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Norm Macdonald: CSI Cabaret 2010

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Former Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald will headline the 2010 annual Child Saving Institute’s Cabaret. This year the Cabaret has a fun New York theme packed with great décor to reflect NYC.



Macdonald isn’t a stranger to Omaha; he was here 8 months ago and says “I like the Midwest a lot because it reminds me of Canada.” Originally from Ottawa, Macdonald got his start in stand-up comedy. There wasn’t enough work in Canada, so he moved to New York to focus on comedy.

In New York, Macdonald was noticed at a comedy club and was asked to join the SNL cast. He was best known for his weekly role on the Weekend Update. Macdonald also played many other roles on SNL including Bob Dole. Macdonald enjoyed his time on SNL and says the best part was becoming friends with Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock and Chris Farley.

This summer, Macdonald, Sandler, Spade and Rock star in a new movie called Grown Ups. Macdonald says  it’s “a Big Chill type movie where a bunch of friends are reunited after many years. The great thing about this movie is that our old SNL cast was reunited to do it.” The movie was put together by Sandler and sounds like it will be hilarious.

Macdonald’s a huge hockey fan. When the Olympics were in Canada he was asked to go and be part of it, but he stayed in LA because he didn’t want to miss out on watching any of the games.

“I like the Midwest a lot because it reminds me of Canada.”

-Norm Macdonald

Growing up, when other kids were listing to music, Macdonald was listening to comedy albums. His favorites were Bill Cosby, George Carlin, and Cheech and Chong. He became the funny kid at school that was telling these comedians’ joke. Eventually he started coming up with his own jokes. Even now, stand-up is still his true love. He is on tour across the country 45 weeks out of the year. Macdonald says stand-up is not collaborative, and that’s what he likes best about it. It’s the one thing that he really likes to do best. Macdonald says he’d really like to live far away from civilization in a shack or cabin.

So what’s Macdonald doing when he’s not on tour being a funny guy? He’s an avid reader. He made his way through the Encyclopedia Britannica in a mere six years. He’s working his way through every classic. Tolstoy’s War and Peace is so far his favorite. He says that “books were not written to be studied. They were meant to be enjoyed. The books that kids read in high school kids can’t relate to because they haven’t lived yet. The only books that teenagers can really relate to are the ones like the ‘Catcher in the Rye’ that involve teenagers.” 

Macdonald has a teenage son and he tells him to “stay out of show business and try to do something of merit.” Macdonald says he just “got lucky.” Even if Macdonald calls it luck, he wouldn’t have gotten to where he is without great talent. Macdonald’s deadpan humor is guaranteed to make you laugh until your stomach hurts.

What else is Macdonald working on? He’s been working on a book that’s a pretend memoir. He says it always cracked him up that so many of the best sellers were memoirs so he decided it would be funny to write a pretend one.

The CSI Cabaret starring Macdonald is Saturday, May 8th at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. It will include dinner, cocktails, and entertainment. Tickets for the event are $150 each for regular tickets or $250 each for preferred seating. The Honorary Chairmen for the event are Carol and Gary Perkins, and the General Chairmen are Christine and David Nikunen and Wendy and S. Scott Moore.

Money raised will support emergency shelters for children, intensive family preservation, adoption, foster care programs, and developmental childcare. If you are wondering exactly what your dollar can provide, here are some numbers: $25 can provide a family with one hour of counseling with a social worker. $50 would pay for a day of foster care for a five-year-old who is no longer safe in his home. $100 can pay for 10 weeks of parenting classes for a single parent. $250 could provide fresh clothing for five siblings in the emergency triage center. $500 will pay for a stipend for an inadequately supplied daycare. $1000 can pay for the foster care of one child for one month.

CSI is a 5013c that is dedicated to the intervention, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Peg Harriott, President & CEO of CSI says they are fortunate that less than 25% of the donations that they receive go towards overheard. “We have 22 programs that we support, Harriott says. “We appreciate everything that the community does to support Child Saving Institute. We couldn’t do it without them”

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