Norm Macdonald with Dick Williams


Norm MacDonald was born on October 17, 1959 in Quebec City, Quebec Canada. Early on MacDonald started doing stand-up in Ottawa, but it wasn’t until 1987 that he caught his first break via an appearance at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.

By 1993, he was casted onto Saturday Night Live, staying on for five seasons. He was a writer for SNL, and he also made numerous appearances on The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio, as well as starring in “The Norm Show”, which ran from 1999-2001. Though almost immediately he recognized that he got the most enjoyment out of stand-up comedy. To date, MacDonald has been in countless TV shows and movies, released 7 comedy specials, and currently hosts his own podcast, “Norm MacDonald Live”, which has streamed on Amazon Video since 2013.

For this week’s dissection, we are joined by our very first guest, Dick Williams. Williams is a veteran of stand-up comedy with 2 Emmy nominations under his belt, as well as appearances on the Howard Stern Show and Comedy Central. With the help of our guest, we examine Norm MacDonald’s use of being overly literal to the point of absurdity. Taking sayings and situations for exactly what they are and examining them through an innocent/ ignorant lens. MacDonald disarms the audience with this onstage simpleton persona, only to catch them off guard with his unexpectedly witty punchlines.

Some of Norm's bits we analyzed are: It's Good To Be Alive (Me Doing Standup 2011), San Francisco (Me Doing Standup 2011), About Germany (Norm Macdonald Worries About Germany on Letterman).

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