Saturday, June 18, 2016

Norm Macdonald Clip of the Week: Norm on Bill Cosby

This week's edition of the Norm Macdonald Clip of the Week is a recent clip from Norm's May appearance on the AXSTV Gotham Comedy program.

One of my favorite things about Norm Macdonald is that he will go the "blue," cringe-comedy route sometimes, but it has a point. He talks about Bill Cosby, how Cosby was one of his earliest influences. And, I've heard that before from Norm in interviews.

Norm discusses a conversation he had with a friend, where this guy noted that the worst part of all this was that Bill Cosby was a hypocrite. "I don't think that was the worst part," Norm retorts. And then, in that awkwardly-hilarious Norm style, he describes the worst parts.

Norm wraps it up with a bit looking at Caitlyn Jenner. This one falls flat, but has a great punchline. At one point, Norm mentions the LGBT community and gets confused on all of the letters, to laughs from the audience. I did that once in a podcast a couple years ago and had a member of that community get on me about it. My defense: "It's a joke! A lot more letters have been added lately and I made fun of that."

We'll add a couple extra videos this go-round. The first is Norm being interviewed by Larry King. He starts out asking Norm about the SNL 40th anniversary "Celebrity Jeopardy" skit that Norm helped write. It ends with Kenan Thompson doing a Bill Cosby impersonation. They originally wanted Eddie Murphy to do that, but he declined. 

The next one is a funny story that Norm told to David Letterman in the mid 90s about meeting Bill Cosby backstage at a show. It includes Norm's Cosby impersonation.

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