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Norm Macdonald: O.J. Simpson probably didn't do it

Norm Macdonald: O.J. Simpson probably didn't do it

On one of the final episodes of “The Late Show With David Letterman” two years ago, comedian Norm Macdonald, sporting a suit and sharp red tie, finished his standup set with a glowing tribute to the legendary host. “Mr. Letterman is not for the mawkish, and he has no truck for the sentimental,” Macdonald told the audience, raising his hand briefly to help maintain composure. “If something is true, it is not sentimental. And I say in truth: I love you.”

Then Macdonald cried. And Letterman hugged him.

It was a rare moment of graciousness from a comedian whose standup is often skewed, fatalistic and filled with outlandish exaggerations. Like Letterman, Macdonald has “no truck”...