norm Show

That show lasted all of two years and it was deadly funny. Theres an episode where hes put on trial, I think? And they keep reading his old testimony in court and he keeps denying it, but the testimony contradicts him constantly. He had to have written it, it was hilarious.

"I didn't do it, it wasn't me."
"This testimony says you admitted to doing it and that 'if I deny it, it means I did it."
"No you don't understand, I was lying then."
"Your testimony goes on to say that "I'm not lying, I did it and I enjoyed it and I'll never take it back."

and on and on. I died of laughter at that one.

I also have a huge soft spot for Dirty Work, which has moments of great hilarity in it.

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   Octoberdog   (Member)

On one of his Conan appearances he was riffing on Carrot Top.
It wasn't even a bit. He was interjecting on whatever Conan and that Melrose Place actress were talking about.
I just watched it again and I laughed until tears were coming down.

And then there was the Professor Of Logic story...

And then there was his riffs on Dennis Miller's show...


Michael Jackson...

BTW, can anyone verify OJ's whereabouts last night?

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   Octoberdog   (Member)

Almost forgot, the "Ridiculous" album is amazing.

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

This is really sad news. I had no idea Norm MacDonald had been ill. He was a real comedic talent. I'll probably remember him best for his smart-alecky Burt Reynolds on SNL's Jeopardy skits. Really fond of this comedian and sad to see him go too soon.

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Me and a friend where watching some of those old Celebrity Jeopardy sketches and we also watched ones with Sean (shwords) Connery. I was disappointed Norm wasn't in it, then in like the last minute, there's suddenly another podium and there's Norm as Reynolds with no explanation. Then he vanishes without explanation.

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2021 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

You can dip into this anywhere in Norm's years-long odyssey of O.J. jokes.

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Norm in his human-form cameo on "The Orville":

 Posted:   Sep 17, 2021 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

I had the chance to see Norm live at a small comedy club about ten years ago. What a wonderful time that was. I never laughed so hard in my life. And he was a very nice man off the stage. All my favorite ones have passed. Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison and now Norm MacDonald. Dirty Work is still my all time favorite comedy. And I had no idea that Bob Saget was all part of that movie. He will be missed. Sad day.

 Posted:   Sep 18, 2021 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Rest In Peace. I believe McDonald was the creator of the Celebrity Jeopardy sketches on SNL. Easily one of my favorite recurring sketches. I also enjoyed his other work on SNL and elsewhere, including his small role on The Orville. Definitely lost him too soon. Cancer is brutal.

 Posted:   Sep 18, 2021 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   Octoberdog   (Member)

In addition to his devastating Burt Reynolds impression, he did an amazing David Letterman and an equally excellent Bob Dole.

I've been playing "Ridiculous" in the car and I love the funny looks I'm getting from other drivers who see me gasping for breath.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2021 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2021 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

That "chairman of the bored" is an extremely obvious one. That ball was not in front in the net, it was already in the goal.
I have yet to find out what is to be so great about NMD. His main act was that he "ironically" deliberately told mediocre or unfunny jokes and explicitely in the style of the "unfunny uncle". That stint gets old veeeeeeeeeery quickly.
Then there is that "GOAT" status that is annoying because that is comming from people who only understand English and have no knowledge of any other commedian that does not perform in English but are (much) better than that supposed GOAT. But most of all it seems to me the result of a self fulfilling prophecy: you decided you like him and so you will; no more critical thinking. Once you have a loyal following, they will eat whatever they are fed.

That said, 61 is indeed too young and I admire that he didn't want anything known about his disease to prevent any fuss.


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