Who is more qualified to do a mock, â€œDaily Showâ€-style sports comedy show than Norm MacDonald? No one. That’s why I couldn’t wait to watch the premiere of the â€œSports Show with Norm MacDonaldâ€ on Comedy Central. If you missed it, it will be re-airing often, so check it out, but here’s the first 90-seconds to give you an idea of the hilarity of the inaugural show.
Leading up to the premiere, Norm did a few interviews promoting the show, which reminded me how incredibly funny he is without even trying. It seems completely effortless for him. In a recent interview, Norm discussed how he’s not an obsessed sports fan, saying, â€œI’m a huge sports fan but have no interest in minutiae. I don’t remember who won Super Bowls five years ago or listen to sports talk radio. I’m trying to make sure the jokes are self-contained so they’re accessible to everyone.” That’s great to hear. Just recently I had to remind myself who won the last Super Bowl, a game I watched every second of. Most sports fans are not obsessed, statistic-crazed freaks who know the answer to trivia questions like, â€œWhich Yankees pitcher threw a four-hit shutout to defeat the Giants in Game 7 of the 1962 World Seriesâ€ (a typical trivia question during a Yankees game on YES, the team’s TV network)? Who can answer that? Trivia questions need to be more like, â€œWho homered in the first inning of last night’s Yankees game?â€ As a Yankees fan, that’s something I may actually know the answer to (Ralph Terry threw that four-hit shutout, by the way).
Norm’s show is definitely in the â€œWho homered last nightâ€ realm, along with his borderline offensive genius, all of which should appeal to the average sports fan, but who knows whether or not the â€œSports Show with Norm MacDonaldâ€ will stay around? If you look to recent attempts at meshing sports with comedy (see ABC’s sitcom â€œSports Night,â€ and Comedy Central’s recent â€œOnion SportsDomeâ€), the odds are not in the show’s favor. But for now, the show is scheduled to deliver one new show a weekâ€”Tuesday nights at 10:30â€”compared with â€œThe Daily Show,â€ which airs four new shows a week. Maybe that will change if Comedy Central gives the show enough time and promotion to succeed. I hope it does; I’d hate to see it end up another fantastic â€œcult showâ€ that only aired 5 episodes.
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