KEVIN NEALON AND NORM MACDONALD
Presented by Bonkerz Comedy
Saturday, August 22 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds.
Nealon has also found great comedic success in his extensive film career. In Anger Management, he played opposite Jack Nicholson and fellow Saturday Night Live comedian, Adam Sandler. He and Sandler also teamed up in Eight Crazy Nights, The Wedding Singer, Happy Gilmore and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, the latter of which grossed over $200 million worldwide. In Joe Dirt, Nealon joined another Saturday Night Live alumnus, David Spade. Kevin’s other film credits include Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy, Good Boy with Molly Shannon, Roxanne with Steve Martin and the cult hit, Grandma’s Boy, with Jonah Hill and Nick Swardson.
As one of the longest running cast members on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (1986-1995), Nealon created some of the show’s most memorable characters, including ‘The Subliminal Man’ and ‘Hans and Franz.’ Nealon’s reoccurring role as an anchor on ‘Weekend Update’ made the sketch a show staple. In 1988 Kevin earned an Emmy® nomination as part of the SNL writing team.
Norm Macdonald is perhaps best known for his five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. For three years Macdonald anchored “Weekend Update,” SNL’s longest running recurring sketch. Macdonald also wrote for the popular ABC sitcom, Roseanne and starred in The Norm Show from 1999 to 2001. Comedy Central ranked Macdonald 83 on the five part miniseries, 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. He is also noted as one of Conan O'Brien's favorite and most frequent guests on his various talk shows.
Aside from his notable characterizations of Bob Dole and Burt Reynolds, Macdonald proved that his acerbic wit and writing were not contained to the small screen. In 1998 Macdonald co-wrote and starred in the comedy Dirty Work. Directed by Bob Saget and released by MGM, this film became an instant comedy cult classic. Macdonald also played the voice of “Lucky,” the dog in all three of the Eddie Murphy remakes of Dr. Doolittle, and appeared in Adam Sandler’s hit comedy, Billy Madison. Additionally, he played a network reporter in Miloš Forman's Oscar®-nominated film, The People Vs. Larry Flint and appeared in Forman’s 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic, Man on the Moon, which grossed $45.6 million worldwide.
Later, Macdonald took part in the highly anticipated Comedy Central series Sports Talk that premiered in April 2011, focusing on current events in sports.
He was also featured in the Comedy Central stand-up special, Norm Macdonald: Just Me Doing Stand-Up, which debuted in March 2011. Later still, Macdonald replaced Gabe Kaplan as commentator on the seventh season of High Stakes Poker on Game Show Network. The GSN talent roster joining Macdonald on the seventh season included Drew Carey, Bill Engvall and Jerry Springer.