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 [...]
Here's the first episode of Norm Macdonald Live, a new show from the comedian that will be airing every Monday from 9 to 10pm EST on the Video Podcast Network, a new YouTube channel that also airs shows from Scott Aukerman, Adam Carolla, and the Earwolf network. On Norm Macdonald Live, Macdonald is joined each week by co-host Adam Eget, a manager at the Comedy Store, and his guest for this first episode is Super Dave Osborne. After each episode episode airs, it will be posted on Macdonald's YouTube channel at youtube.com/NormMacdonald and on iTunes. It's odd that it's taken so long for Macdonald to start podcasting because he's so [...]
Last year, TBS changed their renowned slogan "very funny" to the absolutely edgy "veryfunny". It seems that the space was getting in the way of funniness, as spaces are wont to do. As to continue this commitment to funny, they are developing more comedy programming to go along with the previously mentioned shows from Deon Cole and Ashton Kutcher and their Big Bang Theory reruns. Two of those shows, Most Likely and Zone Lord, will be produced by TBS's boyfriend, Conan O'Brien, and one show, Norm MacDonald is Trending, will star Norm MacDonald and likely be beloved by his fans and overlooked by his non-fans. The breakdowns [...]
Norm Macdonald said yesterday on the Dennis Miller Radio Show that he'd happily write jokes for Eddie Murphy's Oscar hosting gig. His vote of confidence is pretty convincing: "Eddie’s become a little zen-like… He’s stepped back a little from the 'crazy Eddie' of old. I think this is going to burst him back to the 'incredibly funny Eddie Murphy,' and I can’t wait to see him.” Let's hope the "Eddie Murphy camp" takes Norm up on his offer.
Here's a fun exclusive clip from the upcoming DVD release of Norm MacDonald's Me Doing Standup. It didn't make it into the broadcast, but it'll be included as a deleted scene if you shell out for the hard copy when it's released on the 14th, along with a few others. In it, Norm talks about the lousy deal that agreeing to be a designated driver is. And you know what? The guy's right. That's why I always try to drink within walking distance of my apartment, as being a mess at that distance is a lot less risky.