Norm Macdonald Has a Show: Season 1
October 8, 2018 12:54 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Old chunk of coal Norm Macdonald talks with celebrities on his new Netflix show. David Space, Drew Barrymore, Judge Judy, David Letterman, Jane Fonda, Chevy Chase, M. Night Shyamalan, Michael Keaton, Billy Joe Shaver, and Lorne Michaels are the first season's guests. Sadly, Adam Eget is there, too.

Critics are calling it everything from "shit" to "fucking shit". Jane Fonda, however, has a different opinion.
posted by riruro (15 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
I watched the Judge Judy episode. She films next door, hence the invite. It was moderately interesting. Not because of Norm.
posted by k8t at 5:06 PM on October 8


The AV Club just cannot get enough of this guy; I just don't get it. I don't think he's funny, I think he's a dick and most of his humour seems to revolve around being mean to someone.
posted by smoke at 11:40 PM on October 8 [1 favorite]


Netflix cancelled The Break with Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show but greenlit this shit ?

This IS the darkest timeline....
posted by Pendragon at 2:21 AM on October 9 [4 favorites]


I liked it. The Micheal Keaton episode was the best.

most of his humour seems to revolve around being mean to someone.

A suprising amount of his humor is actually grade-school level, joke-book style jokes.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 6:10 AM on October 9


I’ve managed to catch two episodes: David Spade and Drew Barrymore.

David Spade was a great episode—skewered the format while guest and host skewered themselves. McDonald’s brain moves fast. Maybe too fast. Let the guest answer a question once or twice.

Drew Barrymore was not quite as successfu and revealed maybe McDonald’s limitations as a host (and the show’s anti-show conceit).
posted by notyou at 6:47 AM on October 9


I watched the whole thing in just a few days and really enjoyed it. He's a total weirdo but he's my kind of weirdo, I guess.

Judge Judy was an interesting choice to include and led me to google her, via which I learned her estimated salary is forty seven million dollars a year.
posted by something something at 7:01 AM on October 9


Oh, I also liked M. Night Shyamalan a surprising amount. He seems like a pretty good guy who really loves to make movies. I'm not going to go see those movies, probably, but he seemed earnest in a genuine way.
posted by something something at 7:03 AM on October 9 [2 favorites]


I really liked this show, but I think I'm the right audience which is probably a pretty small group. I didn't finish Jane Fonda and didn't like Chevy Chase but the rest were great. Michael Keaton was better even than I thought it would be and I'd never heard of Billy Joe Shaver but really liked that one. I didn't find Norm as mean as some people do, but there were some lines of his that were a bit of a shock. I like the song at the end - it's very Norm.

Sadly, Adam Eget is there, too.


Sadly is right. I don't understand what he brings to the show or why he's there. Maybe he's more involved off screen and does a great job, but then he should stay there.

Netflix cancelled The Break with Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show but greenlit this shit ?

As much as I do like Norm's show I agree with this. Michelle Wolf's show was great and deserved more of a chance. Netflix is a strange place for topical shows because it's set up for binge watching, re-watching, or discovering later - none of which work as well with a "what's in the news this week?" format.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 7:03 AM on October 9


I like the song at the end - it's very Norm.
That's the closing theme to Wayne and Shuster - he would have grown up on it.
posted by cardboard at 9:21 AM on October 9 [1 favorite]


Hard to imagine this lasting more than one more season, Norm couldn't even keep his podcast going on a regular basis. Macdonald did some great work but seems to have gotten fixated on variations on the same three or four jokes.
posted by skewed at 2:15 PM on October 9


I watched the youtube version of his show. In general I like Norm but can also see how he's grating to others. I also don't mind Adam Eget either, I think his main role is to be a foil/punching bag for Norm.

"Netflix cancelled The Break with Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show but greenlit this shit ?"

The Joel McHale show didn't make sense on Netflix. The talk-soup format can't work with how Netflix is consumed, if you don't watch an episode when it airs, you'll be left hanging for lots of context as the world has already moved on to other things. Honestly that show format seems like it'd be best suited to youtube or posted on twitter, where they can produce it the day of or on-the-fly and dump it out before the wheel has turned.
posted by GoblinHoney at 11:05 AM on October 11


The Joel McHale show didn't make sense on Netflix.

Nonsense, the first batch of weekly episodes worked fine. Same for The Break. Not everything on Netflix has to be binge-able or timeless.
posted by Pendragon at 2:14 PM on October 12


I cannot read "Norm Macdonald Has a Show" without mentally appending "E-I-E-I-O."
posted by Spathe Cadet at 6:40 AM on October 13


"Nonsense, the first batch of weekly episodes worked fine. Same for The Break. Not everything on Netflix has to be binge-able or timeless."

They worked fine if you watched them right when they came out, but even being a week behind made me feel like I was watching re-runs from an forgotten era -- the world/media moves much faster now than when Talk Soup started. Netflix doesn't *have* to be anything, they can start posting minecraft let's plays and unedited footage of wilderness security cameras if they wanted, but they'd probably stick out.
posted by GoblinHoney at 3:25 PM on October 16


I also liked M. Night Shyamalan a surprising amount.

I have always liked him and never liked his movies. I caught a special of his home movies as a kid and was struck by how talented he was, and I think he's a good director who can't see that he's kind of a shitty writer. Or maybe corralled into wacky twists.
But he himself? seems like a nice genuine dude, and having had more than a few friends pick their path instead of their parents, there is something sympathetic about him.

I'm a fan of Norm, but he's not for everyone, he can do topical stuff and shaggy dog stories, but this seems like the wrong halfway point.

Also Michael Keaton did stand up? Wow.
posted by lkc at 3:25 PM on October 16


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