Without getting into the details of it,
last week was kind of a tough one for me, and as a result I made the call to largely take a week off from writing and social media (with one little exception
I found a little mental health space in a few places last week, including in the form of the soft-launched
Tedium redesign (nose to the grindstone: always a good strategy), but one of the strangest sources for me was the never-ending font of strange jokes that is Norm Macdonald videos on YouTube. Norm, despite never really having a bigger spot on the marquee than the criminally underrated Dirty Work
, was basically the greatest talk show guest of this or any generation.
If you were using the internet last week, this is no surprise. (A New York Times piece
was written about this subject, for God’s sake!) But like a lot of you, I’m sure, I watched a lot of videos of Norm Macdonald on the internet—clips of Norm creating horrible jokes that eventually transcended their horribleness, making talk show hosts and guests feel like there was a bomb-thrower on the sage—and found it almost calming in a way. Norm had decades of material, much of it on late-night talk shows where he somehow excelled despite the fact that such appearances can be difficult to pull off so consistently.