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Norm Macdonald

What Happened to the Guy

Who Beat Me on Star Search?

3/22/2012 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Back in 1990, an aspiring comic named Norm Macdonald appeared on "Star Search" ... and LOST to a Liberian comic named "The Bushman" ... who sorta fell off the radar ... until last night!

Here's the story -- one of our photogs called up an L.A. cleaning service to work on his apartment (lazy bastard) ... but he kinda sorta recognized the guy who showed up to carry out the job.

Turns out ... the guy doing the cleaning is The Bushman -- real name Lahai Fahnbulleh ... and cleaning is now his part-time job.

Bushman told us he still does comedy ... along with his cleaning biz ... and he also takes nanny jobs.

And while Bushman still hopes he can eventually perform with Macdonald again ... dude tells us he's 100% focused on his new career ... "I'm waiting to come and clean again ... that's my job."

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23 COMMENTS

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haskel420    

i give this post 2 and a quarter stars

913 days ago
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Frankthepotatoman    

He can always work in the potato fields with me our busy season is coming up.

913 days ago
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Ben    

Even if this assinine story is true, it is completely irrelevant. Your photog didn't recognize someone he saw on TV 22 years ago, you're clearly doing someone a favor at the expense of your readers.

913 days ago
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JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

I HAVE more respect for that man than half the people in Homowood banking millions doing jack squat but leading the youth of this collapsing nation on a ride to hellandback, at least he's working for a living.

913 days ago
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Jay W.     

Hard to believe 1990 is 22 years ago.

Is the world spinning faster ?

913 days ago
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Joe    

BS. No way he'd recognize the man after 20+ years. Who gave you a BJ in order to promote the guy?

913 days ago
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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Norm Macdonald is not funny. Never was.

913 days ago
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cindy    

Good for him. At least he didn't turn to drugs because his comedy career didn't work out. Hats off to Bushman.

913 days ago
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Superman    

Wow, Star Search had more respectable judges than American Idol ever had.

913 days ago
10.

Jack    

Got a free housecleaning in exchange for a little publicity?

913 days ago
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Truth    

THAT'S SAD... DUDE IS A TOTAL CRACKHEAD THESE DAYS. THAT MUST BE HIS OTHER PART-TIME JOB. #TRUTH!!

913 days ago
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Throwback kid    

Forget the Bushman, what happened to Norm Mcdonalds career?

913 days ago
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Hernad    

This might not be a groundbreaking story, but it falls under human interest. Tiger Woods can't have an affair every news day and Charlie Sheen won't get busted for crack this week, file this one under dream deferred in the thirty mile zone.

913 days ago
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scarsdalemom    

One of those judges (Heinz) was a client on "Millionaire Matchmaker" a few years ago.

913 days ago
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wrx7182    

Norm is awesome!

913 days ago
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