SMART MOVE: Norm Macdonald Says His New Talk Show Will NOT Be Political

Norm Macdonald has a new talk show coming to Netflix and it’s going to be very different than the current crop of talk shows in one regard. He is leaving politics out of it.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story:

Norm Macdonald Won’t Go Pundit on His Netflix Talk Show

Norm Macdonald is giving TV another shot.

Despite having one of the most dedicated fanbases in comedy, he hasn’t had a lot of success in the medium. After being famously fired from Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” desk in 1998 and failing to launch two early-2000s sitcoms (Norm, A Minute With Stan Hooper), the Canadian stand-up’s career has taken some haphazard detours. He’s popped up as judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing; as Colonel Sanders in a series of KFC ads; and on talk shows plugging his (semifictionalized) memoir, Based on a True Story…

What sets Norm MacDonald Has a Show apart from the current wave of comedian-hosted talk shows?

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I decided very early on there can be nothing topical. Ever since Jon Stewart, late-night hosts have all been forced to become political pundits, you know? Even down to Jimmy Fallon. And he is derided for his treatment of Donald Trump.

Do you think Fallon has been unfairly criticized?

Completely. He is just all about fun and silliness. That’s what his audience wants. And then to be maligned for quote-unquote humanizing Trump. Funny, I thought he was a human. If you have the nominee to be president on your show and he is your guest, then he is your guest. Don’t have him on the show if you don’t want him.

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This is great news. We might actually watch the show!


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