Norm MacDonald Isn't As Bad As We Thought - He's Worse
A few weeks ago, it was announced that Norm MacDonald was going to be the new host of High Stakes Poker. Back then, I said I thought this would be a bad move. While I believed what I wrote, I never expected the performance I listened to last night.
Norm MacDonald has to be, by far, the absolute worst commentator in the history of televised poker. He was dry, witless, and his poker knowledge seemed lacking. In fact, I almost wonder if he was fed some of his lines. There were times that he really sounded like he had absolutely no clue about what was going on.
The show was brutal to listen to. The lineup didn't exactly scream dynamic television either, but if Gabe was in there, he would have livened it up a bit. There is a reason why most poker shows have at least one person that is a poker player. Even ESPN has Norman Chad.
While Chad may not be the best poker player, he has a clue. In addition, Lon is a fantastic broadcaster. If you are going to have a non-poker personality in the booth, at least make sure he or she is a good play-by-play man or woman. I would much rather have Kara Scott in there commentating over Macdonald.
I think the only reason that I will have to watch the show this season is to critique just how bad MacDonald is doing at the mic. Otherwise, I have no reason to watch.