A documentary about Norm, his incident in Iowa, his philosophies, and his battles with cancer. I tried to condense what I love about Norm into this tribute. There are a lot of people I trust to make me laugh, but with Norm it’s almost like there’s also this element of joy you get beyond just humor. Joy from his demeanor and originality, even if the joke flops.
It’s weird feeling a connection with somebody you’ve never met, and like many others have said – it was the first “celebrity” death I’ve felt any emotion with, but I think this was part of Norm’s genius – he didn’t see value in posturing, possessions, or regarding himself above others – as is the default in Hollywood…he was just a guy – just an ol’ chunk of coal. And it’s very refreshing that his life exists as this beacon.
Hopefully I didn’t misrepresent any of his thoughts or events, just trying to spread this guy far and wide and add to all the awesome content out there.
Thanks for watching and thanks to r/NormMacdonald which led me to many useful links/articles/clips.
Podcast episode sources:
WTF Marc Maron: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6c4O2B2L1V6OMgzDHh1Vua
Comedy Album Bookclub: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6fpZUV08br5vpQPdJnQ0Lz
Theo Von/Jim Breuer (Iowa Story): https://open.spotify.com/episode/18GDB8paYnHA8h7IYTeVka
Conan O’Brien: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1PRdqcSkRnZuYpznfIubu4
All 45 Full Norm Macdonald Live Video Podcast episodes are available for free viewing/download on the Internet Archive, there’s a real jerk of a channel on YT trying to charge for them: https://archive.org/details/Norm_Macdonald_Live
I uploaded all the newspaper clippings I found using a newspaper archive site here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1schs3Ouhg8Xhm3OWJHhgB2fYU3EcxBsR?usp=sharing