Sports Show For People Who Don't Care About Sports 

...But love Norm Mcdonald

As the "Weekend Update" host on Saturday Night Live for three years in the 1990s, Norm Macdonald made Chevy Chase and Dennis Miller look like Brad Hall and Charles Rocket.

Macdonald was fired from that gig despite being the funniest person alive. He now has a Comedy Central outlet, Sports Show with Norm Macdonald, on Tuesday nights to further assert his greatness--not that he would say that.

In this post-modern age of ironic deconstruction, Macdonald is the perfect anti-comedian. He's able to make the most self-evident observations surprising without ever resorting to an actual "joke."

Hearts are symbols of love, but ultimately, he points out, they're horrible things that attack and kill us.

He mentions that Michael Jordan has a Hitler mustache in those underwear commercials.

We've all seen it, but Macdonald confronts and reduces the side effect of Jordan's ill-considered shave to its most elemental problem: "You have Michael Jordan, which is excellent, and the commercial is effective in this way--it makes people think about underpants. And that's the good part, but ... it also makes people think of the Fuhrer of the Third Reich--Adolph Hitler."

Of course, you could also say that Hitler had a Charlie Chaplin mustache or that a time-traveling Chaplin had a Michael Jordan mustache, but Macdonald is too smart and too funny to explore such pointless permutations. The blunt simplicity of his wit resides in a rigid resistance to convention. His punchlines rarely differ from the set-ups unless he's satirizing less talented comedians. With emphatic inflections that somehow defy expectation by embracing the obvious, he dares the audience not to laugh.

Maybe it's best not to over-analyze it. Just watch the show. He says things like, "After reading all of these Yogi Berra quotes, I'm startin' to think the guy was retarded."

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