Saturday, February 2, 2008

Daily SAll-Star: Norm MacDonald

Enough of these pseudo-all-stars and group all-stars. I'm going with the real deal!

Unless you're one of a select few in the history of this world, Norm MacDonald is funnier than you.

MacDonald is a Canadian comedian (though he has publicly stated that Canada sucks compared to America) who was a cast member of Saturday Night Live for a little over 4 years. His most famous role on that program was as host of Weekend Update, where his deadpan style fit perfectly. Often delivering controversial punchlines, MacDonald said after the acquittal of OJ Simpson, "It's official: murder is legal in the state of California". MacDonald was also known to openly insult fellow cast members whom he thought were not funny, such as Chris Kattan, who isn't funny. MacDonald was fired from his weekend update job in late 1997 by NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer, who claimed that Norm was "not funny." In actuality, MacDonald was likely fired because Ohlmeyer was good friends with OJ Simpson, whom MacDonald often lampooned. MacDonald has since appeared in numerous sitcoms and films that had been met with various levels of success though none have been widely accepted.

But MacDonald's finest work does not lie in his movies or television roles, but rather his appearances on various talk shows as guests. Check them out below and simply marvel at their excellence.

A scene from his film Dirty Work

Norm on the Adam Corolla Show. Two of the funniest men on the planet.

Norm with one of his better friends Dennis Miller

Norm on the Daily Show

Artie Lange and Jim Breuer talking with Howard Stern about Norm

Some of the best of Norm, including the best talk show appearance by anyone ever when Norm appears on Conan and destroys the career of Courtney Thorne Smith

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