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Posted 16 September 2021 - 04:29 AM

Rest in peace... :rose:

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 10:31 AM

View PostThe Analog Cub, on 14 September 2021 - 06:49 PM, said:

RIP, Turd Ferguson.

Perfect post. RIP Norm.

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 10:40 AM

I think we should go over to Germany and kill Hitler!

-- He's dead.

He is?  I didn't know he was sick!  

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 04:38 PM

https://www.national...ontinue-reading

Interesting article on why Norm didn't discuss his condition...

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 08:01 PM

Double post.

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 08:02 PM

https://babylonbee.c...d-clips-all-day

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Nation's Productivity Down 97% As Everyone Binge-Watching Norm Macdonald Clips All Day

September 16th, 2021 - BabylonBee.com

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U.S.—National productivity plummeted this week as workers across the country have been doing nothing but binge-watching Norm Macdonald clips since Tuesday. From classic Saturday Night Live clips like his "Celebrity Jeopardy!" appearance to his constant roasting of OJ Simpson and excerpts where he confounds late-night hosts with his meta-anti-jokes, millions of Norm clips were getting passed around like crazy, causing everyone to stop doing their jobs and laugh like hyenas. "It's crazy—no one has done any work since Tuesday afternoon," said one financial analyst. "Entire businesses are in shambles, whole industries are collapsing. No one has so much as fiddled with an Excel spreadsheet for three days." At publishing time, the writer of this article had cut it short as he was too busy watching a clip of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee guest-starring Norm and just didn't have time to finish it off.

Edited by KenJennings, 17 September 2021 - 08:04 PM.


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Posted 17 September 2021 - 09:25 PM

R.I.P. Norm


You will be missed !

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 12:03 AM

View PostKenJennings, on 17 September 2021 - 08:02 PM, said:

https://babylonbee.c...d-clips-all-day

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Nation's Productivity Down 97% As Everyone Binge-Watching Norm Macdonald Clips All Day

September 16th, 2021 - BabylonBee.com

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U.S.—National productivity plummeted this week as workers across the country have been doing nothing but binge-watching Norm Macdonald clips since Tuesday. From classic Saturday Night Live clips like his "Celebrity Jeopardy!" appearance to his constant roasting of OJ Simpson and excerpts where he confounds late-night hosts with his meta-anti-jokes, millions of Norm clips were getting passed around like crazy, causing everyone to stop doing their jobs and laugh like hyenas. "It's crazy—no one has done any work since Tuesday afternoon," said one financial analyst. "Entire businesses are in shambles, whole industries are collapsing. No one has so much as fiddled with an Excel spreadsheet for three days." At publishing time, the writer of this article had cut it short as he was too busy watching a clip of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee guest-starring Norm and just didn't have time to finish it off.
:laughing guy:

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 08:47 AM


Interesting tribute to Norm...

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In his introduction to Hobbes’ Leviathan, Michael Oakeshott speculates as to what makes one a philosopher. It’s not knowledge one accumulates, says Oakeshott. It is, rather, a perspective, a disposition with which one is born. As he says:


Philosophy springs from a certain bent of mind which, though different in character, is as much a natural gift as an aptitude for mathematics or a genius for music. Philosophical speculation requires so little in the way of a knowledge of the world and is, in comparison with some other intellectual pursuits, so independent of book-learning, that the gift is apt to manifest itself early in life.


These words came to my mind this week as I reflected upon the life, and untimely death, of Norm Macdonald. Norm’s path to becoming one of the most respected stand-up comedians of his generation was unlikely. Born into poverty in rural Canada, Norm suffered from debilitating social anxiety until a definitive moment redirected the course of his life, as Norm’s sui generis gift manifested itself.

One day, Norm’s father asked him to walk a family friend to the store. The man was blind and asked Norm to describe the road and trees and sky to him as they walked. Norm recounts that this exercise—of naming and describing creation—took him outside of himself, thus alleviating his anxiety. From then on, Norm was an observer and describer of the world.

To be sure, Norm’s take was distinct. He had what Oakeshott called the “natural gift” of a bent mind. He saw a homeless man with a dog and considered the experience from the vantage point of the pet—“this is the longest walk ever!” Whether he was behind the Weekend Update anchor desk, a microphone, or his Twitter account, Norm invited us to see the world from his idiosyncratic perspective.

The line between philosophy and comedy is already thin, and Norm blurred it further. His quasi-memoir, Based on a True Story, is as funny as you’d expect if you’re a casual fan, and as profound as you’d expect if you’re an avid devotee of Norm’s work. There, Norm interprets his gambling addiction as a quest for hope:


Most people would think it’s the wins that keep the gambler going, but any gambler knows that this is not true. As you place your chips on the craps table, you feel anxiety and impatience. When the red dice hit the green felt with a thunk and you’re declared the winner and the chips are pushed toward you, you feel relief. And relief is fine, but hardly what a man would give the whole rest of his life to gain. It has to be something else and the best I’ve come up with is this: It is a particular moment. A magic moment that occurs after the placing of a bet and before the result of that bet. It is after the red dice are thrown but before they lie still on the green felt where they fall. It is when the dice are in the air, and as long as they are there, time stops. As long as the red dice are in the air, the gambler has hope. And hope is a wonderful thing to be addicted to.


For many, comedy is a cynical exercise of enumerating the irrational absurdities of life. Not so for Norm, as he said: “Smart man says nothing is a miracle. I say everything is.” He went out of his way to see and name the miraculous beauty of creation. Norm was to Christianity what Woody Allen is to atheism. He didn’t talk about the world for a living out of resentment or anger, but out of love and boyish curiosity. It was as if we were the blind man and he was taking us all on a walk, careful to describe the normal, mundane objects around us in such a way that we could see the world afresh.

“The Enlightenment turned us away from truth and toward a darkling weakening horizon, sad and grey to see,” tweeted Norm, “The afterglow of Christianity is near gone now, and a stygian silence lurks in wait.” Norm Macdonald lived in an enchanted cosmos—bright in color, teaming with life. Norm saw differently, and therefore more, than secular man. His eyes didn’t just look at brute objects, but through them, seeing the internal coherence and grandeur of nature.

Norm remained, to the end, a man of hope. Peter Kreeft calls hope “a kind of prophetic intuition that beneath all appearances and all apparent injustices, reality is just, is good, and has to be good, in the end.” He goes on to say that to have hope is “a kind of almost mystical intuition, a seeing. It’s a judgment, an assertion.”

The man who gave us Turd Ferguson was born with the eyes of a philosopher, a mystical intuition to see as Oakeshott thought Thomas Hobbes saw. By faith, Norm Macdonald’s eyes were fixed on hope as he fell asleep, and when he awoke those same eyes beheld hope’s substance.


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Posted 18 September 2021 - 01:58 PM



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Posted 19 September 2021 - 12:58 AM

View PostJ2112YYZ, on 18 September 2021 - 01:58 PM, said:



That was great. I looked up the movie Chairman of The Board on Rottentomatoes and it got terrible reviews, not surprisingly.

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Posted 20 September 2021 - 05:24 PM

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View PostJ2112YYZ, on 18 September 2021 - 01:58 PM, said:



That was great. I looked up the movie Chairman of The Board on Rottentomatoes and it got terrible reviews, not surprisingly.

Norm was on point with his comments. The movie bombed. It doesn't look like Courtney had much of a film career because of that movie either. She's done well for herself on TV shows though.

Why on earth would anyone make a movie with f***in Carrot Top? Lol

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Posted 24 September 2021 - 07:35 AM

MIchael Jackson`s wife is pregnant. If it`s a girl, he`s going to call it Sharon. If it`s a boy, he`s going to have sex with it :lol: :lol:

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Posted 24 September 2021 - 09:39 AM

View PostIbanezJem, on 24 September 2021 - 07:35 AM, said:

MIchael Jackson`s wife is pregnant. If it`s a girl, he`s going to call it Sharon. If it`s a boy, he`s going to have sex with it :lol: :lol:
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Norm pulled no punches.

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Posted 24 September 2021 - 09:54 AM

View Postgoose, on 24 September 2021 - 09:39 AM, said:

View PostIbanezJem, on 24 September 2021 - 07:35 AM, said:

MIchael Jackson`s wife is pregnant. If it`s a girl, he`s going to call it Sharon. If it`s a boy, he`s going to have sex with it :lol: :lol:
:scared:

Norm pulled no punches.
I`ve very little love for stand up as a genre, but I really do like properly offensive and rambling joke tellers. RIP Norm.

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 02:17 PM

A clip of Norm that many here might not be aware of.

https://www.youtube....h?v=dTQkMOiGFL4

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Posted Yesterday, 09:33 AM

RIP to one of the very best. "Who needs a punchline when you've got a word like crackwhore??!!" That will always be one of the funniest things I've ever heard!




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