Norm MacDonald dead at 61

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He got his netflix show cancelled out from under him before the first episode even aired, all because of a single comment he made about feeling sorry for Louis CK.

The most shocking thing is how well he was treated on the View. Of course the younger woman tried tearing him to shreds, but Whoopi and Joy Behar were surprisingly understanding. I only saw this today for the first time:

 

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Yeah couldn’t believe Michael Williams died also. He was waaaay to young, only in his 50s?

Damn.
First Michael K. Williams, then Norm, who's gonna be third?

Spoiler:
You guessed it, Frank Stallone!
 

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R. Kelly if we’re lucky.
 

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I didnt get to watch Dirty Work the other night, but definitely going to give it another viewing this weekend.
 

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The most shocking thing is how well he was treated on the View. Of course the younger woman tried tearing him to shreds, but Whoopi and Joy Behar were surprisingly understanding. I only saw this today for the first time:

Pretty tame and sad. The Asian and Latina whatever raised a weirdly pointed issue about talking slowly because it’s a land mine to discuss anything publicly, and that comedy is now cancelled. I didn’t see this as tearing him to shreds. But rather that society has done that and he’s looking down like “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.”
 

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("Norm Macdonald's Comedy was Quite Christian" by Matthew Walther, published yesterday by the New York Times.)macdonald oj times.png
 

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("Norm Macdonald's Comedy was Quite Christian" by Matthew Walther, published yesterday by the New York Times.)View attachment 52404

Are you posting this because you're shocked?

He's kind of glossed on these things. I don't know about Christianity, but he wasn't an atheist.

 

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("Norm Macdonald's Comedy was Quite Christian" by Matthew Walther, published yesterday by the New York Times.)View attachment 52404
For those less familiar to Norm's sense of humor, he was joking. Five years prior to that, he said something similar on Tom Green's show. Talking about how people were giving him shit online for wishing OJ well and sending prayers when OJ announced he had brain cancer. Norm lamented compassion being a lost virtue.

Tom Green said, it was probably because it was surprising to Norm's fans after the years of him relentlessly going after OJ on SNL. Then Norm said, "Well, yeah, that was because I was against him for committing double murder! But I'm not against him for having brain cancer."

"Maybe I was the greatest rusher -- to judgement" should be read in the exact same voice and tone as when he said while roasting Bob Saget, "You have a head like a flower -- a cauliflower." This is not to take away from Norm's religious faith, which is genuine, but when he gave the OJ quote from the interview mentioned above, he was trolling. And if he were able to read that NYT article and see that it wooooshed over the writer's head, that would have given him immense pleasure.
 
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I’m posting it because it’s hilarious. This guy wrote this whole article trying to claim Norm’s comedy for his side and showed in so few words that he doesn’t have the slightest idea how Norm’s humor works.
 

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I remember watching it that night when it aired. Such a delight to watch.
 

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The most shocking thing is how well he was treated on the View. Of course the younger woman tried tearing him to shreds, but Whoopi and Joy Behar were surprisingly understanding. I only saw this today for the first time:

That was legendary。No one realized he was doing a bit.
 

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I remember after he got fired from SNL and Dirty Work flopped he was on a bunch of random talk shows and thinking how weird that was. Then I actually watched one and he went on one of his normal meandering anecdotes about how watching porn had replaced regular movies and he ended up talking about gay porn for like 5 minutes right in the middle of a discussion about trade sanctions against China or something. After that I tried to catch him on whatever they booked him on.
 

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I’m posting it because it’s hilarious. This guy wrote this whole article trying to claim Norm’s comedy for his side and showed in so few words that he doesn’t have the slightest idea how Norm’s humor works.
Ah, sorry. I guess the reason for my knee-jerk defensive, but unnecessary need to explain was that, in addition to the NYT writer using this take to try to claim Norm for his side, the other side has used exactly the same take (Christian comedian, conservative, etc.) to marginalize Norm over the past several years.
 

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Not really a Jon Lovitz fan, but this was a couple kind of nice examples of Norm's MO.


And it's interesting to me personally to hear Norm stories I've heard many times before, but from a new source. The Rashomon-esque slight discrepancies in the details and stuff that come from unreliable eyewitness memory.

But even Norm himself would always purposely tell his own stories differently each time. For example, he would often give a fake age in interviews that was sometimes off by a decade in either direction. Zero continuity. stage would have a frustrating time maintaining his canon. I remember Norm told the same story on two consecutive Larry King appearances...but with the opposite ending! Johnny Carson had invited Norm to meet him in person at his office, due to their shared love of reading and mocking 'King's Things'. In the first telling of the story to King, Norm chickened out and regretted never meeting Johnny. In the following interview (which wasn't even that long after), Norm told King the exact same story but said he did go to Johnny's office and the two of them had a great time reading 'King's Things' to each other. And this completely sailing by Larry King without him ever noticing was the joke.
 
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