Norm Macdonald Disses Comic For Bible-Bashing: "Not Brave At All..."
CORRECTION: Harrison Greenbaum questioned inaccuracies in this original piece. To allow him equal time, he was invited onto the show, which you can see in it's entirety here.
"Comedians" really like to fancy themselves brave when they make fun of Christians. Because in 2015, it's new territory. Don't ask these same comics to trash Islam and/or the Qur'an btw. Stop asking questions.
You know who doesn't think it's hip or edgy or brave? Actual comedians who are actually funny and actually understand comedy. Also, comedians who aren't complete douchebags.
Norm MacDonald feels the same way...
"I disagree, I don't think the Bible joke was brave at all. I think if you're going to take on an entire religion, you should maybe know what you're talking about. J.K. Rowling is a Christian and J.K. Rowling famously said that if you read the scriptures you could easily guess the endings to her book. I didn't like it."
The look on the comedian's face was all you needed to see. Right after Roseanne's asinine and unwarranted praise, Norm gave the little muppet a reality check. The fact that Norm Macdonald is universally agreed upon as one of the most brilliant stand-up comics of our generation didn't help matters. Here's an excerpt from another Norm interview on the subject.
Oh, just the smugness. There are a lot more hack “smart” comedians nowadays and atheist comedians. It’s so dull. To be talking about being an atheist living in West Hollywood is not the bravest stance to take. If a guy went up and said, “Jesus Christ is our lord and savior,” I’d say, “Damn, that’s guy’s brave!” Or, “The infidels must die under the sword of Allah!” I’d go, “Goddamn, that’s a brave comic.” So that got under my skin. Also the idiocy of comparing the New Testament to Harry Potter. I knew because I read all the books with my kid that J.K. Rowling said she’s a Christian and based the books on the New Testament. I thought, now you’ve really stepped into an area that you don’t know what you’re talking about at all.
Nobody knows "edgy" more than Norm Macdonald. Hell, he was fired for being too "edgy" at SNL. The crazy thing is that he didn't dance on that line with hack profanity, but by prodding the politically correct establishment to make them as uncomfortable as possible.
Looks like he's still doing it. And doing it well.