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Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Chevy Chase isn't a fan of how "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night" is delivered on SNL nowadays
"I mean it just gets so bad, and it seems like some guys are out there just to be the guy who says, 'Live from New York,' and then does it poorly," Chase says on Norm Macdonald Has a Show, according to Cinema Blend. "Anyway, that's not nice of me to say, but...f*ck 'em."
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 Friday 9/07/18 at 5:04PM EDT
Norm Macdonald Has a Show gets an official trailer: Watch him ask Drew Barrymore if she misses cocaine
The former SNL "Weekend Update" anchor also asks David Letterman if he thinks about dying in the trailer for his new Netflix interview show.
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.