Sic Semper Tyrannis
Yes, he was courageous. It's axiomatic that courage means physical courage, but there are other ways of being brave. Try making a living by spending countless performing in clubs, where drunks and hecklers abuse you; playing to a room of three people. Getting rejected, told you're not funny, get a real job, etc.. Try doing that for years on end.
Norm MacDonald went beyond that. He had the courage to open his bit to a White House Corespondents Dinner by intentionally bombing. He had the professional courage to explain his jokes (this is an example of breaking the rules), and he was masterful at this and a master of the comedic pause.
Comedy has rules. Johnny Carson knew it. Many great comedians knew the rules of comedy. Hell, even I know some of those rules. Norm MacDonald knew them as well, but no one can teach you to be funny; it has to come from within. Others can help you cultivate your natural humor, but all the coaching in the world, and knowing all the rules (and which ones to break and the ways to break them), does you no good if you weren't born funny. Norm was born funny.
I am sorry to hear of his passing. I also found his bits and work pretty funny.
IIRC there was some animosity from Hollywood towards him.
Yes after a quick lookup he was, one of the rare entertainment personalities that was self-described as a conservative.
Forgive the thread drift, It explains why I always stopped to watch his bits. A connection of humor and wit that went deeper than just laughter.
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A funny and smart guy, for sure. RIP
The fish is mute, expressionless. The fish doesn't think because the fish knows everything.
Aw, man. That stinks. RIP Mr. MacDonald.
NOOOOOOOOO, he was so great!
Agreed, Norm MacDonald was comedic gold.
I am very bummed to hear of his passing.
Godspeed Norm. You are missed.
Yes, Para does appreciate humor.
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He was much smarter than some that judged him. He perfected his unique deadpan style. RIP Norm.
Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.
Simply the greatest, imo. Certainly no one better. I could, and have, listened to Norm for hours, telling jokes, doing bits, in sketches, on talk shows, or even just talking about real life. He was a smart guy and came off as a very genuine person, especially in his later years.
I'm gonna vote for the funniest frog with the loudest croak on the highest log.
I never knew he was ill. He was one of my favorite comedians for sure.
This one definitely hurts. The older I became, the more I appreciated him and his incredibly unique style. I liked him in my younger years, but I just did not appreciate how good he truly was until maybe the last 5 or 10 years.
I just binge watched a bunch of his stuff about 6 months or so ago...What a loss.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.
- 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Man that hurts. He was one of my favorites, & a master of delivery, IMO.
It's a damn shame he didn't get to see OJ go first.
"We're all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house. Birth 'til death. We travel between the eternities."
Like Kaufman, MacDonald is recognized by his peers as a comic's comic. He was more respected by other comedians than by the general public, b/c MacDonald was less concerned about appealing to the mainstream & lowest common denominator.
Some of his roasts, such as his roast of Bob Saget are considered stand-up legend. If you can watch it, you'll see his peers find it a lot funnier than the audience does, b/c a lot of the audience doesn't get it.
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The Norm Show, was one of my favorite TV shows.
A very funny and talented man.
he was funny
one of the few comedians I enjoyed listening to
Yeah, this one hurts.
Dirty Work was awesome. He played that part perfectly, straight faced and delivering some of the best lines ever. He did that a lot, but that movie was one of his earliest ones where he was the main feature, from what I recall at least.
To build, I have a 17 year old daughter and 13 year old son. One or both used to watch a show called The Fairly Oddparents on Nickelodeon, where Norm voiced a genie on occasion that was always stirring up shit. I honestly never watched the show but the first time I walked through the den and heard that voice, I knew exactly who it was and stopped. He was sending it even on a kids show, though keeping things appropriate for the setting. Actually ended up catching a fair amount of his parts from that show when I was either doing some cooking or helping on child or the other with homework. Always listened for that voice.
This really does suck. Norm really was a comedic genius and always will be in my opinion.
Not giving a damn since...whenever...
This one definately hits home. Norm was one of the best in my opinion, so sorry to hear of this.
My absolute favorite. Irreplaceable.
Letterman and Conan couldn't even hold it together around him.
The world will be a far less funny place without Norm. The Moth Joke and Bob Uecker stories on Letterman just slay me.
This sure has bummed me out today.
Out of the blue for me, and it's a bummer. I actually didn't see that much of him on SNL because I wasn't watching it much during his era. I became a big fan just from YouTube clips when he as a guest, or from his show. RIP, Norm.
The best bits for true stand-up comedians can found in how they deal w/ hecklers. Norm was such a nice guy.
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