Norm Macdonald Live

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Norm Macdonald Live
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Presentation
Hosted byNorm Macdonald
Adam Eget
GenreComedy
Talk
Format
  • Audio
  • video
Created byNorm Macdonald
LanguageEnglish
Length1 hour
Production
ProductionDaniel Kellison (executive producer)
No. of episodes36
Publication
Original releaseMarch 26, 2013 – February 16, 2018
ProviderJash
WebsiteYoutube

Norm Macdonald Live was a weekly free audio and video podcast hosted by Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and actor Norm Macdonald with The Comedy Store's Adam Eget serving as co-host and former Late Show with David Letterman producer Daniel Kellison serving as executive producer.[1] Launched by Jash's Video Podcast Network on March 26, 2013, the podcast ran for three seasons. It featured interviews with comedians, actors, and other members of the entertainment community. The program aired on Amazon Video and was later archived on YouTube. On February 16, 2018, the series became unavailable on YouTube. Norm Macdonald Has a Show, a spiritual successor to Norm Macdonald Live starring Macdonald and Eget was released on Netflix on the September 14, 2018.

Background[edit]

The first season premiered on March 26, 2013 and concluded after eleven episodes. After a year-long hiatus, the second season debuted on May 12, 2014.[2] It concluded after thirteen episodes in August 2014.

A third season was released in September and October 2016, but only aired 2 episodes before going on hiatus. On July 25, 2017 the season continued with guest David Letterman. The recommencement of the third season featured a brand new set as well as a new style of filming, that seemed to prefer close-up camera shots on subjects rather than the traditional medium close-up.

Format[edit]

The podcast followed a talk show format. Each hour-long episode features opening remarks between Macdonald and co-host Adam Eget, often involving elaborate comedic bits and irreverent chit-chat, leading into a guest interview. The show concludes with a segment called "Jokes," in which the hosts and their guest take turns reading one-liners from index cards.

Episodes[edit]

Season One[edit]

Episode Release Date Subject
1 March 26, 2013 Super Dave Osborne
2 April 2, 2013 Tom Green
3 April 9, 2013 Fred Stoller
4 April 16, 2013 Russell Brand
5 April 23, 2013 Billy Bob Thornton
6 April 30, 2013 Larry King
7 May 7, 2013 Kevin Nealon
8 May 14, 2013 Simon Helberg
9 May 21, 2013 Nick Swardson
10 May 27, 2013 Andy Dick
11 June 11, 2013 Gilbert Gottfried

Season Two[edit]

Episode Release Date Subject
1 May 12, 2014 Ray Romano
2 May 21, 2014 Adam Sandler
3 May 26, 2014 David Spade
4 June 2, 2014 Carl Reiner
5 June 9, 2014 Fred Willard
6 June 16, 2014 Todd Glass
7 June 30, 2014 Bob Saget
8 July 7, 2014 David Koechner
9 July 14, 2014 Roseanne Barr
10 July 21, 2014 Marc Maron
11 July 28, 2014 Martin Mull
12 August 7, 2014 Jack Carter

Season Three[edit]

Episode Release Date Subject
1 September 15, 2016 Stephen Merchant
2 September 26, 2016 Bill Hader
3 July 25, 2017 David Letterman
4 August 1, 2017 Mike Tyson
5 August 8, 2017 Bobby Lee
6 August 15, 2017 Sarah Silverman
7 August 22, 2017 Dana Carvey
8 August 29, 2017 Jerry Seinfeld
9 September 5, 2017 Caitlyn Jenner
10 September 12, 2017 Rich Little
11 September 19, 2017 Margaret Cho
12 September 26, 2017 Tim Allen
13 October 3, 2017 Jim Carrey

Specials[edit]

Episode Release Date Subject
1 April 13, 2013 The Masters with Norm Macdonald 2013 (day 1)
2 April 14, 2013 The Masters with Norm Macdonald 2013 (day 2)
3 April 11, 2015 The Masters with Norm Macdonald 2015 (day 1)
4 April 12, 2015 The Masters with Norm Macdonald 2015 (day 2)

Critical reception[edit]

Reviews for the series have been positive, with warm notices from USA Today[3] and Entertainment Weekly.[4] Darren Staley of America's Comedy writes "The show is at all times smart, unpredictable, thought-provoking, and funny as hell," arguing that "It's the best podcast out there right now."[5] Writing for IFC, Ron Mwangaguhunga called Macdonald "a comedic force with which to be reckoned," noting that the show was "a bit rough around the edges," in its first episode.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Norm Macdonal Live Review". IFC. March 26, 2013.
  2. ^ "Here's the Season 2 Premiere of 'Norm Macdonald Live' with Ray Romano". Splitsider. May 13, 2014.
  3. ^ "Norm MacDonald launches a video podcast". USA Today. March 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "Norm Macdonald talks new video podcast, shares excellent advice: 'The best defense is an insane offense' - EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. March 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "'Norm Macdonald Live' in Retrospect". America's Comedy. May 29, 2013.

External links[edit]

  • [1] - Official YouTube Channel