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Norm Macdonald Chooses His Very Own 'Late Show' Souvenir

Here's a sneak peek of Norm Macdonald's visit to tonight's Late Show, where Letterman gives him the go ahead to choose anything from the studio to take as a souvenir before the show wraps up its run this May. As you can see, Macdonald is a man of expensive taste.

Norm Macdonald Plays an Alcoholic Pigeon in Adult Swim's Upcoming 'Mike Tyson Mysteries'

At Comic-Con, Adult Swim unveiled its 2014-2015 slate of new and returning shows including the new half-hour animated comedy Mike Tyson Mysteries, and you can check out the show's first trailer above. Starring Tyson, Jim Rash, voice actor Rachel Ramras, and Norm Macdonald as a drunk pigeon, Mike Tyson Mysteries will see Tyson and his Mystery Team tackling any problem that comes their way: "If you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner." Mike Tyson Mysteries will premiere on Adult Swim sometime this fall.

Adam Sandler Explains Why He Wouldn't Be a Good 'SNL' Host

"Why should I? I don't know how good it would be. I'm slow now. There are guys who love doing it who are great at doing it — I just don't know how good I'd be doing it and I did what I could do on that show."

- Adam Sandler explains why he doesn't want to host SNL in a recent episode of Norm Macdonald Live.

Roseanne Barr Sheds More Light on the Behind-the-Scenes Sexism on 'Roseanne'

Norm Macdonald took to Twitter late Sunday night to deliver a long missive about comedians unfairly labeled "crazy" and "difficult" and singled out his former boss Roseanne Barr as a particularly perfect example of a comedic genius who had to deal with sexism on an everyday basis during Roseanne's run throughout the '90s. Macdonald concluded his stream of tweets by calling Roseanne "a true feminist in a world of false ones" and "a genius who is being wasted," and yesterday Barr responded to Macdonald with both gratitude and some interesting details about the level of misogyny she endured during her time on her show from the writing [...]

Could Norm Macdonald Really Pull Off Being CBS's Next Late Night Star?

For the past week, Norm Macdonald has been on Twitter campaigning to become the next host of The Late Late Show after Craig Ferguson steps down at the end of the year. After comedian Ben Hoffman started the #latelatenormnorm hashtag, Macdonald has retweeted hundreds of folks encouraging CBS to give him gig (full disclosure: I was one of them). While there's no way of knowing if CBS is taking this seriously, or if Norm is actually interested or just doing this for his own amusement, the buzz around the campaign begs the question: could this actually work?

Ever since Macdonald left SNL, he's been looking for a steady gig, [...]

Norm Macdonald and Anthony Jeselnik Join Season 9 of 'Last Comic Standing'

NBC is prepping the upcoming ninth season of the Wanda Sykes-produced Last Comic Standing, and The Wrap reports that a new host and judge have just been added to the show. SNL alum Norm Macdonald will join Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans as a judge, while Anthony Jeselnik will serve as host. "We are excited that Norm is joining Roseanne and Keenen in helping us find America’s newest comedy star," said NBC exec Paul Telegdy on the news. "This is a hugely talented and iconic panel. Anthony will add his unique quick-witted humor as the host of the show."

'SNL's James Downey on Working with Norm Macdonald and Getting Fired for Making Fun of OJ Simpson

Saturday Night Live has employed hundreds of comedy writers in its four decades on the air, but no writer has been associated with the show longer — or had more of a lasting impact — than James Woodward Downey. If Lorne Michaels is the face of Saturday Night Live, Downey is its behind-the-scenes creative force. 

Called by Lorne Michaels the best political humorist alive, Downey has been responsible for most of the political-centered pieces during Saturday Night Live’s run (many of which he co-wrote with now Senator Al Franken), starting with Jimmy Carter in the mid-’70s and ending, six administrations later, with Barack Obama. The power of Downey’s political comedy extends [...]

Norm Macdonald Auditions for 'The Late Late Show' on 'Conan'

As you may have heard by now, Norm Macdonald really, really wants to take over The Late Late Show after Craig Ferguson leaves this December, so on last night's Conan he got the chance to show his chops in a minute-long audition displaying all the different talk show skills required for the job.

Norm Macdonald Talks About Working for 'Roseanne' and Comedians Labeled "Crazy" and "Difficult"

Norm Macdonald took to Twitter late last night and delivered a lengthy but enlightening missive about the nature of creativity in comedy, the unfair reputation of comedians who are called "difficult" and "crazy," and his brief stint as a writer for Roseanne from 1992-1993. Here's an excerpt from what Macdonald had to say:

When the show ended, the Harvard boys went to other shows and were paid millions. After all, they had written Roseanne. Sort of. And Roseanne went away. She may have wanted to. I don’t know. But I do know what she was called. 'Difficult.' 'Crazy' even. These are words that are dismissive and can torpedo [...]

Norm Macdonald Is Campaigning on Twitter to Become Host of CBS's 'Late Late Show'

On Monday, Craig Ferguson announced he's leaving CBS's 12:35am program The Late Late Show in December after 10 years on the air, and comedian Norm Macdonald has thrown his hat into the ring to replace him. What happened is a Norm Macdonald fan started the Twitter hashtag #latelatenormnorm yesterday, and ever since, Macdonald has been retweeting every single tweet with the hashtag in a pretty blatant attempt to express interest in the job and build momentum, or maybe he's just goofing around.

Responding to a fan on Twitter, Macdonald says he has "no idea" if him getting the job is a possibility, explaining, "I haven't been approached [...]

Read Norm Macdonald's Fascinating Recap of "Celebrity Jeopardy" and #SNL40

Norm Macdonald took to Twitter last night to look back on his experience working for the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, and the whole thing is a must-read for SNL fans who are interested to learn about how the special came together, the history of the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch, how some SNL cast members feel about Rolling Stone's recent cast member rankings, and whether or not Eddie Murphy was asked to perform in a sketch. Read Macdonald's recap in full below:

Norm Macdonald Gives the Best Advice of Any Commencement Speech This Year

Here's a new video from Funny or Die, in which Norm Macdonald delivers a brief but riveting 2014 commencement address and dispenses some priceless real-life advice, the kind of advice this year's graduates can truly use on a day-to-day basis in their adult lives.

Here's the Season 2 Premiere of 'Norm Macdonald Live' with Ray Romano

After nearly a year away, Norm Macdonald returned to the airwaves yesterday with the season two premiere of Norm Macdonald Live, his show on the Video Podcast Network. The 20-episode season will air weekly on Mondays at 9pm EST, with guests like Bob Saget and Adam Sandler set to appear later this season. Ray Romano is the guest in the premiere, which finds him talking about how Everybody Loves Raymond came to be, taking a video call from Fred Stoller, and reading monologue jokes with Norm Macdonald.

Norm Macdonald's Video Podcast Returns May 12th

Here's an action-packed promo for Norm Macdonald's video podcast, Norm Macdonald Live, which is returning on Monday, live at 6pm PST on the Video Podcast Network, after nearly a year off the air. The 20-episode second season will kick off with Ray Romano as a guest. Adam Sandler and Bob Saget are also doing the show this season. The show featured guests like Larry King, Billy Bob Thornton, and Russell Brand last year. Macdonald is currently at the center of a Twitter campaign to make him the new host of CBS's The Late Late Show, so we'll see if he addresses that upon his video podcast return.