Pop Quiz: Norm Macdonald

Aidin Vaziri | It wasn’t much of a surprise when Comedy Central decided not to pick up Norm Macdonald’s “Sports Show” for a second season. Despite the weekly series’ respectable ratings, the former “Saturday Night Live” star hasn’t had much luck with television since he was dismissed from his duties at the “Weekend Update” anchor desk (anyone remember “Norm” or “A Minute With Stan Hooper”?). But he remains one of the funniest men in the business, as evidenced by his latest DVD, “Me Doing Stand-Up,” and frequent late-night appearances on talk shows. Macdonald, 47, is on the road for the remainder of the year



Norm Macdonald

Q: What happened with the “Sports Show”?

A: I always thought that if the word “sports” was in the title we would have trouble because women wouldn’t watch it – you’re automatically cutting off 50 percent of your potential audience. That might have been part of the problem. We also had the terrible misfortune of going up against a great NBA final game every week. We were doing it on a Tuesday because I was thinking of football season, but we never made it to football season.

Q: After all this time, it feels like people still don’t quite know what to do with you. How much of that is your fault?

A: I don’t think I will ever find anything. I don’t really know anything. I have no strong opinions on any subjects. I don’t have a worldview or anything. Every time I think of an opinion, I immediately think of the counterpoint.

Q: You have no business being a comedian.

A: I know.

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