If you missed Norm MacDonald’s final appearance on Conan before the big move last night, it was a classic example of why Norm is Conan’s most memorable guest. When Norm shows up, he’s less like a celebrity interviewee and more like half of a Conan/MacDonald comedy team in which Norm plays a person high on magic mushrooms to Conan’s nervous straight man. In the span of less than ten minutes, Norm managed to mercilessly tease Conan for being “outfoxed again” by Jay Leno (“Your agent’s like…remember that discussion we had where you said “I’ll never have to fucking follow Leno again?”), envision his own dire scenario for the next great depression (“If I had money to invest right now you wanna know what I’d invest in? Guys jumping off the top of buildings.”), and show clips from the movie he completed six months ago in which he plays Captain Sully, Sully Sulzberg (sic): Airport Pilot. And then he goaded chef Gordon Ramsay into making multiple obscene gestures during a cooking segment. All the video is after the jump.

The interview, in which Norm tries to prepare Conan for the upcoming hobo uprising:

Norm should probably not be allowed to participate in cooking segments with egomaniacal chefs:

And because I’m always looking for an excuse to put up this clip of what I (and many) believe is the greatest late night talk show appearance of all time, here’s Norm’s infamous Conan appearance with Courtney Thorne-Smith:

Just the best. When Conan moves to LA, Norm should be his sidekick.

Comments (32)
  1. Is that too perfect to actually work? A Conan and Norm team? MAybe even a weekly segment with the two. My heart races at the possibilities!

  2. that was amazing.

  3. norm macdonald has an IQ of 200.

    • sandra  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2009 -3

      how do you know norm’s I.Q. is 200?

    • odeed  |   Posted on Oct 5th, 2009 0

      Have you seen his ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ appearance? He jovialy made his way to half a million, without breaking a sweat. It is pretty incredible, actually.

  4. i want to marry norm macdonald. he will only get better as he gets more senile.

  5. Daniel  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 +17

    I have never seen a more realistic depiction of three guys trying to cook. One knows what he’s doing, one constantly fucks up, and the other ends up drinking while the other two argue.

  6. oh norm how I miss you. I think my favorite norm talk show moment is when he was on the view

  7. Best guest ever

  8. frank  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 +15

    He’d be so much more famous if he wasn’t so damn funny.

  9. no one explains their own jokes better than norm.

  10. K  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 +3

    Norm MacDonald rules. He is one of those guys who could ONLY be a comedian. He was put on this earth to do just what he is doing.

  11. Oh my gosh….that was the funniest thing ever.

  12. The world needs much more Norm MacDonald.

  13. Norm’s the funniest guy. Even when’s bombing, it still cracks me up. Those movie clips were awesome, great anti-climactic finish.

  14. JOhnny Mac  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 -20

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  15. P.T. Smith  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 +7

    You know how every once in a while, one of your friends gets just perfectly drunk where he’s theoretically coherent, but it’s still all insane, and funny, and somehow brilliant? That’s Norm all the time. It brings me joy.

  16. Bender Bending Rodriguez  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 +2

    C T-Smith’s career was so destroyed by Norm that she had to marry Jim Belushi. EEEEWWWWWWW!

  17. Norm is a fucking treasure. “Savin’ up for the thing,” indeed.

  18. Box Office Poison! And you know what, he was right. CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD only grossed $181,233. NORM!

  19. ooooh Norm.

  20. Norm is a real hobophobe. HEYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  21. matt  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2009 0

    was he high?

  22. God, I want Norm to rip G. Paltrow a new one when Conan takes over for the Tonight Show.

  23. url404  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2009 +1

    When I saw this post on the front page I immediately thought of the interview with Courtney Thorne-Smith. So happy you posted it!

    I also believe it is the “greatest late night talk show appearance of all time”.

  24. So I checked out Chairman of the Board on Wikipedia, and the entire “publicity” section of the page is devoted to Norm and Courtney Thorne-Smith on Late Night. It’s awesome.

  25. jfr3sh  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2009 0

    i rented that movie when i was like 10.

  26. Why was Andy Richter just sitting there doing nothing in the second video?

  27. “We’re gonna be friends in LA”
    “No we aren’t”
    “You betcha. YOU BETCHA”

  28. Also, for those who were wondering what this “Kitchener Leslie” comment was about,

    Conan didn’t get it.

  29. huh? Smoke a couple bowls and say whatever random shit comes to mind = the Norm MacDonald comedy method.

  30. Pinsel  |   Posted on May 23rd, 2009 +1

    I think Gordan and Norm should team up and make a cooking show or something, hell i would even watch it if they were both picking blueberries!

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