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6th May '13 8:23:01 PM JIKTV
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->''So I says to the guy I says to the guy I says...''
-->--'''Norm [=MacDonald=]'''

What happens when a DeadpanSnarker and a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} have a kid. Oh, and they're both [[NietzscheWannabe nihilists]]. Well, that or [[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]]. [[OverlyLongGag Wait, Norm MacDonald is The Joker!]]

Norm [=MacDonald=] is a Canadian-born comedian who started on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Though he appeared in sketches on the show (his impressions of Burt Reynolds and Larry King were hilarious), he was most widely known for the "Weekend Update" segment, which was considered by many critics and viewers to be the [[JustHereForGodzilla only reason to watch]] ''Saturday Night Live'' when it was limping to the barn with SeasonalRot during the show's 20th season. After a rather ignominious split from the show, he did some movies and TV shows. His appearances on late night talk shows are quite popular, for he has a tendency to lampshade the tropes of whatever medium he is currently operating in.

He is perhaps foremost a master of AntiHumor. His comedic method can usually be distilled down to a three step process:

1. Tell Joke.\\
2. Joke is so cheesy, it's bad.\\
3. [[SoBadItsGood It's so bad, it's good]].

His most recent project was a sports show on Creator/ComedyCentral called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sports Show with Norm MacDonald]]''. It was basically his old "Weekend Update" style, 'cept about sports, and naturally, TooGoodToLast.
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!! Tropes:

* BunnyEarsLawyer: Had one of the most memorable runs on the celebrity version of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', where he won half a million dollars for charity, after spending the week as the ButtMonkey in the Fastest Finger contestant row (he was the last contestant to play the main game and the correct order to his solo FF question spelled out his name). He wanted to go for the million dollars, but admitted he was WildMassGuessing and was talked into walking away by Regis so that he wouldn't cost the charity the money he had banked in case he was wrong. [[spoiler: Had Norm chosen the answer he was thinking about, he would have been correct.]]
* CaptainObvious: An essential ingredient of his style and the point on which most people's mileage will vary. Part of what makes it work is what he chooses to be obvious about.
** He's obvious about things that are so obvious that we just don't even think about them anymore. Like saying that scientists should start focusing on this death thing.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: His take on Larry King.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: He titled his 2011 comedy CD ''Me Doing Stand Up''.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Norm is often involved in projects with by Creator/AdamSandler, Dennis Miller and Artie Lange.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The accusations from NBC that Norm simply wasn't funny come off this way when you consider this: his first appearance on ''SNL'' after the Weekend Update debacle (note that Norm was only fired from the sketch, not the show, so he had infrequent appearances for months afterwards) was during guest host Creator/SarahMichelleGellar's monologue. He was immediately greeted by a massively positive audience response - interrupting the skit for several moments. And just to hammer it home, Norm wound up hosting an episode himself ''a year-and-a-half'' later.
-->"How did I go in a year-and-a-half from being not funny enough to be even allowed in the building to being so funny that I'm now hosting the show? How did I suddenly get so goddamn funny?"
* NonSequitur: Nearly every week one of his news stories would "support" the conclusion that GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff. The only exception to this was when he got Hasselhoff to appear on the set and read a card saying "Germans love me," which quite reasonably supported his theory.
* RunningGag: Several on Weekend Update. The most memorable ones being [=Norm MacDonald's=] relentless insistence about OJ Simpson being guilty (ending with "This just in, murder is now legal in California"), his weird story of the week which involved, you guessed it, Frank Stallone, and his "Notes to Self" reminding him to shamelessly exploit stupid things happening in the news.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Norm's removal from Weekend Update. Now, it was claimed that it was simply because he wasn't funny (which ran counter to the opinions of critics and the studio audience). However, as noted above, OJ Simpson was a frequent source of material for Norm on Weekend Update and Simpson happened to be a friend of Don Ohlmeyer, NBC's West Coast Executive. Many suspect that Ohlmeyer was angered by Norm's jabs at Simpson and subsequently demanded his removal.
** Summed by Norm when he hosted:
-->"I had sort of a disagreement with the management at, uh, at the NBC. Uh, I wanted to keep my job, right? And they felt the exact opposite."
* TooSoon: As a guest on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', he unapologetically cracked jokes about the death of [[Series/CrocodileHunter "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin]] just after it happened. Jon Stewart practically begged him to stop... [[ActuallyPrettyFunny while fighting back fits of laughter]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: In the Celebrity Edition of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', part of his strategy was trying to find Regis' tell for a correct answer, like in a poker game. Regis didn't know the answers either, though Norm did end up winning $500,000.

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->''So I says to the guy I says to the guy I says...''
-->--'''Norm [=MacDonald=]'''

What happens when a DeadpanSnarker and a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} have a kid. Oh, and they're both [[NietzscheWannabe nihilists]]. Well, that or [[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]]. [[OverlyLongGag Wait, Norm MacDonald is The Joker!]]

Norm [=MacDonald=] is a Canadian-born comedian who started on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Though he appeared in sketches on the show (his impressions of Burt Reynolds and Larry King were hilarious), he was most widely known for the "Weekend Update" segment, which was considered by many critics and viewers to be the [[JustHereForGodzilla only reason to watch]] ''Saturday Night Live'' when it was limping to the barn with SeasonalRot during the show's 20th season. After a rather ignominious split from the show, he did some movies and TV shows. His appearances on late night talk shows are quite popular, for he has a tendency to lampshade the tropes of whatever medium he is currently operating in.

He is perhaps foremost a master of AntiHumor. His comedic method can usually be distilled down to a three step process:

1. Tell Joke.\\
2. Joke is so cheesy, it's bad.\\
3. [[SoBadItsGood It's so bad, it's good]].

His most recent project was a sports show on Creator/ComedyCentral called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sports Show with Norm MacDonald]]''. It was basically his old "Weekend Update" style, 'cept about sports, and naturally, TooGoodToLast.
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!! Tropes:

* BunnyEarsLawyer: Had one of the most memorable runs on the celebrity version of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', where he won half a million dollars for charity, after spending the week as the ButtMonkey in the Fastest Finger contestant row (he was the last contestant to play the main game and the correct order to his solo FF question spelled out his name). He wanted to go for the million dollars, but admitted he was WildMassGuessing and was talked into walking away by Regis so that he wouldn't cost the charity the money he had banked in case he was wrong. [[spoiler: Had Norm chosen the answer he was thinking about, he would have been correct.]]
* CaptainObvious: An essential ingredient of his style and the point on which most people's mileage will vary. Part of what makes it work is what he chooses to be obvious about.
** He's obvious about things that are so obvious that we just don't even think about them anymore. Like saying that scientists should start focusing on this death thing.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: His take on Larry King.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: He titled his 2011 comedy CD ''Me Doing Stand Up''.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Norm is often involved in projects with by Creator/AdamSandler, Dennis Miller and Artie Lange.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The accusations from NBC that Norm simply wasn't funny come off this way when you consider this: his first appearance on ''SNL'' after the Weekend Update debacle (note that Norm was only fired from the sketch, not the show, so he had infrequent appearances for months afterwards) was during guest host Creator/SarahMichelleGellar's monologue. He was immediately greeted by a massively positive audience response - interrupting the skit for several moments. And just to hammer it home, Norm wound up hosting an episode himself ''a year-and-a-half'' later.
-->"How did I go in a year-and-a-half from being not funny enough to be even allowed in the building to being so funny that I'm now hosting the show? How did I suddenly get so goddamn funny?"
* NonSequitur: Nearly every week one of his news stories would "support" the conclusion that GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff. The only exception to this was when he got Hasselhoff to appear on the set and read a card saying "Germans love me," which quite reasonably supported his theory.
* RunningGag: Several on Weekend Update. The most memorable ones being [=Norm MacDonald's=] relentless insistence about OJ Simpson being guilty (ending with "This just in, murder is now legal in California"), his weird story of the week which involved, you guessed it, Frank Stallone, and his "Notes to Self" reminding him to shamelessly exploit stupid things happening in the news.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Norm's removal from Weekend Update. Now, it was claimed that it was simply because he wasn't funny (which ran counter to the opinions of critics and the studio audience). However, as noted above, OJ Simpson was a frequent source of material for Norm on Weekend Update and Simpson happened to be a friend of Don Ohlmeyer, NBC's West Coast Executive. Many suspect that Ohlmeyer was angered by Norm's jabs at Simpson and subsequently demanded his removal.
** Summed by Norm when he hosted:
-->"I had sort of a disagreement with the management at, uh, at the NBC. Uh, I wanted to keep my job, right? And they felt the exact opposite."
* TooSoon: As a guest on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', he unapologetically cracked jokes about the death of [[Series/CrocodileHunter "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin]] just after it happened. Jon Stewart practically begged him to stop... [[ActuallyPrettyFunny while fighting back fits of laughter]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: In the Celebrity Edition of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', part of his strategy was trying to find Regis' tell for a correct answer, like in a poker game. Regis didn't know the answers either, though Norm did end up winning $500,000.
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6th May '13 7:12:08 PM JIKTV
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* WrongGenreSavvy: In the Celebrity Edition of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', part of his strategy was trying to find Regis' tell for a correct answer, like in a poker game. Regis didn't know the answers either, though Norm did end up winning $500,000.
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* WrongGenreSavvy: In the Celebrity Edition of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', part of his strategy was trying to find Regis' tell for a correct answer, like in a poker game. Regis didn't know the answers either, though Norm did end up winning $500,000.
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6th May '13 7:10:30 PM JIKTV
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-->--'''Norm Macdonald'''

What happens when a DeadpanSnarker and a CloudCuckoolander have a kid. Oh, and they're both [[NietzscheWannabe nihilists]]. Well, that or [[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]]. [[OverlyLongGag Wait, Norm MacDonald is The Joker!]]

Norm [=MacDonald=] is a Canadian-born comedian who started on ''SaturdayNightLive''. Though he appeared in sketches on the show (his impressions of Burt Reynolds and Larry King were hilarious), he was most widely known for the "Weekend Update" segment, which was considered by many critics and viewers to be the [[JustHereForGodzilla only reason to watch]] ''SaturdayNightLive'' when it was limping to the barn with SeasonalRot during the show's 20th season. After a rather ignominious split from the show, he did some movies and TV shows. His appearances on late night talk shows are quite popular, for he has a tendency to lampshade the tropes of whatever medium he is currently operating in.

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-->--'''Norm Macdonald'''

[=MacDonald=]'''

What happens when a DeadpanSnarker and a CloudCuckoolander {{Cloudcuckoolander}} have a kid. Oh, and they're both [[NietzscheWannabe nihilists]]. Well, that or [[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]]. [[OverlyLongGag Wait, Norm MacDonald is The Joker!]]

Norm [=MacDonald=] is a Canadian-born comedian who started on ''SaturdayNightLive''. ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Though he appeared in sketches on the show (his impressions of Burt Reynolds and Larry King were hilarious), he was most widely known for the "Weekend Update" segment, which was considered by many critics and viewers to be the [[JustHereForGodzilla only reason to watch]] ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Saturday Night Live'' when it was limping to the barn with SeasonalRot during the show's 20th season. After a rather ignominious split from the show, he did some movies and TV shows. His appearances on late night talk shows are quite popular, for he has a tendency to lampshade the tropes of whatever medium he is currently operating in.



His most recent project was a sports show on ComedyCentral called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sports Show with Norm MacDonald]]''. It was basically his old "Weekend Update" style, 'cept about sports, and naturally, TooGoodToLast.

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His most recent project was a sports show on ComedyCentral Creator/ComedyCentral called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sports Show with Norm MacDonald]]''. It was basically his old "Weekend Update" style, 'cept about sports, and naturally, TooGoodToLast.



!Tropes

* BunnyEarsLawyer: Had one of the most memorable runs on the celebrity version of ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', where he won half a million dollars for charity, after spending the week as the ButtMonkey in the Fastest Finger contestant row (he was the last contestant to play the main game and the correct order to his solo FF question spelled out his name). He wanted to go for the million dollars, but admitted he was WildMassGuessing and was talked into walking away by Regis so that he wouldn't cost the charity the money he had banked in case he was wrong. [[spoiler: Had Norm chosen the answer he was thinking about, he would have been correct.]]

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!Tropes

!! Tropes:

* BunnyEarsLawyer: Had one of the most memorable runs on the celebrity version of ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', where he won half a million dollars for charity, after spending the week as the ButtMonkey in the Fastest Finger contestant row (he was the last contestant to play the main game and the correct order to his solo FF question spelled out his name). He wanted to go for the million dollars, but admitted he was WildMassGuessing and was talked into walking away by Regis so that he wouldn't cost the charity the money he had banked in case he was wrong. [[spoiler: Had Norm chosen the answer he was thinking about, he would have been correct.]]



* CloudCuckoolander: His take on Larry King.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: He titled his 2011 comedy CD "Me Doing Stand Up".
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Norm is often involved in projects with by Adam Sandler, Dennis Miller and Artie Lange.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The accusations from NBC that Norm simply wasn't funny come off this way when you consider this: his first appearance on ''SNL'' after the Weekend Update debacle (note that Norm was only fired from the sketch, not the show, so he had infrequent appearances for months afterwards) was during guest host Sarah Michelle Gellar's monologue. He was immediately greeted by a massively positive audience response - interrupting the skit for several moments. And just to hammer it home, Norm wound up hosting an episode himself ''a year-and-a-half'' later.

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* CloudCuckoolander: {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: His take on Larry King.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: He titled his 2011 comedy CD "Me ''Me Doing Stand Up".
Up''.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Norm is often involved in projects with by Adam Sandler, Creator/AdamSandler, Dennis Miller and Artie Lange.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The accusations from NBC that Norm simply wasn't funny come off this way when you consider this: his first appearance on ''SNL'' after the Weekend Update debacle (note that Norm was only fired from the sketch, not the show, so he had infrequent appearances for months afterwards) was during guest host Sarah Michelle Gellar's Creator/SarahMichelleGellar's monologue. He was immediately greeted by a massively positive audience response - interrupting the skit for several moments. And just to hammer it home, Norm wound up hosting an episode himself ''a year-and-a-half'' later.



* TooSoon: As a guest on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', he unapologetically cracked jokes about the death of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin just after it happened. Jon Stewart practically begged him to stop... [[ActuallyPrettyFunny while fighting back fits of laughter]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: In the Celebrity Edition of ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', part of his strategy was trying to find Regis' tell for a correct answer, like in a poker game. Regis didn't know the answers either, though Norm did end up winning $500,000.

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* TooSoon: As a guest on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', he unapologetically cracked jokes about the death of [[Series/CrocodileHunter "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin Irwin]] just after it happened. Jon Stewart practically begged him to stop... [[ActuallyPrettyFunny while fighting back fits of laughter]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: In the Celebrity Edition of ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', part of his strategy was trying to find Regis' tell for a correct answer, like in a poker game. Regis didn't know the answers either, though Norm did end up winning $500,000.
$500,000.
18th Mar '13 1:48:50 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Had one of the most memorable runs on the celebrity version of ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', where he won half a million dollars for charity, after spending the week as the ButtMonkey in the Fastest Finger contestant row (he was the last contestant to play the main gamemand the correct order to his solo FF question spelled out his name). He wanted to go for the million dollars, but admitted he was WildMassGuessing and was talked into walking away by Regis so that he wouldn't cost the charity the money he had banked in case he was wrong. [[spoiler: Had Norm chosen the answer he was thinking about, he would have been correct.]]

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Had one of the most memorable runs on the celebrity version of ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', where he won half a million dollars for charity, after spending the week as the ButtMonkey in the Fastest Finger contestant row (he was the last contestant to play the main gamemand game and the correct order to his solo FF question spelled out his name). He wanted to go for the million dollars, but admitted he was WildMassGuessing and was talked into walking away by Regis so that he wouldn't cost the charity the money he had banked in case he was wrong. [[spoiler: Had Norm chosen the answer he was thinking about, he would have been correct.]]
18th Mar '13 1:48:36 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Had one of the most memorable runs on the celebrity version of ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', where he won half a million dollars for charity, after spending the week as the ButtMonkey in the Fastest Finger contestant row (he was the last contestant to play the main game, and the correct order to his solo FF question spelled out his name). He had an inkling to what the answer of his million-dollar question was but walked away from it so that he wouldn't cost the charity the money he had banked in case he was wrong. [[spoiler: Had he chosen it for his final answer, he would have been correct.]]

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Had one of the most memorable runs on the celebrity version of ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', where he won half a million dollars for charity, after spending the week as the ButtMonkey in the Fastest Finger contestant row (he was the last contestant to play the main game, and gamemand the correct order to his solo FF question spelled out his name). He had an inkling wanted to what go for the answer of his million-dollar question million dollars, but admitted he was but walked WildMassGuessing and was talked into walking away from it by Regis so that he wouldn't cost the charity the money he had banked in case he was wrong. [[spoiler: Had he Norm chosen it for his final answer, the answer he was thinking about, he would have been correct.]]
18th Mar '13 12:56:11 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Had one of the most memorable runs on the celebrity version of ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', where he won half a million dollars for charity, after spending the week as the ButtMonkey in the Fastest Finger contestant row (he was the last contestant to play the main game, and the correct order to his solo FF question spelled out his name). He had an inkling to what the answer of his million-dollar question was but walked away from it so that he wouldn't cost the charity the money he had banked in case he was wrong. [[spoiler: Had he chosen it for his final answer, he would have been correct.]]
15th Mar '13 1:29:44 PM LongLiveHumour
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* TooSoon: As a guest on ''TheDailyShow'', he unapologetically cracked jokes about the death of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin just after it happened. Jon Stewart practically begged him to stop... [[ActuallyPrettyFunny while fighting back fits of laughter]].

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* TooSoon: As a guest on ''TheDailyShow'', ''Series/TheDailyShow'', he unapologetically cracked jokes about the death of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin just after it happened. Jon Stewart practically begged him to stop... [[ActuallyPrettyFunny while fighting back fits of laughter]].
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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: He titled his 2011 comedy CD "Me Doing Stand Up".
9th Aug '12 12:53:01 AM TompaDompa
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What happens when a DeadpanSnarker and a CloudCuckoolander have a kid. Oh, and they're both [[NietzscheWannabe nihilists]]. Well, that or [[TheDarkKnight The Joker]]. [[OverlyLongGag Wait, Norm MacDonald is The Joker!]]

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What happens when a DeadpanSnarker and a CloudCuckoolander have a kid. Oh, and they're both [[NietzscheWannabe nihilists]]. Well, that or [[TheDarkKnight [[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]]. [[OverlyLongGag Wait, Norm MacDonald is The Joker!]]



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