On Norm Macdonald: "The perfect joke would be where the setup and punch line were identical."

agreed. NYT: "all-over-the-map career trajectory." more so than other comics? Also, 3 seasons leading an eponymous sit-com is quite impressive. Furthermore, I surmise that the excerpts from Conan's email misrepresent the email's tone and content. Team Norm! Team Quebec!

Posted on April 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm 0

On On Norm Macdonald, the Greatest Talk Show Guest Ever

"... while at the same time having this broad, man of the people sensibility that has mass appeal." Just like Letterman, probably why they have such great rapport. Brilliant dudes who aren't emotionally invested in being perceived as such. Norm on Letterman, right after he got canned from SNL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tudRETrphxk

Posted on March 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm 0

On On Norm Macdonald, the Greatest Talk Show Guest Ever

Posted on March 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm 0

On Eight Types of Hecklers and the Comedians Who Shut Them Up

From "I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Comedy's Golden Era". Ringo Starr made a memorable solo appearance at Sunset one night, arriving so intoxicated that Mike Binder, who was working the door, had to help him to a seat in the back. Starr was seated just as David Letterman took the stage, and the former Beatle immediately began heckling him, which attracted the attention of every comic within earshot. Letterman had a reputation for eviscerating hecklers, and as word spread along the back hallway, other comics started filling into the room to witness the impending bloodshed. It wasn't a fair fight. In the spotlight, Letterman couldn't see who the heckler was, so he showed no mercy, and Starr was too drunk to appreciate how badly Letterman was beating him up. Finally, one of the comics took pity and called out, "Hey, Dave, it's Ringo." "Oh, that makes sense," Letterman shot back in the direction of Starr. "You ruined your career, and now you've come here to ruin mine."

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm 0

On The Midlife Vices of Greg Giraldo

giraldo vs. leary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymltNm4p2VY&feature=player_detailpage#t=198s

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm 0