Norm MacDonald Has Passed Away

 

Here is one of my favorite jokes, told by one of my favorite people.

Norm lost his private battle with cancer today.  Rest in Peace, Norm.  Long live Turd Ferguson!

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  1. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Man!

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  2. Vance Richards Member
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    @VanceRichards

    Rest in Peace

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  3. Caryn Thatcher
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    @Caryn

    Sad loss and way too young!

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  4. EJHill Podcaster
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    @EJHill

    You were right, Norm. O.J. did it.

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  5. BDB Coolidge
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    You were right, Norm. O.J. did it.

    Right about Madonna, too.  Heh.

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  6. tigerlily Member
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    @tigerlily

    Sorry to hear this. I enjoyed his dry sense of humor. R. I. P.

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  7. Blondie Thatcher
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    @Blondie

    This is sad news. I didn’t know he had cancer. Yes, long live Turd Ferguson.

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  8. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
    @NoCaesar

    Very sad.  A great loss.

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  9. drlorentz Member
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    That guy’s timing was incredible.

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  10. BDB Coolidge
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    drlorentz (View Comment):

    That guy’s timing was incredible.

    I ran across a comment that summed up a good deal of the Norm experience:

    “The first time you hear one of Norm’s jokes, it’s like watching a drunk guy stumble a tightrope, barely hanging on, then landing a perfect finish out of nowhere. The second time you hear the joke, you realize the guy was sober the whole time, and the joke was that you thought he was drunk.”

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  11. BDB Coolidge
    BDB
    @BDB

    I’ve never appreciated Conan O’Brien — I find him annoying, cloying, incompetent. But Norm on Conan is a great pairing.  Conan is a good straight man perhaps.  Although there are questions…

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  12. Franco Member
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    BDB (View Comment):

    drlorentz (View Comment):

    That guy’s timing was incredible.

    I ran across a comment that summed up a good deal of the Norm experience:

    “The first time you hear one of Norm’s jokes, it’s like watching a drunk guy stumble a tightrope, barely hanging on, then landing a perfect finish out of nowhere. The second time you hear the joke, you realize the guy was sober the whole time, and the joke was that you thought he was drunk.”

    I like that approach also. Your comment reminds me of this a classic representation of that style, close to your description.

    RIP Norm.

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  13. James Lileks Contributor
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    The Moth Joke is a brilliant piece of misdirection. You’re hung up on the fact that the moth is talking to a podiatrist, which has to be crucial to the resolution.  The punchline knocks away all the psychological anguish, reveals the podiatrist issue as a red herring, gives you a reason both absurd and rational (“we need the eggs” as the Woody Allen joke goes) and makes a darker point about instinct and nature. 

    What’s unforgivable about the clip above is Conan stepping on the joke halfway through. Of all people he should’ve known he had no role here. Let the man work. 

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  14. Podkayne of Israel Member
    Podkayne of Israel
    @PodkayneofIsrael

    He will be missed. Another Norm obliterated in 2021.

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  15. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Darn, so sad to hear this . . .

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  16. Dave of Barsham Member
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    The Moth Joke is a brilliant piece of misdirection. You’re hung up on the fact that the moth is talking to a podiatrist, which has to be crucial to the resolution. The punchline knocks away all the psychological anguish, reveals the podiatrist issue as a red herring, gives you a reason both absurd and rational (“we need the eggs” as the Woody Allen joke goes) and makes a darker point about instinct and nature.

    What’s unforgivable about the clip above is Conan stepping on the joke halfway through. Of all people he should’ve known he had no role here. Let the man work.

    That Norm made the moth “Ivan Ilyich” from The Death of Ivan Ilyich is something I didn’t realize until a lot later (I’m just a country boy). I imagine most of the people in the audience don’t know it when he’s telling it either, which doesn’t really matter for the joke to land. Still, the fact that the guy is more or less correctly telling a story out of Russian literature to tell a moth joke makes it even more impressive.

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  17. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    No more Yaphit on “The Orville.”

     

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  18. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    It’s pretty funny that they re-posted this one:

     

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  19. BDB Coolidge
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    @BDB

    kedavis (View Comment):

    It’s pretty funny that they re-posted this one:

     

    This has one of my favorite Norm moments.  I won’t spoil anything.  FEARLESS.

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  20. ddavewes Member
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    The baby seal story. Some resemblance in style to the moth joke.

     

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