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Andy Richter gets the best of Norm MacDonald

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 12th 2009 2:23PM
Sometimes Norm MacDonald can be really funny, sometimes not so much. Last night's Tonight Show appearance was mostly the latter, as he told some jokes that you and I would probably tell at a party, not because we made them up but because we heard them from someone who heard them from someone who heard them from someone and they're 30 years old. That's why I'm glad that at the end of this clip Andy Richter says what we've all been thinking. (Full interview here)

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chrissthomas

So I finally saw this and thought it was hilarious like everyone else who made comments.

June 14 2009 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ZapBrannigan

@ Bob Sassone

Whoosh! Right over your head.

Yeah, it's corny...that's the point. It's like a clean prime time version of "the Aristocrats" joke. The joke doesn't matter...the delivery does.

June 13 2009 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nate

funny, ken tucker at EW.com wrote this morning about how great norm was, calling him a national treasure. http://watching-tv.ew.com/2009/06/conan-obrien-norm-macdonald-.html . just sayin.

June 13 2009 at 1:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BillS

I found it to be quite funny. It's not so much the jokes (which are, indeed, corny), it's how he tells them, with nice little touches thrown in. He's just a funny man, I think.

June 13 2009 at 12:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

Last night's appearance on Conan was one of the funniest things ever, including Andy's interaction.

See, on the old "Late Night" show, when Andy was still side-kick and Norm was on "SNL" (thus appearing on the show frequently), Norm would frequently deride Andy. It was funny then, and it was great that with Andy back, he continued it last night.

June 12 2009 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jordancda

Norm's schtick is (especially lately) is intentionally telling bad jokes tongue in cheek. (See his bit on Comedy Central's Bob Saget Roast). I, for one, find it as hilarious as Conan did and love just about every word out of Norm's mouth. Anyway...point being that he knew he was telling bad jokes last night.

June 12 2009 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PC

Pretty sure this is Norm's new style. Corny for the sake of corny. He was delivering this same type cheese a few months back on the Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget.

It is almost as if he is subtly taking shots at the audience and viewers and Conan. He gets pleasure making people be fake. They fake laugh at this garbage as if he were trying to be serious and that's what's funny... for me at least.

June 12 2009 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Andy Richter will never be as funny as Norm Macdonald, no matter whose coattails he's riding.

June 12 2009 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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