I said [to my manager], ‘I heard that guy Dennis Miller’s getting a talk-show, you know? Maybe I could do some jokes for him. I’ve seen him talk on TV.’ I would always have to tell him what I heard about show business from watching The Dick Van Dyke Show years ago. I go, ‘he’ll probably need writers’. So they look into it, and you have to send in jokes. Like, a big packet of jokes. So, it’s about the news, you know? I never read the newspaper or anything, so I go to this Denny’s and I start reading the newspaper trying to think up jokes—nothing. Every story’s real serious. And I’m deep into it and getting sleepy. So, I wrote like ten jokes, and nine of them really sucked. There was one alright one. I didn’t know what to do. I found my manager and said maybe I’ll just send one. So I sent one and then I got the job.
|—||Norm Macdonald, on how Dennis Miller gave him his first job in TV based off of one joke|