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Norm MacDonald | TV | Interview | The A.V. Club
"I tried really hard on Weekend Update to do something that I considered original, which was, I tried to cut all cleverness out of the joke. I’ve always been very averse to innuendo, especially sexual. I find it cowardly or something. Like on Will & Grace, my mother will laugh at it, then I’m like, “You know what that joke’s about, right? Like, that one guy fucked that guy in the ass.” And then she’s aghast, and I’m like, “That’s what he just said when he talked about the tunnel! So why didn’t he just say it?” It always maddens me that people can laugh at sexual innuendo, then you say what it really means, and they’re like “Ah! I can’t hear that!” So on Update, the only real original thing was trying to take away the cleverness of the punchline and make it as blunt as possible. And then I tried to make the punchline as close to the setup as I could. And I thought that was the perfect thing. If I could make the setup and the punchline identical to each other, I would create a different kind of joke."

"I don’t have any ambition. I got my computer. The great thing about the computer is that you only need enough money to buy a computer and some food, and you’re all right."
norm_macdonald  interview  tv  comedian  stand-up  comedy  joke  2011  2010s  avclub  funny  quote  snl  originality  influence  fame  steve_heisler  1990s 
december 2012 by cluebucket

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