Thursday, September 19, 2013

Norm Macdonald Clip of the Week

Norm Macdonald is one of my favorite entertainers of all time. He's so awkwardly funny and that's why I love him so much. Instead of looking for a punchline somewhere, he'll often trail off and go nowhere but he does it in a hilarious way.

The "Weekend Update" segment on Saturday Night Live is a parody of evening newscasts and cable news. During Norm Macdonald's mid-to-late '90s stint as "Weekend Update" host, he was a parody of a comedian doing a parody of a newscaster. He would regularly make fun of Michael Jackson and OJ Simpson (famously saying after OJ was found innocent - "This just in: murder is now legal in California!")

He was rather infamously fired from Saturday Night Live in December 1997. Nobody is really sure why, but most seem to believe it had something to do with the head of NBC at the time, Don Ohlmeyer, being friends with OJ Simpson.

But we'll get to that at another time. Until then, enjoy this clip of Norm Macdonald on the David Letterman show circa 1998 telling a story of staying at a bed & breakfast in Canada and playing Scrabble. Yeah, he can make that funny. 

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