Norm Macdonald often found himself in supporting roles, which tended to work best for his comedic sensibilities. But he proved he had what it took to lead his own project with 1998’s “Dirty Work.” Norm plays Mitch in the film, who, along with his best friend Sam (Artie Lange), realize the only thing the two are good at is enacting revenge on others. They start up their own company called “Dirty Work,” where they’ll mess with whoever you want … for a fee, of course.
“Dirty Work” wasn’t exactly well-received when it first came out, but over the years, it’s developed a cult following of sorts and is very much worth your time if you’re a fan of Macdonald’s brand of humor. In fact, Nathan Rabin wrote a piece about the movie for The A.V. Club in 2009, where he described the movie as “the ironic dumb comedy, the slyly postmodern lowbrow gag-fest that so lustily, nakedly embraces and exposes the machinations and conventions of stupid laffers that it becomes a sort of sublime bit of meta-comedy.”
The comedy’s available to watch on HBO Max, so don’t let it pass you by. And as an honorable mention for the greatest Norm Macdonald roles of all time, make sure to check out his classic moth joke he did on “Conan.”