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RIP: Norm Macdonald

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Posted By: Magnante, 9/15/2021 6:34:13 AM

I was shocked and saddened to learn that after a private bout with cancer, Norm Macdonald has succumbed at the age of 61. He has long been one of my favorite comedians, a man whose sense of irony was sharp and whose courage was legendary, (snip) political correctness had no appeal for him. He delighted in outraging the sensibilities of pious leftists, such as this excursion into women and comedy [video] (snip) Here is Norm on white privilege [video] (snip) His 1987 roast of President Clinton (to his face) at the White House Correspondents Dinner is the stuff of legend [video]

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici 9/15/2021 7:08:17 AM (No. 915066)
I only ever watched a handful of SNL episodes live, and a few more recorded. As a result, I have never understood the adulation for Norm MacDonald's comedy. I have heard multiple interviews with him where the hosts, and live audience if there was one, completely lost it over bits he did which were mildly amusing.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Lazyman 9/15/2021 7:39:37 AM (No. 915091)
I'm most proud of the fact, I don't know who these people are. I watched the clips and I didn't think he was funny. I have many real friends that are hysterical.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: LadyHen 9/15/2021 8:42:28 AM (No. 915134)
A sad loss. Too young and he kept his illness to himself for 9 years. In this day of FB, Twitter, Instagram, you name it, I respect that. Loved his dry humor with no respect for PC. He gave SNL the middle finger and tipped a few Hollywood golden calves. Dh and I have watched his "moth joke" on Conan a few times in the past day. Gets me every time. And no his humor flies over the heads of some folks so he isn't for everyone. You know, some folks must go to funerals and while standing over the casket say "Eh, didn't know that guy but figured I'd come be a jerk at his funeral."
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Reply 4 - Posted by: wayneright 9/15/2021 9:43:38 AM (No. 915192)
A huge loss. My wife and I saw Norm perform at a small club several years ago. He worked on another level than most. Very smart guy. By all accounts a good guy.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: PCMM 9/15/2021 10:45:24 AM (No. 915261)
I also find it hard to believe that someone would brag about not knowing Norm. He has a bit about fighting cancer (always ends in a draw because the cancer dies, too). RIP
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Reply 6 - Posted by: jj1319 9/15/2021 10:52:47 AM (No. 915276)
I really like the way #3 put it. One of Norm's close friends (a name you would know) said today that he was in the dark about the cancer. Norm was about entertainment and laughter. He didn't want to detract from that in any way. He even joked about his gambling problem. Not at all sensitive. As I stated earlier, brilliant comic. So sad.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Coach 9/15/2021 11:46:31 AM (No. 915341)
If you want an absolutely gut-busting laugh, look up Norm’s take on “Teachers are the real heroes”. Being heckled by a teacher in the audience makes it even better.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Peaches 9/15/2021 11:54:33 AM (No. 915352)
Want some laughs? Search "Norm Macdonald Hillary Clinton" on YouTube and enjoy!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: LadyHen 9/15/2021 12:53:33 PM (No. 915418)
He got banned from the View for actually saying the Clintons are murderers, multiple times. You should have seen those fat old biddies sputter and rage. He was loving it!! Norm was never afraid to say the quiet part out loud.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Italiano 9/15/2021 2:08:00 PM (No. 915475)
I'd never heard of him, but now that I've seen a few of his videos, I wish that I had.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: earlybird 9/15/2021 6:05:03 PM (No. 915707)
A very funny man. We enjoyed his brand of humor.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird 9/15/2021 6:07:57 PM (No. 915708)
Re #3, well done.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: zoidberg 9/15/2021 8:59:38 PM (No. 915860)
Norm Macdonald pulled no punches. He got fired from SNL because he wasn't afraid to call O.J. a murderer and Michael Jackson a pedophile. Dennis Miller was his good friend and a huge fan.
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