Norm! Comedy Central orders “Sports Show with Norm MacDonald” for 8-episode run

Turns out Norm MacDonald is getting his own comedy talk show in addition to hosting a poker series. Double down on Norm!

Comedy Central announced today it's picking up Sports Show with Norm MacDonald with an initial eight-episode order. The new series is slated to begin production this month with an April premiere.

Format? Taped in front of a live studio audience, MacDonald will deliver his own take on the top stories in sports. Think of his tenure on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update desk during the 1990s, but focused solely on sports in 2011.

"Norm has the uncanny ability to say what I didn't even realize I was thinking," said Comedy Central's Kent Alterman.

"I'm excited and look forward to doing this series," said MacDonald. "On this show, we plan to put the central back in Comedy Central."

You'll also see a new one-hour special out of him, called "Norm MacDonald: Me Doing Stand-Up," next month on Comedy Central, premiering March 12.

Related: Here's a clip from way back in 1998, when MacDonald hosted the ESPYs. Don't hold back!

 

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