by Iñaki Oñate
If you wanna see a perfect rendition of a classic joke garnished with Dostoevsky and an odd beat to it that somehow hypnotizes your cynical 21st century mind check out “The Moth Joke” on YouTube as told by comedian legend Norm Macdonald. His masterful storytelling and particular style has made every human being who enjoys North American comedy a little less miserable and forget their troubles through laughter for the last 30 years.
Norm achieved massive fame when he was part of the cast of Saturday Night Life during the 90’s. After being fired for censorship reasons he went on to star in “The Norm Show”, which ran for three seasons and should be already considered a cult classic of TV sitcoms. He’s also appeared in numerous films such as Billy Madison (1995), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) and Dirty Work (1998).
From 2013 to 2017 he had his own internet interview show called “Norm Macdonald Live” which ran for 36 episodes with an epic guest list (Larry King, Dave Letterman, Adam Sandler, Carl Reiner, Billy Bob Thornton, Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader, Stephen Merchant, Mike Tyson, Jim Carrey, etc.) and as a result of its success in the internet universe that show has found a successor in the brand new “Norm Macdonald Has a Show”, which aired on Netflix this past September 14th.
In this new show, Norm Macdonald and his sidekick Adam Eget (The Comedy Store Manager) remind us of the richness of organic and real-life conversations and the importance of the absurd in comedy with an all-star lineup of interviewees: Michael Keaton, M.Night Shyamalan, Jane Fonda, David Spade and Dave Letterman among others. This is not just another talk show (you know… silly games and skits and actors complaining about the color of their new swimming pool); this talk show’s clearly something that will be remembered and revisited in years to come as a platform from which one the most humane and at the same time sardonic comedians of all time shares his talent with guests and audiences all over.
Norm Macdonald’s comedy has the alchemy of a true artist: unpredictability, a sensitive inteligence and an adamant need to show us with wit and lightness the contradictions that make this cold world turn.
Iñaki Oñate / Writer (Quito, Ecuador – 1988) Iñaki resides in Buenos Aires, where he studied film directing at Universidad del Cine. His short films have been part of the official selection at the New York, La Habana and Cannes festivals. He’s currently developing his first feature film with his own independent production company, Undergofilms. He also works in music and art illustration.