Norm McDonald Interviewed by AV Club

A reminder that his new show on Comedy Central aired last night. I’ll probably catch it tonight at some point. Anyway, McDonald, along with Jon Stewart, remain the two funniest stand ups I’ve ever seen.

AVC: What do you get from bombing? What is that feeling like to you?

NM: It’s kind of fun. It’s interesting. Because the funny thing about it is, you don’t ever intend to bomb. You’re trying your best to make people laugh; then if you fail, they hate you. But your intent’s the same. It’s not like you’re trying to do evil to them. Like, if a fucking singer is bad, you just listen to his stupid song; you don’t start yelling at him. Or you wait for the next song. But as a fucking stand-up, you could kill for 20 minutes, but four minutes, you bomb, you’re dead. You cannot fucking recover. But I guess what I find funny is that when I’m bombing, I start smirking; then they fucking hate me. Because they think I’m making fun of them or something. But the reality of it makes me laugh. Comedy is surprises, so if you’re intending to make somebody laugh and they don’t laugh, that’s funny. It’s definitely funny watching. If I’m in the back of the room and a guy’s fucking bombing, that’s the fucking funniest thing ever. There’s nothing funnier than seeing that. So I have a little bit of an out-of-body experience where I enjoy the scenario, and I really do like seeing a crowd turn into a mob, and I do nothing to stop it. People can become really dangerous.


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