The resurrection of Norm Macdonald

Norm Macdonald peaked in the ’90s, with Saturday Night Live, Dirty Work, and several legendary live TV appearances, from the ESPYs to Conan. The Canadian comic was O.J.’s greatest detractor, Burt Reynolds’ most memorable imitator, and David Letterman’s biggest fan.

In an SNL cohort dominated by friendly hams like Adam Sandler and Chris Farley, Macdonald stood out for how thoroughly he refused any complicity with the audience; his “Weekend Update” was an oddly confrontational mix of dry sarcasm and non-joke jokes. Viewers liked it so much that Macdonald’s “Update” has been credited with setting the stage for Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.


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