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'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 [...]

The Late Night Guest Hall of Fame

Everyone wants to be funny on a late night show, but only a handful of comedians are known for making every talk show appearance they do a work of art. Anytime you see someone like Bill Murray or Louis C.K. on the docket for a late night interview, you know it's going to be something to watch that'll become a big YouTube hit the following day.

We picked the best late night talk show guests going and assembled the following videolist of their funniest appearances, including Norm Macdonald obliterating an actress promoting a Carrot Top movie, Bill Murray singing and dancing to Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" on Letterman's first show [...]

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.

Looking Back on Christmas Past with Norm MacDonald

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

In case you haven't already figured it out, the holidays are fast approaching (Writing Tip: Notice I'm not saying which ones so that this [...]

Watch Norm Macdonald and Larry King Have a Long Conversation

Norm Macdonald went on Larry King's Hulu interview show Larry King Now recently, and here's the 22-minute appearance in its entirety. The two cover a lot of ground, including why Macdonald doesn't understand Jay Leno hate, writing for Roseanne, why he didn't end up getting the post-Letterman slot after SNL fired him, and, of course, why Larry King finds stand-up "orgasmic."

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, [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Norm Macdonald (1993-1998)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

Watching today’s chipper incarnation of Weekend Update, it’s easy to forget that the segment was once helmed by the smarmy cynicism of Dennis Miller, the absurdity of Kevin Nealon, and Norm Macdonald, whose delivery both on Update and in all his sketches came tinged with his trademark dry sarcasm. Macdonald’s scathing coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial in 1994 made Update wildly popular [...]