As of today, you can watch the first trailer for the new Tom Hanks-starring, Clint Eastwood-directed biopic of Sully Sullenberger, the US Airways pilot who dramatically landed a full jet in the Hudson River in 2009. I’m sure the movie will be decent, but it’s impossible for it to be better than the fake Sully biopic created by Norm Macdonald for Conan O’Brien just a month after the incident.
Two of television’s most famously deadpan comedians shared a surprisingly touching moment on Friday, when Norm Macdonald closed his last stand-up set on Late Show with David Letterman with a tearful tribute to the man he called “the greatest talk show host who ever lived.”
If you ever need to convince someone that show business is a chauvinist boys club, just play them this clip explaining how, sometime in the 1990s, Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels wanted to install a woman as Weekend Update anchor for the first time in a decade, but abandoned the idea after his hero Steve Martin said "some broad" had "fucked everything up" when co-hosting an awards show with him.
On last night's Late Show, Norm MacDonald explained his fight with Steve Martin over twitter—that all began by one misunderstood tweet. At the time, Norm didn't realize a TwitPic was attached to Steve's tweet and that's where the confusion began.
The brick wall, Norm's blazer, and the crowd keep the clip's look firmly in comedy's past. Norm's jokes remain relevant because of the static nature of the dental care industry and America's aversion to floss.
Last Friday, Conan O'Brien bid The Tonight Show adieu. Jay Leno will reclaim the "King of Late Night" title in March. But to understand the present, one must know the past: here's how we got to where we are now.