Norm Macdonald to host Netflix talk show
David Letterman has a new talk show on Netflix, and now a good buddy of his will join him on the streaming service in a similar capacity.
Norm Macdonald will host Norm Macdonald Has a Show, Netflix confirmed on Friday. The talk show will feature MacDonald, sidekick Adam Eget, and a celebrity guest in each episode, offering up “great and unexpected conversation, jokes, and a behind-the-scenes look at Norm’s world,” according to the streaming service. Ten episodes have been ordered.
Macdonald broke the news himself on Twitter, sharing a text exchange he had with Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.Tweets by normmacdonald
The dry-witted Canadian comedian also will serve as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside his longtime producer Lori Jo Hoekstra, while Letterman is a creative partner, or “location scout.” Macdonald had alluded to the deal in a Reddit AMA in January, noting that Netflix became interested in him via his podcast Norm Macdonald Live. “I did my podcast in order to see if I could host a talk show,” he said. “And I think I succeeded and have now been offered a talk show by Netflix. All the podcasts were rehearsals.” (Macdonald added that he was still in negotiations with the streamer, noting, “There’s no show yet.”)
The series is likely to debut in late 2018 or early 2019.
MacDonald has ties to the streaming service, headlining the stand-up special Norm MacDonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery last year. He anchored Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” in the mid-’90s, hosted Comedy Central’s Sports Show With Norm MacDonald in 2011, and currently voices a gelatinous engineer on Fox’s The Orville and an alcoholic pigeon on Adult Swim’s Mike Tyson Mysteries.
Netflix continues to beef up presence in the talk show space, launching My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman and The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale in February. The streamer, which also debuted Bill Nye Saves the World last year, will unveil new episodes of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee later this year, along with talk shows hosted by Michelle Wolf and Hasan Minhaj.