Norm Macdonald
Norm Macdonald
Norman Gene "Norm" Macdonald is a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor. He is best known for his five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, which included anchoring Weekend Update for three years. Early in his career, he wrote for the sitcom Roseanne and made appearances on shows including The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio. He also starred in The Norm Show from 1999 to 2001.
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Advertising Pros Reveal Their Favorite Fast Food Mascots
Huffington Post - about 1 month
By Heather Taylor Value menus, drive-thrus, and the ability to say “supersize it” on everything from French fries to sodas. It’s no secret that fast food has left a lasting impact on our culture, both within our lexicon and the food itself, which has long been advertised by a motley crew of colorful characters. But which mascots are beloved by the mad men and women, anyway? From cows that can’t spell to silent kings, we’ve gathered together members of the advertising community to share their thoughts about their favorite faces in fast food. Jack In The Box He’s made our list as one of industry’s most stylish mascots and Jack’s signature look, coupled with his bold attitude and relatable personality, makes him a slam dunk favorite with just about everyone in advertising. “Jack is one of the true challenger brands, unafraid to march to his own beat,” says David Angelo, Founder and Chairman at David&Goliath. While he admits that he might be a bit biased because h ...
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Watch the first trailer for ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ season 9
Yahoo News - 2 months
2016 has been an incredibly fraught year, but at least Jerry Seinfeld is attempting to end it on a positive note with the release of the first trailer for the ninth season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee . By the time the new season begins, it will only have been six months since the eighth season concluded. As with each of the past three seasons, Seinfeld will be joined by six guests in season 9: Kristen Wiig, Norm Macdonald, Cedric the Entertainer, Lewis Black, Bob Einstein and Christoph Waltz. You could argue that Waltz isn't exactly a comedian, but neither was President Obama, and that still worked out pretty well . Take a sneak peek at the new season and the upcoming guests in the short trailer below: 53 episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee have aired to date. Although there has been some talk of Seinfeld exploring other options outside of the Crackle streaming service, the two parties appear to have reached a deal, as the nin ...
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When Jimmy mussed Donny and the role of television in Donald Trump's win
LATimes - 2 months
Along with the comedian Norm Macdonald and the singer Kiiara, Donald J. Trump appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Sept. 15, a lifetime ago. That was the night that, in a gesture that for some viewers said more about the host than the guest, Fallon rumpled Trump's hair. It was...
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Comedian Norm Macdonald on new memoir
CBS News - 5 months
In a comedy career that has spanned 30 years, Norm Macdonald has headlined his own sitcom and appeared or lent his voice to dozens of other movies and TV shows. But his latest project is a book -- "Based on a True Story: A Memoir." He joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss his memoir.
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Norm MacDonald opens up about memoir 'Based on a True Story'
Fox News - 5 months
Actor and comedian talks new book
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House sitter reportedly found dead in Norm MacDonald's home
Fox News - 5 months
Comedian Norm Macdonald‘s house sitter was found dead in his home.
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You'll Never Guess Who KFC Just Chose To Be Colonel Sanders
Huffington Post - 12 months
Talk about breaking barriers in the world of fried chicken. Today David Alan Grier announced via Twitter that his next gig will involve peddling chicken as Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Colonel Sanders for the company's forthcoming ad campaign -- making him the first African-American to command the role. Breaking News: David Alan Grier has been cast as the first African American Colonel Sanders in the new KFC ad campaign. #KFC — David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) March 3, 2016 Alan follows a revolving list of actors -- including Jim Gaffigan, Norm Macdonald and Darrell Hammond -- who have portrayed KFC’s famous brand ambassador, which is inspired by the company’s founder Colonel Harland David Sanders. M.C. Hammer and Ray Charles also starred in a series of commercials during the early 1990s.    Congrats, Alan! It’s a greasy job, but someone’s got to do it! -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It m ...
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Eddie Murphy Nails Bill Cosby Joke In Rare Stand-Up Set
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Eddie Murphy delivered a rare stand-up set with the very thing he didn't want to do a few months ago: a Bill Cosby joke.  Murphy received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Sunday night, where he took to the stage for his first stand-up performance in 28 years. Back in February, we learned via a tweet from former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Norm Macdonald that Murphy had declined to portray Cosby on the "SNL" 40th anniversary special, not wanting to "kick a man when he is down." But Murphy wasn't holding back on Sunday. "Bill has one of these," the Oscar-nominated comedian joked, referring to the Mark Twain bust that honorees receive. "Did you all make him give it back?” (Several universities have revoked Cosby's honorary degrees in the wake of his numerous sexual abuse allegations.)  Murphy then morphed into Cosby's sing-songy lilt, saying, "I would like to talk to some of the people who feel that I should give back some of my motherf**ki ...
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Eddie Murphy Explains Why He Wouldn't Portray Bill Cosby On 'SNL' Special
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Eddie Murphy Explains Why He Wouldn't Portray Bill Cosby On 'SNL' Special
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Comedian breaks down on 'Letterman'
CNN - almost 2 years
Comedian Norm Macdonald broke down during his last appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman."
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Why Murphy wouldn't play Cosby on 'SNL'
USA Today - about 2 years
Norm MacDonald tweeted an unbelievable diary of what led up to the show.          
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Norm Macdonald
  • 2015
    In August 2015, he succeeded Darrel Hammond as Colonel Sanders in TV commercials for the KFC chain of fast food restaurants.
    More Details Hide Details Macdonald says his influences include Bob Newhart, Leo Tolstoy, Bob Hope, Sam Kinison, and Dennis Miller. Speaking about Canada's homegrown comedy industry, Macdonald reflected that he would have liked there to have been more opportunity for him to stay in the country early in his career, stating: Reflecting on the state of modern comedy, Macdonald bemoans the influx of dramatic actors into comedy and comedians into dramatic acting:
    Also in 2015, Macdonald was a judge for the ninth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, joining the previous season's judges, Roseanne Barr and Keenan Ivory Wayans and replacing fellow Canadian Russell Peters from 2014.
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    On May 15, 2015, Macdonald was the final stand-up act on the Late Show with David Letterman and included in his set a joke Letterman had told the first time Macdonald had ever seen him, during his appearance on a Canadian talk show, 90 Minutes Live, in the 1970s, where a teenaged Macdonald had been in the studio audience.
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  • 2014
    The second season of Norm Macdonald Live began on May 12, 2014.
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    In 2014, Macdonald unsuccessfully campaigned on Twitter to be named the new host of The Late Late Show after then-current host Craig Ferguson announced he would be leaving.
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    On an episode of the Rob Breakenridge Show airing February 6, 2014, Macdonald said he was writing his memoirs.
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  • 2013
    On March 26, 2013, Macdonald premiered his new podcast, called Norm Macdonald Live, co-hosted by Adam Eget, streaming live weekly on Video Podcast Network, and posted later on YouTube.
    More Details Hide Details It received positive notices from USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and the "America's Comedy" website, while the Independent Film Channel stated that while Macdonald remained "a comedy force to be reckoned with", and "did not quite disappoint", the show was "a bit rough around the edges."
  • 2012
    In June 2012, he became the spokesperson for Safe Auto Insurance Company.
    More Details Hide Details Along with television and radio commercials, web banners and outdoor boards, the effort included a series of made-for-web videos. As part of the campaign, the state minimum auto insurance company is introducing a new tagline, "Drive Safe, Spend Less."
  • 2011
    On February 26, 2011, he became a commentator and co-host (with Kara Scott) of the seventh season of the TV series High Stakes Poker on Game Show Network.
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    Macdonald's first standup special, Me Doing Stand-Up, aired on Comedy Central on March 26, 2011.
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    Sports Show with Norm Macdonald premiered April 12, 2011.
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  • 2010
    In September 2010, Macdonald was developing a series for Comedy Central that he described as a sports version of The Daily Show.
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    He has made frequent appearances on the Internet talk show Tom Green's House Tonight, and on May 20, 2010, was guest host.
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  • 2009
    Macdonald became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien during its 2009 and 2010 run.
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    On May 31, 2009, he appeared on Million Dollar Password.
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    On the May 16, 2009, episode of Saturday Night Live, Macdonald reappeared as Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy!, and in another sketch.
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    In 2009, Macdonald played a fictional, down-on-his-luck version of himself on FX's The Norm Macdonald Reality Show.
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  • 2008
    On August 17, 2008, Macdonald was a participant in the Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget, performing intentionally cheesy and G-rated material that contrasted greatly with the raunchy performances of the other roasters.
    More Details Hide Details In AT&T commercials around Christmas 2007 and 2008, Macdonald voiced a gingerbread boy in a commercial for AT&T's GoPhone.
    On June 19, 2008, Macdonald was a celebrity panelist on two episodes of a revived version of the game show Match Game.
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  • 2007
    In the 2007 World Series of Poker, he came in 20th place out of 827 entrants in the $3,000 No Limit Texas Hold 'em event, winning $14,608.
    More Details Hide Details He made it to round two of the $5,000 World Championship of Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em. On the comedy website, Super Deluxe, he has created an animated series entitled "The Fake News". Macdonald has filled in during Dennis Miller's weekly O'Reilly Factor "Miller Time" segment, and guest-hosted Miller's radio show on which he was a regular weekly contributor.
  • 2006
    In September 2006, Macdonald's sketch comedy album Ridiculous was released by Comedy Central Records.
    More Details Hide Details It features appearances by Will Ferrell, Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows, Molly Shannon and Artie Lange. Macdonald was a guest character on My Name Is Earl in the episode "Two Balls, Two Strikes" as "Lil Chubby", the son of "Chubby" (played by Burt Reynolds), similar to Macdonald's portrayals of Reynolds on SNL.
    In 2006, Macdonald again performed as a voice actor, this time in a series of commercials for the Canadian cellphone-services provider Bell Mobility, as the voice of "Frank the Beaver".
    More Details Hide Details The campaign was extended through 2008 to promote offerings from other Bell Canada divisions such as the Internet provider Bell Sympatico and the satellite service Bell TV.
  • 2005
    Later in 2005, Macdonald performed as a voice actor, portraying a genie named Norm, on two episodes of the cartoon series The Fairly OddParents.
    More Details Hide Details But he could not return for the third episode, "Fairy Idol", owing to a scheduling conflict.
    In 2005, Macdonald signed a deal with Comedy Central to create the sketch-comedy Back to Norm, which debuted that May.
    More Details Hide Details The pilot was never turned into a series. Its cold opening parodied the suicide of Budd Dwyer, a Pennsylvania politician who, facing decades of incarceration, committed suicide on live television in 1987. Rob Schneider appeared in the pilot.
  • 2003
    In 2003 he played the title character in the Fox sitcom A Minute with Stan Hooper, which was canceled after six episodes.
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  • 2000
    On November 12, 2000, he appeared on the Celebrity Edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, winning $500,000 for Paul Newman's Charity Camp.
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    In 2000, Macdonald played the starring role for the second time in a motion picture, Screwed, which fared poorly at the box office.
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  • 1999
    Macdonald returned to Saturday Night Live to host the October 23, 1999, show.
    More Details Hide Details In his opening monologue, he expressed resentment at having been fired, then concluded that the only reason he was asked to host was because "the show has gotten really bad" since he left, echoing a perennial criticism of the show. The next episode, airing November 6, 1999, and hosted by Dylan McDermott, featured a sketch wherein Chris Kattan, as the androgynous character Mango, is opening letters from celebrity admirers and, after opening the last one, says "letter is from Norm Macdonald—who is that?" Earlier in 1999, Macdonald made a cameo appearance in the Andy Kaufman biographical drama Man on the Moon. When Michael Richards refused to portray himself in the scene reenacting the famous Fridays incident in which Kaufman throws water in his face, Macdonald stepped in to play Richards, although he is never referred to by name.
    He appeared on the September 1999 Saturday Night Live primetime special celebrating the program's 25th year on the air.
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    In 1999, Macdonald starred in the sitcom The Norm Show (later renamed Norm), co-starring Laurie Metcalf, Artie Lange and Ian Gomez.
    More Details Hide Details It ran for three seasons on ABC. Macdonald voiced Hardee's restaurants' (Carl's Jr. on the U.S. west coast) costumed mascot, the Hardee's star in advertisements. Macdonald appeared on several Miller Lite commercials that year.
  • 1998
    On February 28, 1998, in one of his last appearances on SNL, he played the host of a fictitious TV show called Who's More Grizzled? who asked questions of "mountain men" played by that night's host Garth Brooks and special guest Robert Duvall.
    More Details Hide Details In the sketch, Brooks's character said to Macdonald's character, "I don't much care for you," to which Macdonald replied, "A lot of people don't." In a Late Show with David Letterman interview, Macdonald said that after being fired, he could not "do anything else on any competing show." Soon after leaving Saturday Night Live, Macdonald co-wrote and starred in the "revenge comedy" Dirty Work (1998), directed by Bob Saget and co-starring Artie Lange and featuring Chris Farley in his last movie; the film was dedicated in his memory. Later that year, Macdonald voiced the character of Lucky the dog in the Eddie Murphy adaptation of Dr. Dolittle. He reprised the role in both Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) and Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006). Macdonald voiced the character of Death on an episode of Family Guy. Because of a conflict with his standup comedy schedule, he was unavailable to voice the character for his next appearance; Death has since been voiced by Adam Carolla.
    In early 1998, Don Ohlmeyer had Macdonald removed as "Weekend Update" anchor, citing declining ratings and a drop-off in quality.
    More Details Hide Details Macdonald and others believed that the real reason for his dismissal was the inclusion of a series of jokes calling O. J. Simpson a murderer during and after the trial (Ohlmeyer was good friends with Simpson). The jokes were written primarily by Macdonald and longtime SNL writer Jim Downey, who was fired from SNL outright at the same time. (He was rehired in 2000.) Downey pointed out in an interview that Ohlmeyer had thrown a party for the jurors that had acquitted Simpson.
  • 1997
    During the April 12, 1997, show (host Rob Lowe, musical guest The Spice Girls), wherein, during a "Weekend Update" story about Tabitha Soren, he accidentally coughed in the middle of a sentence and, live on the air, muttered, "What the fuck was that?" The audience applauded, and Macdonald laughed the error away (saying at one point "My farewell performance" and, in closing, "Maybe we'll see you next week").
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  • 1996
    Despite referring to himself as apolitical, Macdonald has made controversial statements regarding politically charged issues. At the end of the last Weekend Update segment before the 1996 presidential election, Macdonald urged viewers to vote for Bob Dole (of whom Macdonald frequently performed a comic impersonation), though hinting that he had solely said it so that he could continue impersonating him.
    More Details Hide Details On the November 16, 2000, episode of The View Macdonald said that he thought George W. Bush was "a decent man" and he called Bill Clinton a "murderer" (regarding the Vince Foster case). Macdonald later stated in Maxim magazine that he is completely apolitical, and that he was joking when he said Clinton "killed a guy" (he further explained on The Adam Carolla Show that the comments were simply designed to anger Barbara Walters). In a phone interview, he later clarified his views on George W. Bush and the Iraq War thus: "I wish there was another president, a different president engaging the war, since we're in the war because I don't think Bush did a very good job with it. The war itself, you know, if it works it was worth it. But I don't know if it's going to work, so I don't know".
    During the February 24, 1996, episode, Macdonald made a controversial joke about the sentencing of John Lotter, one of the two men who committed the notorious murder of Brandon Teena: "In Falls City, Nebraska, John Lotter has been sentenced to death for attempting to kill three people in what prosecutors called a plot to silence a cross-dressing female who had accused him of rape.
    More Details Hide Details Now this might strike some viewers as harsh, but I believe everyone involved in this story deserved to die." After the announcement that Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley planned to divorce, Macdonald joked about their irreconcilable differences on "Weekend Update": "She's more of a stay-at-home type, and he's more of a homosexual pedophile." He followed this up a few episodes later with a report about the singer's collapse and hospitalization. Referring to a report of how Jackson had decorated his hospital room with giant photographs of Shirley Temple, Macdonald remarked that viewers should not get the wrong idea, adding, "Michael Jackson is a homosexual pedophile." The joke elicited audible gasps from some audience members. He responded to this by saying, "What? He is a homosexual pedophile."
  • 1993
    He is divorced from wife Connie, with whom he has a son, Dylan, born circa 1993.
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    Macdonald joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL) television program in 1993, where he performed impressions of Larry King, Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Quentin Tarantino, Charles Kuralt and Bob Dole, among others.
    More Details Hide Details Following Kevin Nealon's departure from SNL, Macdonald anchored the segment "Weekend Update". "Weekend Update" anchor and head writer Colin Jost named Macdonald as a primary influence on Jost's own work behind the "Update" desk, explaining that Macdonald's tone was one that Jost grew up with in high school. Macdonald's version of "Weekend Update" often included repeated references to prison rape, crack whores and the Germans' love of Baywatch star David Hasselhoff. Macdonald would occasionally deliver a piece of news, then take out his personal compact tape recorder and leave a "note to self" relevant to what he just discussed. He commonly used Frank Stallone as a non sequitur punchline. Macdonald repeatedly ridiculed public figures such as Marion Barry, Michael Jackson and O. J. Simpson. Throughout Simpson's trial for murder, Macdonald constantly pilloried the former football star, often heavily implying Simpson was guilty of the brutal slaying of his wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman. In the broadcast following Simpson's acquittal, Macdonald opened "Weekend Update" by saying: "Well, it is finally official: Murder is legal in the state of California."
  • 1987
    Macdonald's first performances in comedy were at stand-up at clubs in Ottawa. He appeared at the 1987 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.
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  • 1959
    Born on October 17, 1959.
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