Thursday, October 14, 2021

the last book I ever read (Based on a True Story: Not a Memoir by Norm Macdonald, excerpt eleven)

from Based on a True Story: Not a Memoir by Norm Macdonald:

I put Adam Eget on a plane to Gander, Newfoundland, while I hunkered down with Fred Wolf to work on the Answering Machine sketch. Fred was a writer of the highest order whom I had known for years from our stand-up days. I loved Fred’s outright disdain for certain hosts. Many times SNL would have a very handsome dramatic actor on as a host. An actor who was convinced he was funny. Women are attracted to funny men, it is often said. This is not true. It only appears this way because women laugh at everything a very handsome man says. So this gives the very handsome men the idea that they are funny. This phenomenon made Fred angry and he refused to refer to the handsome hosts by name; instead he would call them “Face.” “Hey, Norm,” he’d say, and point to his script. “You think Face will be able to handle this line?” That would always make me bust a gut. Face. Perfect.

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