Comedy Central’s success in the political arena with “The Daily Show” and the “Colbert Report” has finally decided to move into the largely untapped market of sports mockery first with “Onion SportsDome,” essentially a parody of ESPN’s “Sports Center,” and now with a more straight forward approach in “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald.”
As you might expect “Sports Show” adheres closely to style of the old Macdonald-led Weekend Update segments on “Saturday Night Live,” a high joke per minute ratio with a pre-taped bit in each of the first two shows and the smug look of satisfaction emanating from Norm’s face.
While the jokes will hit or miss with an ever altering ratio from week to week mostly depending on what has occurred in the world of sports over the last seven days, most opinions of the show rest on the shoulders of the host. Macdonald is a divisive comic, beloved my many but detested by a vocal group. Most of the complaints about Macdonald center on the belief that Norm is just a bit too cool for school and believes that he is no doubt the smartest man in the room. To each their own I guess. However I like Norm mostly because of a willingness to enter into territory that many comics wouldn’t dare touch.
“Sports Show with Norm Macdonald” received an eight episode order from Comedy Central meaning a quarter of its first season is already in the books. It’s a worthy thirty minutes to add to your weekly television calendar.