I heard Chevy Chase say on Howard Stern the only reason he did the movie was because of 1 brilliant joke in the script, and then they edited it out of the film LOL Norm definitely should have been bigger. He was ahead of his time and didn't do anything to try to cater to the masses.He never really made it as big as he should have because his audience was his fellow comics. They all knew he was a genius. The average person never really quite grasped him or his style but he played to his peers and the people he respected.
Still upset that the studio butchered dirty work, his big movie. The original was apparently clearly a rated R movie but they edited the fuck out of it after it was shot, with no reshoots, so it could be more family friendly. Still an awesome movie but I would love to see the uncut version.