by Norm MacDonald


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Norm MacDonald is a funny guy but he's had a hard time finding an ideal medium for his humor outside of standup or Saturday Night Live. Try as he might to work himself into films and sitcoms, it often was an uneasy fit as likely to succeed (Dirty Work or at least the first season of Norm) as it did not (Screwed and The Norm MacDonald Show) . Just a little over a year after his Comedy Central sketch show was unceremoniously dumped, Norm got around to releasing his first comedy album, Ridiculous. Recorded over several years and featuring several of his friends and colleagues, including Will Ferrell and Artie Lange, Ridiculous is a collection of sketches that adds up to a fitfully funny affair. The problem with the record is a perennial Norm problem -- he's funniest when he's just being himself, commenting on situations and throwing out quips, not when he's playing a role, which he is throughout the record. Some of the situations are funny, as are the executions, but this is funniest when he throws out an aside -- and since an entire album can't consist of nothing but asides, this is more amusing than laugh-out-loud funny, which may qualify it as a bit of a disappointment for fans who have been waiting for years to hear a Norm comedy album. Even so, mediocre Norm is better than no Norm -- and given his sporadic working schedule of late, it's been years with no Norm in the 2000s -- so fans should check this out since it has just enough good moments to make it worthwhile.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2006
Label: Comedy Central
UPC: 0824363004327
catalogNumber: 43
Rank: 80646

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norm MacDonald   Primary Artist
Peter Erskine   Drums,Bells
Mike Garson   Track Performer
Brooks Arthur   Background Vocals
Steve Lawrence   Vocals
Gary Owens   Announcer,Guest Appearance
Chuck Berghofer   Upright Bass
Teddy Castellucci   Electric Guitar
Betsy Hammer   Background Vocals
Michael Lang   Piano,Celeste
Dean Parks   Guitar,Soloist
Gabe Veltri   Background Vocals
Billy Watts   Rhythm Guitar
Jon Lovitz   Track Performer
Tim Meadows   Track Performer
Molly Shannon   Track Performer
Will Ferrell   Track Performer
Jim Lampley   Track Performer
Fred Stoller   Track Performer
Dave "Gruber" Allen   Track Performer
Louisette Geiss   Background Vocals
Steve Higgins   Track Performer
Lori Jo Hoekstra   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Elmo Weber   Track Performer
Mimi Zora   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Garson   Composer
Brooks Arthur   Producer
Betsy Hammer   Composer
Lorne Michaels   Executive Producer
Gabe Veltri   Producer,Engineer
Ted Lobinger   Sound Effects,Engineer
Rich Breen   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Norm MacDonald   Composer
William Malina   Engineer
Alan Schlaifer   Sound Effects
Steve Higgins   Composer
Lori Jo Hoekstra   Composer,Producer
Daniela Pastre   Graphic Design
Elmo Weber   Composer,Sound Effects,Sound Design

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