Norm MacDonald was one of the greatest comedians ever and one of my personal heroes. Norm's life, and as we have now learned, his death were characterised by an uncompromising integrity. There was much about Norm that was unpredictable and wild; he was a man of contradictions. He was a master of steering comedy through the darkest terrain and into a bursting of insight.
David Letterman noted that "In every important way, in the world of stand-up, Norm was the best. An opinion shared by me and all peers." Despite being this giant talent in comedy he was never at the forefront of the mainstream. He was most known for his first role on Saturday Night Live where he set the bar for the News Anchor and coined the term fake news. He was fired from this position because he refused to compromise his comedy for the sake of a job. This was the tone of Norm's career. First and foremost he was a standup and this was the love that Norm was true to his entire life.
With the death of Norm, comedy has lost one of its leading lights. He will be sorely missed.
If you are just discovering Norm or looking for a dive back down the Norm rabbit hole here is a list of episodes and resources that will serve you eternally well.
@I'm not Norm: the gift that keeps on giving; a never ending resource of Norm gold from throughout his career
Conan - Courtney Thorne Smith perhaps the greatest Norm moment of them all - spontaneous irreverent and riotously witty (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F6dXcW-_Fc)
Conan - the Moth Joke - another top moment of Norm's with his classic delivery of a two-line joke in 10+ minutes. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxD3pT8C9-A)
Norm MacDonald Live: for the complete YouTube podcast look no further than archive.org's open access. The very first episode with Super Dave is one of the greatest hours of any chat show ever https://archive.org/details/Norm_Macdonald_Live
Clips used in this episode:
David Letterman on Norm MacDonald Live S3E3 available at: https://archive.org/details/Norm_Macdonald_Live
Conan Thomas Hayden Church (windmill joke) https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x12dzjs
Conan and Letterman talking about Norm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqViyrKC9zg
White House Correspondent's Dinner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U7AZIdalzM
Norm's OJ bit: ending clip of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqViyrKC9zg
Norm Fat Jokes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUKTjZunJJk
Norm talking cancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAp-igcRhMQ
Norm's set on final David Letterman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFjEvl43zYY
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