Conan O'Brien Praises Norm Macdonald's Bold Humor Amid O.J. Joke Controversy

Conan O'Brien reflects on comedy's bold impact and legacy.

by Nouman Rasool
Conan O'Brien Praises Norm Macdonald's Bold Humor Amid O.J. Joke Controversy
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Conan O'Brien shared a very touching tribute to the late friend and comedy genius Norm Macdonald, where he spoke of the brave humor he showed, especially the constant jokes on O.J. Simpson, against which the bosses were. The announcement came as O'Brien appeared on CNN's "The Lead With Jake Tapper" to plug his new show, "Conan O'Brien Must Go." Norm Macdonald, the drolly caustic Canadian comic and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member who became best known during its 20th season while anchoring "Weekend Update" with razor-sharp wit about the O.J.

Simpson murder trial, died Tuesday. Unyielding in his comedic conviction, Macdondonald repeatedly insuated the guilt of Simpson in his murder case, infamously introducing a book on Prince Charles with the quip: "Of Course O.J.

Did It, Come On."

Comedy Amid Controversy

The audacity of Macdonald’s humor ultimately led to his dismissal from SNL in 1998 by NBC's then-head Don Ohlmeyer, a known associate of Simpson. Reflecting upon this era, O'Brien would note how the politics of the network were inextricably linked with comedy: "The head of the network at the time was tight with O.J.

Even though O'Brien has been one to speak with a lot of reverence about Macdonalnd, especially calling him "one of my best guests of all-time" and "one of the great comedians of all-time." This tribute underlines Macdonald's unique ability to prick the overbearing status quo with an audacious style.

Years later, Macdonald's sharp humor continued to resonate, as evidenced by a 2019 tweet to Simpson when the former football star joined Twitter. With a typical blend of caution and wit, Macdonald wrote, “Hey, OJ, it's Norm.

Listen, be careful about the videos you put out there. I recognize the golf course behind your house I know that exact street and could easily print your address. Of course, I never would, but others would. Be careful, Juice”.

This exchange not only highlights Macdonald's continued relevance in the digital age but also his enduring influence as a comedian who dared to speak truth through satire, a testament to the legacy he leaves behind in the world of comedy.