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Album Review

Norm MacDonald is a funny guy but he's had a hard time finding an ideal medium for his humor outside of standup or Saturday Night Live. Try as he might to work himself into films and sitcoms, it often was an uneasy fit as likely to succeed (Dirty Work or at least the first season of Norm) as it did not (Screwed and The Norm MacDonald Show) . Just a little over a year after his Comedy Central sketch show was unceremoniously dumped, Norm got around to releasing his first comedy album, Ridiculous. Recorded over several years and featuring several of his friends and colleagues, including Will Ferrell and Artie Lange, Ridiculous is a collection of sketches that adds up to a fitfully funny affair. The problem with the record is a perennial Norm problem — he's funniest when he's just being himself, commenting on situations and throwing out quips, not when he's playing a role, which he is throughout the record. Some of the situations are funny, as are the executions, but this is funniest when he throws out an aside — and since an entire album can't consist of nothing but asides, this is more amusing than laugh-out-loud funny, which may qualify it as a bit of a disappointment for fans who have been waiting for years to hear a Norm comedy album. Even so, mediocre Norm is better than no Norm — and given his sporadic working schedule of late, it's been years with no Norm in the 2000s — so fans should check this out since it has just enough good moments to make it worthwhile.

Customer Reviews

Ridiculous...for sure.

I am a big fan of Norm MacDonalds from SNL to his movies and other acting parts. But this CD is not very funny at all. I kept waiting for it to get funnier but it never did. Too much stupid Bob and Tom skit humor that is a waste of time for someone of Norm's experience. I do not recommend buying this unless you have heard it already from a friend who may have burned or bought it already.

Big Time Norm fan

I am huge fan of Norm's and I've sat through three delightful stand up shows. I found the album to be a audio version of Saturday Night Live had it aired on HBO with the real adult humor and language. Molly Shannon is unbelievably naughty and uncensored as well as Will Ferrell. Some tracks like Burning Bed don't translate well as they should because he reashed them from his special for Comedy Central. What I found most suprising was the hidden track. That is what mostly seals the deal for me. Norm's next foray should be a stand up album.


The album is entertaining, but I would not consider it funny.


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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Ridiculous, Norm MacDonald
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Comedy, Music
  • Released: Sep 12, 2006

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