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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Another sports show on Comedy Central!?

Undaunted by the failure that has become The Onion's "SportsDome," Comedy Central is less than a week away from being the next network to fail in giving Norm MacDonald his big break.
Since leaving (getting fired from) "Saturday Night Live" in the mid 1990s, MacDonald's deadpan humor has floundered in numerous projects. His delivery, which makes him well-suited for a sitcom such as "The Office" or "Parks and Recreation," will fail him once again.

MacDonald's latest vehicle, "Sports Show," debuts Tuesday at 10:30 on the network known for "The Daily Show" and "South Park."
The network says:
"On Sports Show with Norm Macdonald, Norm will once again use his dry humor and pitch-perfect delivery to parody the news, but this time the focus will be solely on sports."
I don't recall MacDonald talking much about sports on SNL, or ever for that matter, and nothing about his track record makes me think this will work.

Not coincidentally, MacDonald has a standup special on Comedy Central last month.
I wish him well, but I don't see it working this time ... again.
UPDATE: USA Today reported Comedy Central is set to stream MacDonald's comments during Sunday's Masters final round, which will be simulcast on mobile devices. It should be a decent audition, but I wonder if it's going to be the first time the network gets to hear Normy Mac talk sports.


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