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Artist: "Norm MacDonald"
Album: "Ridiculous"
Genre: Comedy
Label: Comedy Central Records

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 4/29/2008

Review: I've always liked Norm MacDonald. I don't know what it is about the guy, but there's something very endearing about his style of humor. He seems to understand that the world is usually laughing at him instead of with him and that's something he's perfectly fine with. That being said, it should be no surprise that Norm put out a comedy album called "Ridiculous" a few years back. What surprised me is that it was supposedly 9 years in the making. Granted, I can't figure out how the hell something like this album would take 9 years to complete (I guess it was the Guns N' Roses of comedy albums), but it is a solid comedy CD nevertheless.

The nice thing about Ridiculous is that there's basically something for everyone on it. First off, it's not just a comedy CD from one of his live stand-up shows, it's almost entirely compromised of skits (except for the not-so-secret 13th track, entitled "Hidden Track"). In addition to Norm's great style, you'll find some good cameos on here as well including Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz, Will Ferrell, Tim Meadows and more.

Some of my favorite tracks include:

-"The Fantastic Four" in which the other 3 members argue with Reed Richards (aka: Mr. Fantastic) about their lame names and how only his is the only one with "Fantastic" in it.

-"Tex Hooper" a 19-minute-long epic skit about a rugged, manly country music legend who disappeared from the music scene. Years later, a producer convinces him to return to record a new album and it turns out that this legend who was once idolized by fans for being a womanizing alcoholic is actually extremely gay.

-"The World's First Two Gay Guys", the title says it all. Two pioneers decide that they want to figure out a way to have sex without women.

-"Girls, Girls, Girls" is about a woman who has multiple-personality disorder and is being treated by a doctor for it. One of her personalities is a highly sexual person who turns on the doctor and just when he's reached the peak of his arousal she becomes one of her other personalities, a young 6-year-old girl, which immediately kills his mood.

While the album is hilarious in many areas, unfortunately there are some completely forgettable tracks on it, and for something that supposedly took 9 years to complete, you wouldn't think half of the tracks would be lackluster. But hey, this album is indeed "Ridiculous" and I can't imagine Norm would want it any other way.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

pickled
Apr 29th, 2008, 08:59 AM
Why can't Norm ever get a break.
Forum Virgin
Apr 29th, 2008, 11:41 AM
You should review Dirty Work.
The Moxie Nerve Food Tonic
Apr 29th, 2008, 01:22 PM
I love Norm Macdonald. His Bob Dole was beyond hillarious.
Crazy Cat Lady
Apr 29th, 2008, 03:27 PM
If it weren't for the genius that is Norm MacDonald, we wouldn't have gotten the Celebrity Jeopardy SNL sketches.
Can't touch this
Apr 29th, 2008, 06:44 PM
The best Burt Reynolds there has ever been. Including Burt Reynolds.
Forum Virgin
Apr 29th, 2008, 07:42 PM
You should check out the Whitest Kids U Know cd it's hilarious.
ni kar'tayl gar darasuum
Apr 29th, 2008, 07:46 PM
they need to remake cannonball run with Norm as burt, Artie as dom, and Tommy Davidson as sammy
That guy...
Apr 30th, 2008, 01:26 AM
Wait, wasn't the "girls, girls, girls" skit also a skit on Saturday Night Live?
The Goddamned Batman
Apr 30th, 2008, 01:43 AM
I saw him do stand up at Virginia Tech and it was obvious he had nothing prepared at all. He just asked the audience "so what do you want to talk about?" and people yelled out random things, and he just rolled with whatever topics came up. He was absolutely hilarious.

Oh, and I agree about the cd. When it's good, it's real good. When it's not, it's just sort of "meh".
Built in the 80s
May 1st, 2008, 04:38 AM
Why isn't Norm in more movies? He's freakin hilarious - there's just something about his delivery. Dirty Work was excellent. Ridiculous was great but far from perfect.
BOO! A SPOOPY GHOST :x
May 1st, 2008, 04:42 AM
I never really liked Norm much until the last few years when he really started growing on me. Especially since I saw a video of him on Who Wants to be a Millionaire casually coasting through it as if it was no big deal. At the last few questions he just started guessing haphazardly and Regis talked him out of going through with it on the million-dollar question, which he would have gotten right. I love Norm, he's absolutely hilarious in an "I don't give a shit about anything" way.

I've yet to hear this though even though I've known about it for a while
Clap if you love Dynamo
May 1st, 2008, 07:38 AM
Norm was the best Weekend Update anchor on SNL ever. After he left SNL I never watched it again.
Member
May 2nd, 2008, 11:21 AM
The Tex Hooper skit is the best. The "hidden track" is also great.
ni kar'tayl gar darasuum
May 2nd, 2008, 08:56 PM
Norm wrote the First gay guy sketch with Chris Farley- read in a interview somewhere.