In life, many things are not only said things, but are also other things. This, is one of those things. May I present to you, Norm Macdonald. Please listen to the clip now.
Norm Macdonald is hilarious. But, over the years, I have realized that he is a certain kind of hilarious. I’m not sure what kind it is, all I know is that I love him. So much. What I can’t comprehend is that others don’t love him, which is crazy. I think everything he’s ever done (from the weekend update at SNL, to one of my favorite all time movies, Dirty Work, to The Sports Show) has oozed with a certain, norm-hilarity. He comes at everything from a unique perspective, which is refreshing in this day and age of group think. Now, if you haven’t listened to the YouTube clip above, please do so now. Norm Macdonald was fired from SNL for hating OJ Simpson or not being funny. Depends on who you ask. But one thing is certain. He clashed with the higher ups at SNL and even a few of the star hosts. And in the end, he was let go for either not making the audience at large happy, or his relationships, or some sort of combination.
Enter Dan Harmon. In 2009, he created “Community.” This show, which started just like any other half hour comedy, would go on to carve out one of the more unique niches on the internet. Beloved by nerds, geeks, dorks, pop culture enthusiasts and fans of layered jokes and call backs, and I say people with good taste, it chugged along at the “about to get canceled” speed for three seasons. NBC, which to their credit, continues to kind of support community (they move it around too much and last season it was in an awful time slot) decided it did not want to lose one of the few shows it had with an established fan base. So, they did the next base thing in their mind. The fired the creator and showrunner, Dan Harmon.
I love the show, and what Harmon brings to it, so, at first I was mad. But, even I had to admit a tiny speck of something that smacked of common sense. Networks are in the business of attracting viewers, and thus, sponsors. So, with Community continuing to fare poor in the ratings department, perhaps bringing a fresh perspective to the show could also bring eyeballs. But the problem is they didn’t really bring a fresh perspective. The fourth season was full of re-hash’s and empty call backs, with only 2 or 3 episodes being truly great. So, the show runners for the fourth season were not retained, and the ghosts of creators past began to haunt the internet. Rumors spread, and then officially, Harmon confirmed his return.
And we, the rabid fans of the REAL community, have Joel Mchale to thank! Thanks Joel! Now we can look forward to what Community fans have been praying for the whole time… #sixseasonsandamovie
So, let’s recap what really happened. ::Clears throat, takes on Norm Macdonald Voice:: “When the people here asked me to do this show, I felt kind of weird. A year and a half ago, I had sort of a disagreement with the management at the NBC. I wanted to keep my job, right? And THEY felt the exact opposite. So they fired me because they said that I wasn’t funny. But now, this is the weird part, only a year and half later, they ask me back. So I go, wait a minute… How do I go in a year and a half, from being not funny enough, to be even allowed in the building, to being so funny, that I’m now running the show? How did I get so damn funny? It was inexplicable to me cause a year and a half is not enough time for a dude to learn how to be funny. Then it occurred to me. I haven’t gotten funnier… The show has gotten really bad! Ok, so let’s recap. The bad news is, I’m still not funny. The good news is, the show blows!”
Great to have you back, Dan Macdonald. 🙂