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'Sports Show' Takes Norm MacDonald Undercover in the NBA as Blake Griffin (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2011 6:18AM
'Sports Show with Norm MacDonald' series premiereIf 'Saturday Night Live's' Weekend Update segment focused on sports, it might resemble 'Sports Show with Norm MacDonald' (Wed., 10:30PM ET on Comedy Central). For fans of MacDonald's three-year stint hosting the venerable 'SNL' news desk, it's a welcome return.

His unique take and quirky sense of humor is rampant as he rips apart the sports world, characters and news with the same bite he took out of O.J. Simpson on a weekly basis. But now he has more time to get even more surreal and ridiculous.

In the premiere, he decides to go undercover as a basketball star by having a makeup artist disguise him as Blake Griffin. "Now I'm gonna find out what it's like to be Blake Griffin," Griffin says with MacDonald's voice.

Sure, it's a cheap way to pull off the stunt, but Griffin turns out to be hilariously committed to the part, displaying horrible coordination, physical fitness and even worse skills on the court. MacDonald's voice coming out of his mouth just makes his antics even more hilarious.

At first we were concerned that Comedy Central had given MacDonald a sports-themed show instead of a more general entertainment- and news-skewering platform. But his obvious love and passion for the world of sports, as well as his ability to make even the most obscure stories accessible, made for a very funny debut and a welcome return to series television.

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