9 Ridiculously Funny Norm MacDonald Moments

Tuesday, April 12 by

Tonight, Norm MacDonald’s new show, “Sports Show with Norm MacDonald,” premieres on Comedy Central. I’m big fan of Norm, so I’ll be turning in. After all, I’m not going to pass up a chance to watch the man who eviscerated the ESPY’s host his vary own sports show. And in honor of his new program, I’ve put together nine ridiculously funny Norm MacDonalnd moments. It’s a great way to look back at the offbeat humor that has fueled his career. It’s also a great way to pad an article with Youtube videos. Enjoy.

9. The White House Correspondence Dinner

When performing in front of someone as important as the President of the United States, most comedians would chose to play it safe. Not Norm. He chose to play it stupid. Not everyone got it, but considering the audience, that’s a good thing.

8. “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”

This clip isn’t really funny, but I put it on the list anyway. Why? Because it proves that while MacDonald might play a buffoon, he’s actually quite smart. Then again, it was celebrity week, so I’m sure the questions were dumbed down. Even so.

7. Weekend Update

Former NBC President Don Ohlmeyer was good friends with O.J. Simpson. As such, Norm’s constant O.J. jokes didn’t go over too well. It’s rumored to be the reason Norm was canned from SNL’s Weekend Update. Either way, his termination made for a hilarious exit-interview on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

5. Norm as Larry King

How do you make fun of a guy who makes as many random, nonsensical statements as Larry King? Bring in someone who is equally adept at making random, nonsensical statements.

4. The Moth Joke

I hope you like long-form humor as much as I do, or else you’re not going to like this clip.

3. Dirty Work – The Prison Rape Aftermath

Norm MacDonald is such a comedic genius that you don’t even have to be a fan of rape jokes to appreciate the humor in this scene from Dirty Work.

2. Chairman of the “Bored”

All and all, Norm was actually a pretty big asshole to Courtney Thorne-Smith during her interview with Conan O’Brien. But at least it made for one of the funniest interviews in the history of the show.

1. The ESPY Awards

Here it is; the mother of all Norm MacDonald clips. From O.J., to Jordan, to Elway, no athlete was spared. I wonder why ESPN never asked him back?


  1. April 12, 2011 4:19 pm


    it’s the lack of respect

  2. April 12, 2011 4:19 pm


    No, it’s the PURE GENIUS! Come on…Norm McDonald’s dry, sardonic comedic style isn’t for everyone, but for my money it doesn’t get much better. Oddly enough I began tonight by watching his newest standup special which literally had me in tears which doesn’t happen very often at all. Followed that by watching his new sports special on Comedy Central which was also very funny. Then I get on here and found this.
    Needless to say, to anyone with a decent sense of humor, I’ve spent the better portion of my evening laughing harder than I have in quite a while. One day people will look back and really appreciate how funny he has been. Until then I’ll be happy to watch him by myself and laugh/cry myself to sleep.

  3. April 12, 2011 4:19 pm


    His anti-comedy roast of Bob Saget is genius. Definitely in my top 3.

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