By: Funny Or Die
You gotta love Norm MacDonald. Gots to.
Okay, we don't want to force you to do anything, but we strongly encourage you to love Norm MacDonald. Why? Jesus you ask a lot of questions. Because he's the best. That's why.
We love it even when he's just talking about comedy, which luckily enough, he did in in a recent interview with the NY Times. Here are some highlights:
On his David Letterman impersonation:
“Yeah. At the end of the day I didn’t want to do an impression of someone I considered funnier than me in the first place. I didn’t want the sketch to come off as anything but a Rich Little impression ‘ I didn’t want to make any insult to David. So he phoned me the next day. He was just talking about stuff, he never got to the point, and I knew why he was phoning, so it was all awkward. Finally, I go, “Hey, Dave, I did an impression of you.” I just blurted it out. And he goes: “Oh, yeah, I’m fine with that. I like you, Norm, you can do whatever you want. Joe Piscopo did an impression of me once and I didn’t care for that, because that guy’s not funny.” That’s all he said”
On work ethic and ego:
“A lot of people think I’m difficult to work with. It’s not like I really want to do that much stuff, so it doesn’t really matter. I guess I’m somewhat difficult when it comes to comedy.
I don’t have any ego about it but I find there’s not a great work ethic in show business. A lot of people are in it to make money, and coming from stand-up, you have to work so hard because almost nothing works, and if you lose the audience for three minutes, you’re dead. When I started writing on sitcoms, I would go: 'Oh my God, this whole script is going to bomb. No one’s going to laugh.' And people would go: 'No, don’t worry about that. There’s a guy that gives [the studio audience] pizza and tells them to laugh.'”
For more, you'll have to read the rest of the interview. And just to recap: Norm MacDonald = awesome.