'It's a funny name': Norm Macdonald's 'Turd Ferguson' and Aaron Rodgers had lots of laughs
Comedian Norm Macdonald's classic "Saturday Night Live" skit that gave the world "Turd Ferguson" has been the joke that keeps on giving, especially for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Macdonald, who died Tuesday at age 61 after a private battle with cancer, portrayed movie star Burt Reynolds in the 1999 spoof of "Celebrity Jeopardy!" Much to the exasperation of Will Ferrell as host Alex Trebek, instead of writing down his own name on the podium screen, he scrawled "Turd Ferguson."
"That's right. Turd Ferguson. It's a funny name," Macdonald said as the gum-chewing, mustachioed Reynolds (the giant cowboy hat comes later).
Such a funny name that during his 10-show guest hosting stint on the real “Jeopardy!” in April, Rodgers proudly slid in a Turd Ferguson reference when chatting up contestant Brandon Deutsch.
"It says here when you were 4 months old Burt Reynolds — or was it Turd Ferguson — was holding you at some point?" Rodgers asked.
Not bad comedic chops for a guy on just his second night behind the podium of a revered game show. Rodgers got a lot of mileage from it, including a Twitter response from Macdonald himself — an appropriately deadpan "hahaha."
It wasn’t the first time Rodgers gave a shout-out to that character while on the “Jeopardy!” set.
In 2015, when he appeared on the real "Celebrity Jeopardy!" as a contestant, he wrote down "Who Is Turd Ferguson" for Final Jeopardy! during rehearsals.
When Rodgers won that show, he tweeted after it aired: “Had a blast on @Jeopardy checking off another bucket list item. Should have said turd ferguson on final jeopardy though."
It’s a joke that never got old for Rodgers. In May, while making his annual trip to the Kentucky Derby with his entourage, he wore a nametag that read, you guessed it, Turd Ferguson. Once again, Rodgers found his name and that name in the same headlines.
Mr. Ferguson aside, Rodgers is a fan of Macdonald in general. In an interview with The Ringer last month, he said he likes quirky comedy, including Macdonald and “Documentary Now!,” as well as the Netflix series “After Life” from Ricky Gervais and HBO crime drama “Mare of Easttown” starring Kate Winslet.
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