The Tonight Show just canceled tonight’s Norm Macdonald appearance 

History repeated itself tonight, as an NBC late-night program abruptly booted comedian Norm Macdonald from a high-profile gig. This time, it wasn’t Saturday Night Live and “Weekend Update,” though, but The Tonight Show, which announced just a few minutes ago that it was killing Macdonald’s planned appearance on…

Norm Macdonald Has A Show, a premiere date, and a sit-down with old boss Lorne Michaels

We’ve been hearing about Norm Macdonald Has A Show—the high-profile Netflix continuation of Macdonald’s long-running online talk series—for a while now, as the streaming service builds up hype for its latest foray into the world of comedy talk. (R.I.P. The Joel McHale Show, Chelsea, and The Break.) Now, the service…

Norm Macdonald spent his weekend tweeting at Lena Dunham for some reason

Whether you’re talking best stand-up comedians, best late-night talk show guests, or best Canadians, Norm Macdonald has got to be a part of the conversation. But what does a Norm Macdonald do on his time off, when he’s not being simply the best? Well, if you were to ask that question this weekend, the answer would be …

Let's talk about Norm Macdonald, divisive comic genius

“Norm splits people,” says Nerdwriter at the top of his latest video essay on stand-up icon Norm Macdonald. He’s not wrong. Macdonald has spent his career alienating audiences with jokes that repeatedly test an audience’s patience, whether it be through an “offensive” punchline (revisit his time hosting SNL’s…

Watch Norm Macdonald and Dave Letterman chit-chat for an hour about comedy and the state of late-night

Post-retirement, Dave Letterman continues to be selective (possibly even elusive) about where he pops up. A Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction here, a climate change documentary there, sure, but it’s rare to see him just shoot the breeze anymore. Which is why it was so invigorating to see Letterman mix it up with his…

Norm Macdonald doesn’t like his new stand-up special

Though he’s out on the road doing stand-up about two-thirds of the year, Norm Macdonald hasn’t really concerned himself with disseminating that material through a greater platform like, say, Netflix. That is, until recently—the streaming platform did just release Macdonald’s Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery earlier…

Norm Macdonald tells a single joke in the teaser for his Netflix special

There isn’t much to say about this teaser for Norm Macdonald’s Netflix special, which is called Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery, as the whole thing is just him telling a single (pretty funny) joke. He’s basically questioning the basic concept of abbreviating “identification” into “ID,” which doesn’t really make a lot…

Roseanne’s up for a Roseanne reunion, which Norm Macdonald wants to write

Incomplete Roseanne reunions have happened throughout the years, mostly at Sara Gilbert’s behest. But after John Goodman recently dropped by The Talk to visit with his former TV daughter, the clamoring for a complete gathering of the cast began anew. And now, instead of another interview-style reunion, Roseanne Barr…

Our 20 favorite books of 2016

When things get hard, you can always retreat into a good book. For all the drawbacks of 2016, the year produced some wonderful books to lose ourselves in, from extraordinary memoirs to autobiographies seeking deeper truths about the nature of fame to fantasy worlds that hold us enthralled. In no particular order, The…

Norm Macdonald’s lie of a memoir is a rejoinder to oversharing comedians

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“There is the way things are and then the way things appear, and it is the way things appear, even when false, that is often the truest. If I am remembered, it will always be by the four years I spent at Saturday Night Live and, maybe even more than that, by the events surrounding my departure from that show. As long…

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