Finally, Someone Worthwhile Gets A Reality Show
Norm MacDonald can pretty much do no wrong in my eyes. Whether it’s an appearance on any number of late night talk shows (hopefully Conan’s move to LA will make him a more frequent guest), an occasional interview on Howard Stern, or any number of roast duties (many of which are below), the man gets to me like very few comedians. He could be sitting there, just staring at a bucket of water and I’d tune in. But luckily, judging by this news from Express Milwaukee.com, the next time he’s on TV it’s going to be a bit more substantial than that:
What else do you have in the pipeline?
Oh yeah, speaking of things that I’m not actually good at, I’m doing a television show on the channel FX, which will actually be funny, or it might be. I wrote it. Have you ever seen “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia?” I like that show, and I think that’s FX’s only comedy, so they wanted a companion. I really like FX a lot; they don’t give you very many notes or anything. So they’re finally going to let me do something I want to do. It’s called “The Norm MacDonald Reality Show.” The premise is my career has fizzled into oblivion, so they give me a reality show, which I reluctantly take. So I have to date the Barbie twins and do all this weird, retarded stuff. Now I don’t know how to drive in real life-my actual life-so in the show they teach me to get a license, but maybe they get Lee Ermey to teach me; you know, some twist. Anyway, so during the driving lesson, I accidentally kill the teacher. And then all hell breaks lose. I start to become famous again, and the show becomes a hit, and the trial starts. I get my fame that I didn’t want in the first place. But there’s a lot of funny stuff in it. I guess I’m telling it like it’s not funny.
Works for me. Name-dropping It’s Always Sunny, which is indeed the funniest show on TV right now, is a great sign, but there’s always a chance (as there is with anything Norm-related) that this will fail completely before it’s even given a shot. In the meantime, here’s a handful of videos for your perusal:
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.