Norm MacDonald says he doesn't have any topical material. "I don't watch the news. I watch repeats of 'Rhoda' that air at the same time," he said when we asked if he wanted to try any new one-liners on our readers. But the former "Saturday Night Live" funnyman, who plays five sold-out shows at Helium (2031 Sansom) this week, says his material is all new.
MacDonald, who also starred in the hilarious "Dirty Work," is now working on a movie called "Grown-Ups," in which he plays "some dude named Geezer." The comedy stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Chris Rock, Colin Quinn, Maya Rudolph and Salma Hayek. It's directed by Dennis Dugan, father of new Phillies draftee Kelly Dugan. MacDonald is also working on a TV show for FX called "The New Norm MacDonald Show," which he calls "a pretend reality show" in which he plays himself.
We asked MacDonald, who reprised his gum-chewing Burt Reynolds in the "SNL" finale "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch last month, how Frank Stallone had been chosen as a frequent punch line on his "Weekend Update." "We just liked the picture of him," MacDonald says. "It was just a complete non sequitur. The jokes were so retarded, like 'There was a giant tsunami. What caused the tsunami? Yep, you guessed it, Frank Stallone," he said, thinking back on the gag.