GJ-bound comedian Norm MacDonald pulling for Steelers

Norm MacDonald, a comedian who spent five years on Saturday Night Live and has appeared in several movies, will perform stand up at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Avalon Theatre.

Comedian Norm MacDonald has appeared in movies and on TV. At 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, MacDonald will appear at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.

Tickets are $29 and available at City Market stores, http://www.ticketswest.com or by calling 866-464-2626.

MacDonald, perhaps best known for his five years on Saturday Night Live, including his stint from 1994–1997 as host of “Weekend Update,” also appeared in comedic movies such as “Billy Madison” and is the voice of Death in the TV series “Family Guy.”

He next will appear in a Comedy Central stand-up special March 12.

In a phone interview, MacDonald spoke about the Super Bowl, the weather and vampires.

Mawdsley: Do you have any Super Bowl plans this year?

MacDonald: Oh yeah. I love the Super Bowl. I always watch it by myself, so I can listen to it. I like listening to the announcers. I watch the whole thing and like the three hours before it.

Mawdsley: Who are you cheering for?

MacDonald: The Steelers. I love Pittsburgh.

Mawdsley: Before that, you’ll be in Grand Junction. Ever been to Grand Junction before?

MacDonald: I have never been.

Mawdsley: How about western Colorado?

MacDonald: No. Is it really cold?

Mawdsley: Well, it’s snowing right now.

MacDonald: Great.

Mawdsley: Your sketch in Grand Junction is solo, but you’ve done ensemble work, too. It seems like standing up on stage by yourself would be much harder than being with a group. Is it?

MacDonald: It’s harder than ensemble. In ensemble, the audience is a different creature. They are watching you talking to other people. (In stand-up) when you are talking directly to the audience, they take it kind of personally if it’s not funny.

Mawdsley: Do you prefer performing solo?

MacDonald: Oh yeah. I like the control of the material. Whenever I have to write anything else (with a group), it has to be collaborative, and you can’t prove your opinion is funnier. In stand-up, you live or die by your own ideas.

Mawdsley: Where do you find your comedic ideas?

MacDonald: It’s wherever you get your thoughts, I guess. I try every day to write a joke. Mostly, it’s just discipline to write a joke every day. If I write a joke every day, that’s 365 jokes.

Mawdsley: What can people anticipate hearing from you during your Friday, Feb. 4, stop in Grand Junction? Do you change your act in every town to be more specific to the region?

MacDonald: I used to try to change it. People are pretty much identical everywhere you go. Once, you start trying to predict what people are like, trouble sets in. In Grand Junction, I think I might be talking a little bit about vampires. I watched this movie, “Dracula” the other day. Now, vampires are sexy, but in this movie, this fellow wasn’t sexy.

Mawdsley: I’ve gone back and watched former clips of you on YouTube. Ever watch past appearances you’ve made or shows you’ve done?

MacDonald: No. I never watch myself. I used to try and tape my stand-up and watch it, but you never really like it. And, hopefully, you have improved, so whatever is in the past is frozen in time. It’s like looking at old pictures of haircuts of yourself from, like, the ‘70s. You thought the bangs were a good idea.


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