Total Request Live
MARCH 24, 1999 (MTV)
Choose A Bar Carefully
DAVE HOLMES: You've always struck me as like, a troublemaker. A little bit of a hellraiser. You look like somebody who knows how to have a good time in the city. I've been here a few years. What's it like, what do you do, where are your places that you gotta go to?
NORM: I go to the bars in New York that have numbers, not even names, you know? [Laughs.]
NORM: So you know, you just find it by the cross-streets, like 4B or something?
DAVE: Yeah, 7A?
NORM: Yeah, that way you can, you know how to get there and then, you know how to get home.
DAVE: There you go! Cool, I'm writing that down.
Orgy Is Better Than...
DAVE: Now, have you heard of a band called Orgy, Norm?
NORM: Orgy is a great band.
DAVE: Orgy is a great band and luckily for us...
NORM: You know what the worst band is?
NORM: ..than Orgy is uh, just, uh, that band..two people having regular sex (laughter)
DAVE: They suck.
NORM: They suck.
DAVE: Orgy's cool, they're at number 6 today, let's check 'em out
DAVE: Blue Monday...
NORM: It's an outrage...(song begins)
A New Kid On The Block
DAVE: Uh, entering the top five for the first time is Jordan Knight, you remember him as one of The New Kids on the Block, don't you?
NORM: Uh, yeah, I sure--slightly remember him. He was the guy that was in "Boogie Nights", right?
DAVE: Uh, no that was Mark Whalburg who was the brother of Donnie ..well I know too much about The New Kids on the Block, I'm sorry...
NORM: Oh yeah, Mark Whalburg was great. This kid Jordan Knight..
DAVE: Yeah...you can check him out right here--
NORM: Yeah, he stinks...(laughter)
DAVE: No, they love him, here he is at number five with "Give It To You"
The Actor's Studio
DAVE: We got somebody outside who wants to ask you a question Norm.
NORM: Oh excellent. I like people who...
DAVE: Let's check in with him right now, hey what's your name?
CHRIS: Chris Rainer, from Silver Spring, Maryland.
DAVE: Yes, And your question?
CHRIS: Yeah, um, this is Norm, I'm an actor myself and you're kind of like an inspiration for me and I was wondering if you had any advice for me.
NORM: Yeah, just from the look on you, I don't think you're gonna make it. [Laughter.]
DAVE: Ah, this is why they love this man.
CHRIS: Thanks man.
NORM: I'm just kidding you, I don't know, I'm not an actor myself, so I don't know. I like, suck. But you know what, maybe if you went to like an acting school and then took some lessons from the acting school.
DAVE: Uh huh, that's sound advice there Chris! Thank you for the question there.
CHRIS: All right, thanks a lot.
DAVE: All right, see ya. So you don't consider yourself an actor, your more like a...
NORM: I'm more like a memorizer. I memorize the words in order, and then I say them. [Laughter.] That's not easy, I'll tell you that.
DAVE: No, no, it's not.
NORM: Every script has like a couple, five hundred words. [Laughter.]
DAVE: Yeah. You don't have cards or anything?
NORM: No, at Saturday Night Live, it was great, because they just stick a giant cue card an inch from my face, and I just like, go like this: [reads fake cue card.]
DAVE: Kinda like this?
NORM: Yeah like you're doing!
Thank you Ripken and Al Tag for transcribing this appearance.