On Tuesday, the world of comedy lost a legend when the renowned Norm MacDonald died of cancer at the age of 61.
MacDonald, who was most known for “Saturday Night Live,” “The Norm Show,” “Dirty Work,” and other shows, had an impressive resume at the time of his death.
Despite his success in stand-up, acting, and guest appearances, MacDonald also had a strong enthusiasm for sports, which led to several bouts with gambling addiction. One smaller, maybe forgotten, initiative tapped into his passion for sports. MacDonald’s humorous interpretations on sports stories were broadcast on “Sports Show with Norm MacDonald.”
From April to June 2011, the one-season series aired nine episodes. Despite the show’s length, MacDonald and the producers managed to work in several UFC and MMA jokes.
The show’s onsite correspondent (and future “Saturday Night Live” actor) Kyle Mooney attended UFC 121, the October 2010 event in which Cain Velasquez finished Brock Lesnar with strikes, and it was maybe the most memorable (and certainly the most in-depth) part for fight fans.
That should suffice if you’re looking to cringe! All I have to say about it is that poor Arianny Celeste.
Perhaps that style of spoof isn’t your cup of tea. That’s more than reasonable. Perhaps something more traditional will appeal to you, such as MacDonald’s joke when the UFC and WEC announced their merger.
If that didn’t make you smirk, you might not have a sense of humor. But if you liked both of the elements presented above (including plenty of uncomfortableness) peep the video below of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s interview with Karyn Bryant – and MacDonald’s reaction.
Sure, MacDonald’s MMA content was limited, but it shows the versatility of his comedic skillset that he could take something he’s largely unfamiliar with – and make it funny. An A-list comedy Hall of Famer, MacDonald was someone the world could not afford to lose in a time whereas many laughs as possible are needed. Rest in peace.
Source: USA Today