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How can it be that Norm Mac­don­ald, one of the fun­ni­est co­me­di­ans of the last three decades, doesn’t have a show on the air? Maybe that’s be­cause he doesn’t want one

ORM MAC­DON­ALD is the Lil Wayne of com­edy. He slurs his words, he’s gone a bit off the rails over the years (and was briefly re­ported dead), he hasn’t had a hit in ages — and yet, he’s still con­sid­ered one of the best in the game. Mac­don­ald got his big­gest break in the mid-’90s, an­chor­ing “Week­end Up­date” on Satur­day Night Live, dis­arm­ing au­di­ences with his dry sar­casm and aloof, blunt non-jokes. Word is his what even­tu­ally got him fired. What­ever the case, it cer­tainly hasn’t helped him keep a job since. For the last cou­ple decades, the Cana­dian co­me­dian has strug­gled to find a proper ve­hi­cle for his sub­ver­sive com­edy; there have been failed sit­coms (The Norm Show, A Minute with Stan Hooper), box-of­fice bombs (Dirty Work, Screwed), and projects that never aired due to cre­ative dif­fer­ences. Like Weezy, Norm may be his own worst en­emy.

Or maybe not. What makes Mac­don­ald such an im­pos­si­ble guy to base a con­ven­tional show or movie around might be ex­actly what makes him so funny — he’s in full flow when he’s spon­ta­neous and un­com­pro­mis­ing. At 56, he’s find­ing al­ter­nate routes for that jar­ring un­pre­dictabil­ity, whether it’s Twit­ter (where he spins long, me­an­der­ing yarns), his Youtube pod­cast (where he tells long, me­an­der­ing jokes), or his sur­pris­ingly bril­liant new mem­oir, Based on a True Story (which, unsurprisingly, is based on a half-true story). Sure, he’d like a day job. But in an in­dus­try that de­cides a co­me­dian isn’t thriv­ing un­less they’re a movie star, sit­com head­liner, or talk show host, he’s con­tent be­ing some­thing else: a stand-up, a raconteur, a lat­ter-day Bukowski, a dirt­bag ge­nius. The man is the king of left turns, af­ter all. Just when you think he’s down and out, he picks the world up and drops it

Nis Yeah, that was ac­tu­ally a thing that hap­pened. This guy sent me a screen­shot of the Wikipedia page say­ing I had died. It made me feel very, very strange, be­cause I re­al­ized that one day,

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