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Me Doing Standup

Norm MacDonald

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Album Review

After releasing an album of audio skits, 2006’s Ridiculous, Norm MacDonald took five more years to release his first-ever full-length standup album, the appropriately titled Me Doing Stand-Up. Of course, even as downtrodden oddball Norm enters the realm of the normal comedy business, things have to get messed up, and this set kicks off with a series of bleak bits, covering cancer, death, alcoholism, and the possible abduction and murder of a woman named Janis. You’ll notice, “Sex” doesn’t even come up till track six, and while it would be convenient to say that Norm takes all the above topics and turns them into something light, he arguably makes them darker, reducing the “Courageous Battle” patients wage against cancer into a depressingly long ride toward death broken up by reruns of Matlock. This is what his fans crave as he becomes a creep in an everyman disguise, just occasionally letting his heart show through the cracks, like when he addresses the death of his father. Special attention should be paid to the excellent pace and overall construction of the show, which shows Norm spent much more time honing this set than he did titling it.

Customer Reviews

So glad this was funny!

Frequently, I'll buy a comedy album on iTunes solely based on the reviews posted by people I don't know. Then, after I listen to the record, I wonder how on earth could someone give it glowing reviews in good conscience. One time, a person declared an album to be "Brilliant!," but failed to mention that the quality of the audio sounded like it was recorded in a wind tunnel 200 yards away.

That being said, if you're looking for a lot of laughs and are deciding based on my review...this is a great comedy album. Seriously.

Just as the title suggests, this album is different than Norm's previous one (Ridiculous) because it's him doing stand-up and not skits. Accordingly, we get to hear a veteran comic being hilarious doing what he does best. Very often, comedy albums disappoint me because they are filled with hackneyed, filler material. Even bigger names in comedy can put out stuff that is tired. Fortunately, Norm knocked it out of the park here with a fresh take on new topics.

Even if you're a Norm fan, we can all agree that he's had jokes fall flat on Weekend Update or at some roast. I'm happy to report that his very distinctive dry tone and deadpan delivery is at its best in this album. After listening to it you can definitely understand why this guy is a comedic legend.

Just buy this. You won't regret it.

It's Norm, of course it's Great!

Hilarious album. Buy it.

An excellent comedy album

This cd is seriously funny and this man has serious balls to do the material he does. His opening material about death is a hilarious highlight of the thing and his bit about AA and alcoholism is equally funny. I genuinely haven't laughed harder at a comedy special since when I first discovered Louis C.K. I guess the only downside to this is it's not the longest comedy special ever, but that's NOT a flaw. This is a must for comedy nerds and great for everyoner really.

Biography

Genre: Comedy

A muttering, slovenly, and acerbic standup comedian, actor, and writer known for his high-profile firing from Saturday Night Live, Norm MacDonald is a love-him-or-hate-him character. Born in Quebec City, Quebec, MacDonald started out performing in comedy clubs across Canada before he decided to pack his bags and move to Los Angeles. His wry style landed him gigs writing for the popular sitcom Roseanne along with The Dennis Miller Show, but a 1993 offer to write for SNL had him switching coasts and...
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