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Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Did Hannah Gadsby "subtweet" Michael Che during the Emmys?
Source: Vanity Fair
Emmys co-host Che has obliquely criticized Gadsby's Nanette while emphasizing repeatedly that he's never actually seen her critically acclaimed Netflix standup comedy special. On the Emmys, Gadsby seemed to fire back at her harshest critics, who apparently include Che and Norm Macdonald, who also has never seen the special. “What are jokes these days?” Hannah Gadsby asked during her time on stage. “We don’t know. Nobody knows what jokes are, but especially not men. Isn’t that right, fellas?”
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 7:37AM EDT
It's hard not to think of Michelle Wolf's cancelation in wake of Norm Macdonald Has a Show
Source: The Daily Beast
The Break with Michelle Wolf and Norm Macdonald Has a Show only have the Netflix connection in common. Otherwise, they're not connected at all. Yet Macdonald's "sh*tty show" feels like a taunt coming so soon after Wolf's cancelation, says Kevin Fallon. "Norm Macdonald has a show and Michelle Wolf does not. That’s aggravating," he says. "It’s aggravating because of what Wolf’s show and her material contributed to the national discourse, and the utter pointlessness of what’s happening on Macdonald’s series. And it’s aggravating that this is the show we’re given in the wake of Macdonald’s controversial comments (last) week. All that... for this?" Fallon says Wolf's The Break "was a sharply written, carefully planned, high-production gem, a valuable and critically valued descendant of The Daily Show with a necessary point of view. (A woman’s!)" Meanwhile, Fallon adds, "Norm Macdonald Has a Show doesn’t even approach anything arguably valuable. In the first episode, David Spade gamely tells stories from the start of his career, but Macdonald barely seems to be paying attention. Everyone is maniacally laughing through the whole thing, but you can’t shake the notion that you just walked in on your uncles having beers in the garage cracking themselves up, but you’re just not in on the joke."
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
Even if you're a Norm Macdonald fan, you have to admit: Netflix's Norm Macdonald Has a Show is a disaster
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Norm Macdonald is an acquired taste. Yet Tim Goodman, who says he's been a fan of just about everything the SNL alum has done, found his new Netflix show to be lacking. "Norm Macdonald Has a Show, his new Netflix series, is pretty terrible," says Goodman. "It's labor-intensive to get through. In the moments when it's disastrously bad, you wonder if that's the joke; given that Macdonald is notoriously adherent to anti-jokes and anti-stories as a conceit, it's at least a possibility. But no. Netflix basically thought the concept of his podcast — Norm Macdonald Live, with co-host Adam Eget, who reprises his role here of laughing uproariously, often without cause — would make a good show. And since Macdonald frequently mentions Netflix's Ted Sarandos in the premiere, it's quite possible this series lives because Sarandos liked it and said sure, why not, which is an operating principle that has worked way more often than it has failed over at the streaming Death Star."
- Norm Macdonald Has a Show was built to feed the needs and reinforce the perspective of a single person: Norm Macdonald
- It feels more like a freewheeling podcast that got filmed for posterity
- Too many of Macdonald's guests have ties to Netflix
- Macdonald excels with sometimes provocative questions -- "Do you miss cocaine?" -- while Jane Fonda's episode is one of the best TV episodes of the year
- Macdonald was smart to shun topicality on his show -- because, as he learned this week, topicality gets him into trouble
- Macdonald admits he's out of step with comedy -- he has yet to watch Seinfeld, 30 Rock or "The Amy Poehler show"
- Macdonald always wanted a talk show. "I thought I wanted one," he says. "It’s fun, but once I got it I realized how difficult it is"
- Macdonald was wrong to denounce Hannah Gadsby's Nanette without watching it because, like him, it's similarly idiosyncratic
- Macdonald's initial #MeToo disparagement proves that the world stage has always belonged to guys like him
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Norm Macdonald apologizes for his Down Syndrome remark as The View presses him on #MeToo
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Macdonald's press tour to promote his new Netflix talk show Norm Macdonald Has a Show has turned into an endless apology tour as the comedian appeared on The View this morning. “It’s always bad when you have to apologize for the apology,” a miserable-looking Macdonald said in apologizing for telling Howard Stern yesterday that “you’d have to have Down syndrome” not to feel sorry for victims of sexual abuse. “There used to be a word we would all say to mean stupid that we wouldn’t say any more," he said. "You know the word I’m talking about? Stupidly I was about to say that word and I stopped and (wondered) what the right word was to say, and I said a different word that was equally (offensive). I realized at that moment I said something unforgivable…The remark I made about people with Down syndrome is terrible.” Joy Behar asked him about his comments in The Hollywood Reporter dwelling on the hardships faced by Roseanne Barr and Louis CK. "That doesn't compute," Behar said. "Can you explain yourself a little?" Macdonald explained that he was saying that their victims didn't go through this. "This particular event," he said. "Of course, the victims have gone through worse than that. But am I going to get a victim to phone Roseanne?” Towards the end of the interview when Whoopi Goldberg brought up his Netflix show, Macdonald said, “I feel a little weird plugging it at this point.”
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Norm Macdonald gets into more trouble with Down Syndrome comment in reaction to the #MeToo backlash
Source: The New York Times
“You’d have to have Down syndrome” not to feel sorry for the victims of sexual abuse, Macdonald said in his interview this morning with Howard Stern. While discussing that "of course" he understands the trauma of sexual abuse victims after defending Louis CK, Macdonald joked that Down Syndrome is "my new word." (MacDonald may have been alluding to finding a word to replace “retarded,” which he has used as an insult in the past.) “You’d have to have Down syndrome to not feel sorry for — of course, #MeToo is what you want for your daughters," he told Stern. Macdonald's latest comments were met with Twitter backlash, but Netflix has yet to respond.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Norm Macdonald: The Tonight Show wanted me to apologize for my controversial #MeToo comments
Macdonald detailed to Howard Stern this morning how he ended up being dropped from last night's Tonight Show at the last minute following outrage over his interview with The Hollywood Reporter in which he portrayed Louis CK and Roseanne Barr as victims. According to TVLine, Macdonald said when he arrived at his dressing room, Tonight Show producers made it clear that Fallon would have to acknowledge his comments, and they urged him to apologize at the beginning of his appearance. Then Fallon himself stopped by and asked, “How should we play this?” Macdonald agreed to address the comments at the end of the interview. But Macdonald said Fallon's producers didn't like that idea, adding that they were "crying" over the idea of letting him appear on-air. “He was very broken up about it, he didn’t want this,” Macdonald said to Stern. “Jimmy said, ‘Come back whenever you want, but I think it will hurt the show tonight,'” Macdonald said, adding: “I said, ‘Jimmy, that’s the last thing I want to do, is hurt your show.” Macdonald said he understood where Fallon was coming from. “Part of the reason I love (Jimmy) is because he does nothing about the news," said Macdonald. "He’s just a song-and-dance man. He’s not a political comedian.” Macdonald, who apologized on Twitter for his comments after the cancelation, also explained to Stern that "I’m totally behind the #MeToo movement," adding that he wasn't saying what Roseanne and Louis CK have experienced "was way worse than what victims went through. What the victims went through is horrible.”
- The Tonight Show's cancelation is a reminder of how safe Fallon plays it: "Navigating complex issues presented by Macdonald’s dust-up — without fear of embarrassment — requires a host with intellectual heft, a broad sensibility and courage to confront. Jimmy Fallon has yet to prove he bears such qualities," says Colby Hall, adding: "As we saw last night, Mr. Fallon hides from the task of confronting meaningful topics moving the public discourse."
- Macdonald told Stern he was confused during his Hollywood Reporter interview because "I'm a dumb f*cking guy"
- Macdonald's "apology" was a bunch of words resembling an apology, but meant nothing at all
- Macdonald says The Comedy Cellar should give women traumatized by Louis CK's surprise standup $200 each: "I think they could get through the trauma if they were paid $200 and could buy some nice shoes."
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Norm Macdonald apologizes for "minimizing the pain" of Louis CK and Roseanne Barr's victims
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years," Macdonald tweeted on Tuesday evening, hours after his controversial #MeToo comments were published in The Hollywood Reporter. "They both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions. If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry." Macdonald said in The Hollywood Reporter interview promoting his new Netflix show, "well, Louis and Roseanne are the two people I know. And Roseanne was so broken up (after her show’s reboot was canceled) that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that. But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, 'What about the victims?' But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that." ALSO: Macdonald doesn't seem to realize that second chances are earned. UPDATE: The Tonight Show canceled Macdonald's appearance Tuesday, saying in a statement: “Out of sensitivity to our audience and in light of Norm Macdonald’s comments in the press today, The Tonight Show has decided to cancel his appearance on Tuesday’s telecast."
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Norm Macdonald questions the #MeToo movement, reveals he had Louis CK phone Roseanne Barr after her firing
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Macdonald tells The Hollywood Reporter "I'm happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit," pointing to Chris Hardwick, whom he says, "I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there." Macdonald, who previously said murderers get more sympathy than Louis CK, says the lack of forgiveness in the #MeToo movement is a major flaw. "The model used to be admit wrongdoing, show complete contrition, and then we give you a second chance," he says. "Now it's admit wrongdoing and you're finished. And so the only way to survive is to deny, deny, deny. That's not healthy — that there is no forgiveness. I do think that at some point it will end with a completely innocent person of prominence sticking a gun in his head and ending it. That's my guess. I know a couple of people this has happened to." He also reveals that since he had Louis CK phone Roseanne Barr, whom he worked for on Roseanne, after she was fired for her racist tweet. "Roseanne was so broken up (after her firing) that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that," says Macdonald. "But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, 'What about the victims?' But you know what? The victims didn't have to go through that." What did Roseanne and Louis CK talk about? "They both said they had a good conversation and were just giving any advice you could give to each other," says Macdonald. "There would be no way for me to even understand that advice, because who has ever gone through such a thing? All their work in their entire life being wiped out in a single day, a moment."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Norm Macdonald thinks some murderers get more sympathy than Louis CK
Source: Page Six
“It’s weird that you can commit murder and go to prison and do your time and then everybody goes, ‘He’s done his time, he deserves to work, how dare you treat him as less than you just because he murdered a guy,’ because he did his penance for it. And yet the Twitter mob, there is no sentence for it,” Macdonald tells Forbes. “But I think we’re going to return to reason and realize you shouldn’t ban a person for life for doing something that you couldn’t even put him in prison for.”
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
How Burt Reynolds inspired SNL's "Celebrity Jeopardy!" sketch
Source: The Washington Post
Norm Macdonald got the "Celebrity Jeopardy!" idea from an SCTV game show sketch written by Eugene Levy. Macdonald phoned Levy, who gave him the sketch. “When it came time to do the sketch, I went down and saw my wardrobe and there was white beard and a bald white cap, and I said, ‘No, no, I want to do Burt Reynolds from 1972,” Macdonald recalled to Howard Stern. “And it’s funny to me, but no one ever mentioned it, that one guy on 'Celebrity Jeopardy!' is from 40 years ago.”
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
Evening Shade creators remember Burt Reynolds
Co-creators Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason released a statement paying tribute to Reynolds, who starred on the CBS sitcom from 1990 to 1994, earning an Emmy and a Golden Globe award. "The critically acclaimed series, Evening Shade, was created expressly for and with the incomparable help of Burt Reynolds," said the husband-and-wife producing team. "Burt won the Emmy for best actor during our first season. He was sweet, brash, exasperating, hot-tempered, generous and wickedly talented. To be sure, it was a wild ride. R.I.P. Burt. May your star never go out."
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Norm Macdonald believes he was fired as SNL "Weekend Update" anchor because of his "experimental stuff" -- not for mocking O.J. Simpson
Source: The New York Times
Macdonald was famously fired by NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer, a friend of Simpson's, who overruled Lorne Michaels nearly 21 years ago. In a New York Times profile, Macdonald said he believes he was fired for his material, and not for his O.J. jokes. “We were doing experimental stuff, non sequiturs,” he says. “Ohlmeyer would watch Leno kill every night for 15 minutes. Every joke, huge laughs, and then I’d do 10 minutes a week and sometimes not get laughs.” Macdonald also spoke about his new Netflix interview show, Norm Macdonald Has a Show. “My idea was ‘The Latest Show,’" Macdonald said. “That’s a clever little title.” But he settled on "Norm Macdonald Has a Show," which The Times says perfectly describes Macdonald's "fatalistic disillusionment with show business."
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Norm Macdonald Has a Show drops all episodes on Netflix next month, with guests including Judge Judy, Lorne Michaels and M. Night Shyamalan
The former SNL "Weekend Update" anchor's new Netflix talk show will drop all 10 of its Season 1 episodes on Sept. 14, the same day that Netflix will also debut the fifth season of Bojack Horseman and American Vandal Season 2. Macdonald's guests include Chevy Chase, Jane Fonda, David Letterman, David Spade, Judge Judy, Michael Keaton, M. Night Shyamalan, Lorne Michaels, Billy Joe Shaver and Drew Barrymore.
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Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 2:00PM EST
Norm Macdonald will host Netflix's Norm Macdonald Has a Show from executive producer David Letterman
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" anchor-turned-podcast host announced the news that he previously hinted about on Twitter, posting his text exchange confirming the deal with Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. Letterman will serve as executive producer, or "location scout" on the talk show, which will feature Macdonald, sidekick Adam Eget and a celebrity guest, featuring “great and unexpected conversation, jokes, and a behind-the-scenes look at Norm’s world." Netflix has ordered 10 episodes to premiere later this year or early next year.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
Norm Macdonald: I’m in talks to host a Netflix talk show
While participating in a Reddit AMA earlier today, the SNL alum and host of the podcast/YouTube show Norm Macdonald Live, said: “I did my podcast in order to see if I could host a talk show. And I think I succeeded and have now been offered a talk show by Netflix. All the podcasts were rehearsals.”