Goddamn, this is the worst tragedy to happen in September for decades.
I just wanted to say that you guys have put remarkable effort into crafting this archive of Norm. Thanks so much!
Couldn't agree more, Ben. Norm had so much more to give as a performer. I always thought he could've went the Bill Murray route and become a "serious" comedy actor, especially when his comedic persona started to shift from semi-autistic to more droll and somber. As someone who's had a close relative die from cancer during the time Norm was possibly diagnosed, it amazes me how he was able to keep such a poker face. I do hope he had a small support system around him, though.
I've been watching all sorts of Norm stuff (Norm, SNL, interviews, Stan Hooper) since his passing. I loved each show he did and never got why lasting success eluded him (Norm was #1 with a Drew Carey lead in, I recall they moved it around and ratings tanked; that shows how stupid execs are. Remember, this was the perfect show to follow Drew Carey. What else would follow it?) Stan Hooper was great, he could have become the next Bob Newhart or Andy Griffith (it was created by the co-creator of Newhart.) I thought he was hinting that he wanted to take over for Conan, but it turns out he didn't really want that and turned down the show that went to Craig Ferguson (who did a great job with it.) I've known something wasn't right with Norm since his appearance as himself on 'Real Rob' about 5 years ago, I thought it was either booze or medication. He said he quit drinking, so I figure it was meds; but some people live 30+ years longer because doctors fill them with prescriptions. I always hoped he'd have something of lasting success, some great comedy; instead of lots of great projects that networks dropped and 2 movies with a starring role that were funny but failed financially so studios wouldn't give him another shot. Lot's of sabotage by Don Ohlmeyer, or so the Germans would have us believe.
Thanks for bringing this back, Steve. I sensed there was something "off" about Norm these past couple of years, which I noted in my old posts. RIP, Normie!
I just found this website and it is a fantastic project. Thank you ladies and gentlemen!
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Wow, Norm's got a Netflix special coming up:
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What the H?!
Artie's been criticizing Stern publicly for the past few months. I used to be a big Howard fan but stopped caring after he went to Sirius. Would love to hear Norm weigh in on the feud though.
I don't know too much of their relationship, but it seems like it is a shame that Artie's issues with addiction had to drive a wedge in their friendship. It seemed like the friendship was important to both of them earlier on.
And I don't even bother listening to Howard Stern anymore. There was a time when he was a fantastic interviewer, and I miss Prime Howard.
What do you guys make of Artie criticizing Howard Stern these days? I totally agree with his assessment. Howard turned into an Imus/Larry King hybrid but with better listening skills.
She's a real dirty dog!
From what I hear, Norm's wife is a real battleaxe
Hey Norm is asking about Steve. Anybody know how to contact Steven Jenkins?
From what I cobbled together over the years, it seems like it was a long distance thing when he was on SNL and he mighta been banging Elle MacPherson.
I've wondered that too. It is really bizarre, he used to make comments about having a wife back when he was married and yet has not said a single thing since it seems. I also don't recall the memoir mentioning it. Actually, I'm not even sure his son is mentioned in the memoir.