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A.F. Singer / CBS files</p><p>Comedian Norm MacDonald (left) was hailed as ‘the funniest man in the world’ by late night TV talk show host David Letterman.</p></p>

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Comedian Norm MacDonald (left) was hailed as ‘the funniest man in the world’ by late night TV talk show host David Letterman.

The comedian David Letterman called “the funniest man in the world” wasn’t laughing earlier this week. After the publication of a Hollywood Reporter article in which he made dismissive remarks about the #MeToo movement, Norm Macdonald was raked over the coals — on social media and in the mainstream media — for implying that the victims of Louis C.K. did not suffer as much as the comedian did when he lost his livelihood after admitting to the serial sexual harassment of female comics.

The Canadian-born comic’s scheduled appearance on Tuesday’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon was cancelled in the wake of the interview, in which he also professed his support for Roseanne Barr, whose popular rebooted sitcom Roseanne was cancelled shortly after she made a racist tweet.

However, it seems Winnipeg comedy fans aren’t overly bothered by the controversy. Macdonald’s three-night, five-show stand at Rumor’s Comedy Club — Oct. 25-27, was announced before his #MeToo misstep, but tickets, which cost $53, didn’t go on sale until Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Any speculation that fans would react negatively to his comments was quickly dismissed; high demand for tickets rendered the venue’s website inaccessible to many would-be buyers until mid-afternoon, and all five shows were sold out within a few hours.

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The comedian David Letterman called "the funniest man in the world" wasn’t laughing earlier this week. After the publication of a Hollywood Reporter article in which he made dismissive remarks about the #MeToo movement, Norm Macdonald was raked over the coals — on social media and in the mainstream media — for implying that the victims of Louis C.K. did not suffer as much as the comedian did when he lost his livelihood after admitting to the serial sexual harassment of female comics.

The Canadian-born comic’s scheduled appearance on Tuesday’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon was cancelled in the wake of the interview, in which he also professed his support for Roseanne Barr, whose popular rebooted sitcom Roseanne was cancelled shortly after she made a racist tweet.

However, it seems Winnipeg comedy fans aren’t overly bothered by the controversy. Macdonald’s three-night, five-show stand at Rumor’s Comedy Club — Oct. 25-27, was announced before his #MeToo misstep, but tickets, which cost $53, didn’t go on sale until Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Any speculation that fans would react negatively to his comments was quickly dismissed; high demand for tickets rendered the venue’s website inaccessible to many would-be buyers until mid-afternoon, and all five shows were sold out within a few hours.

The deadpan comedian, best known for his three years behind the anchor desk at Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, was quick to back-pedal on his comments, issuing an apology on Twitter. He further attempted to clarify his statements on Howard Stern’s Sirius radio show on Wednesday and then again on ABC’s The View on Thursday, when he had to walk back yet another distasteful comment about people with Down syndrome.

All 10 episodes of Macdonald’s new Netflix special, Norm Macdonald Has a Show, were available to stream on Friday; reviews have been decidedly mixed. Variety called it "stilted and strange," and said, "It’s incredibly frustrating to watch a comic once defined by his sharp commentary wander so aimlessly through this show just because he can."

Entertainment Weekly lauded the comedian’s style, saying, "(He’s) still an original, somehow deconstructive and conversational, snarky yet humane," but lamented the moments "when you feel you’re watching the mummified carcass of 1993 star in a beer commercial that never ends," while Exclaim! magazine said Macdonald "reminds us that a sincere conversation can be dynamic as hell."

jill.wilson@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @dedaumier

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Updated on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 7:00 AM CDT: Photo added.

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