Thursday, December 4, 2014

Harrison Schmitt is not the guy from the movies, as it turns out

I don't think there are many people funnier than Norm MacDonald, the standup guy who used to do Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live back when that was a comedy show.  Norm's comic persona is that of a slightly spacey guy, but he happens to be very intelligent (the only celebrity to make it to the million-dollar level on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"). And even then, he was wrong while being right.

And the only one to point out that children grow up "so slowly," and are much less cute when they are in your front yard, punching you in the chest.

Norm is a high school dropout, and that puts him and fellow Canadian, the late Peter Jennings, in the same group of "Canadians who dropped out of high school and achieved great fame."  Norm quit school at age 15, but then again, his father was his teacher in 6th and 7th grades.

He's a regular on Letterman and Conan and all the other late late shows, and tossed in there among the great jokes ("Scientists believe they may have discovered a primitive form of life on Jupiter's moon Europa. That primitive form of life? You guessed it, Frank Stallone.") there is a lot of thoughtful commentary.

Check out this appearance on Letterman from 2011 and enjoy the laughs, although, if you know who Khloe Kardashian is, but don't know who Harrison Schmitt is, (I didn't either) maybe we can learn more from Norm than we think!

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