Me Doing Stand-Up
Me Doing Stand-Up
by Norm Macdonald
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Norm Macdonald, the iconic anchor of SNL's "Weekend Update" and star of the cult classic "Dirty Work," is back with a vengeance. This time he serves up a hilarious feature-length stand-up special, covering everything from cheating death, 24-hour news stories, shameful sex, Tiger Woods and OJ Simpson. Don't let his laid-back demeanor fool you; Macdonald's brand of comedy is as blunt and sharp as ever.
|Audio CD Release Date:||June 14, 2011|
|Studio:||Comedy Central Rec.|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 5 reviews|
|1. ||It's Good To Be Alive|
|2. ||Courageous Battle|
|3. ||The News|
|4. ||Best Disease Ever|
|5. ||I Don't Drink|
|7. ||Couldn t Be Prouder|
|8. ||Tiger Woods|
|9. ||San Francisco|
|Average Customer Review: ( 5 customer reviews )
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Not the "norm" for comedy Jul 18, 2011
By P. J. Brown
Oh, man. Norm MacDonald is an underappreciated comedian among his peers. Known for his Weekend Update stint on SNL, his ABC sitcom and his now cult classic film Dirty Work, Norm MacDonald almost glossed over his origins as a comedian first and foremost...until now. This album beautifully captures Norm onstage. He tackles lots of dark material (mortality,the proper way to be a serial killer) but he speaks about it with biting wit. He's also unique in how he sets up a premise and doesn't commit to fleshing it out beyond the basic elements, like when he riffs on sex in a way I've never heard any male comic riff on that subject. And he even dusts off the topic of O.J. Simpson in an undated fashion. I'm mostly trying not give away the best moments of this album, but here's another vote of confidence. I chuckled after my initial listen, and the next day, I was reciting them to myself at work, and I couldn't stop giggling every other line. This is a f%$#ing AWESOME comedy album.
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Hilarious Feb 17, 2013
This is probably one of my favorite stand-up albums. It keeps me laughing the whole time. Their are parts where I started crying from laughing so much. His laid back delivery while telling off the wall horrible stories is a killer.
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I laughed, then laughed some more Aug 25, 2011
By Charles O'Meara
i always include reference points so you'll know what *I* think is good, quality humor. among my favorites: carlin, black, hedberg, bamford, kirkman, newhart, tosh, birbiglia and more....i laughed out loud at this album numerous times. then i re-listened and laughed some more. it's very very good, very well done. norm walks that incredibly fine line between surrealism, stupidity and brilliance and never loses his balance.
Funny - wish there was more! Aug 23, 2012
Norm Macdonald is so funny and I love his voice. There were several bits in this album that had me laughing out loud. I would definitely purchase more of his material if it was available. It is definitely not pg13, so don't listen with the kiddos in the car!
Me Reviewing Him Doing Stand Up Jun 07, 2012
By Mark Eremite
"This Is A Display Model Only"
It seems there's been a dearth of really stellar comedy in the past five years or so. Louis CK, of course, has helped revive the industry with one amazing album after the other (I haven't yet listened to a set of his that I didn't love). Others -- Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Daniel Tosh, Doug Benson -- are workhorses, but they have started to lose some of their edge. Still others -- Anthony Jeselnik, Kyle Kinane -- have taken the scene in new, off-beat, or intriguing directions, but they have yet to really prove themselves. In spite of all of this, though, it seems like the comedy scene has stalled and staled somewhat since the early 2000s. There are a lot of albums out there, but few of them are consistently funny, and even fewer of those are worth multiple repeats.
Norm, however, has provided a refreshing change of pace.
If you haven't heard of Norm Macdonald before, be warned that he's about as vulgar and offensive as it gets, but he does it all with a lackadaisical charm that makes it seem almost harmless. His delivery rides the line between awkwardness and self-confidence. He doesn't display the relentless ego of a Dane Cook or Daniel Tosh, but neither does he completely shred himself to bits like Louis CK or Patton Oswalt. He delivers his words like a man who both laments and accepts his various flaws, and this endears him to the audience. His jokes sound like they are being made up on the spot, as if he is simply bantering with friends, and that seeming spontaneity adds a freshness to each punchline.
Of course, Norm's humor doesn't just reside in punchlines, which is another part of the treat. The funniest parts are often merely in the pauses, the changes in tone, brief (seemingly ad libbed) asides, or even in the rambling length of some of his more absurd stories. Norm's just as funny when he's talking about things that are real and grim (bowel cancer) as when he is going off on bizarre, fantastical rants (good old widow Hamilton comes to mind).
Norm's topics range from mortality, today's 24-hour news cycle (easily one of the best extended bits I've heard from a comedian), booze, sex, and even a few famous guys. (It's a testament to Macdonald's skill that even his quick bit on O.J. manages to avoid feeling as tacky and dated as the topic matter.) The subject matter itself isn't particularly unique, but Norm's relaxed and playful delivery and his off-beat perspective make even these standard and mundane topics seem new and, of course, hilarious.
A perfect mix of light and dark with sweet and crude, this album is an absolute must for anyone who is a fan of comedy.
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