Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Norm Macdonald Clip of the Week

This week's "Norm Macdonald Clip of the Week" is his rather infamous "anti-roast" at the Comedy Central roast of Bob Saget. For those who don't know a roast is an event where one person is "honored," by having a group of his or her friends get up and insult them in good fun. It's usually very profane, very crude, and oftentimes very hilarious. Click here to see Greg Giraldo roast Bob Saget.

The Comedy Central roast concept has sort of "jumped the shark" for a couple reasons. And both are in that first paragraph. The biggest reason is the death of Greg Giraldo. He was definitely the best roaster and his digs at Larry the Cable Guy, Pamela Anderson, and David Hasselhoff are especially hilarious. The second reason is because of Norm's "anti-roast."

You can only take something so far and then it can't get any higher. People kept pushing the envelope of how dirty you could be at a roast. And eventually you get numb to all of the F-bombs and gay jokes and toilet humor. So, it's very telling that some of the biggest laughs at the Saget roast came from Norm telling jokes from a children's joke book. 

Saying that Greg Giraldo has "the face of a swan, the wisdom of an owl, and the eye of an eagle. Ladies and gentlemen, this man is for the birds!" is just kind of making fun of the roast concept and it worked. Things had gone too far and Norm used his brand of "anti comedy," or "meta comedy" to reel it back.

We'll close with a double dose of Norm: he and Marc Maron talking about the Saget roast on Maron's "WTF podcast." Enjoy.

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