Norm Macdonald, acerbic comedian known for hosting Weekend Update on SNL for a few years before getting canned, passed away today at age 61 after losing his fight to cancer.
Did you know he had that? Not me, no idea he was having that issue. This hit me like a ton of bricks. Norm was known to hit people where they lived and made great points while being hilarious doing it.
Macdonald’s death was announced to Deadline by his management firm Brillstein Entertainment. The comedian’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him when he died, said Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade but was determined to keep his health struggles private, away from family, friends and fans.
“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra said. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”
Yes he will. RIP Norm Macdonald.
Early in his career, he wrote for the sitcom Roseanne and made guest appearances on shows such as The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio. Macdonald was then a cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL) for five years, including anchoring the Weekend Update segment for three seasons. After leaving SNL, he starred in the 1998 film Dirty Work and in his own sitcom, The Norm Show, from 1999 to 2001.
In 2013, Macdonald started a video podcast, Norm Macdonald Live, on which he interviewed comedians and other celebrities. In 2018, he released Norm Macdonald Has a Show, a Netflix talk show with a similar premise to his podcast. Throughout his career, Macdonald appeared in numerous movies and was a guest on talk shows such as Conan, Late Night with David Letterman, and The Howard Stern Show. He also worked as a voice actor, notably on the animated show Mike Tyson Mysteries.
Here’s few clips of his awesomeness:
Here’s pretty much why Norm got fired. It was worth it.
He was way funnier than those who were more successful.
Here’s a recent clip:
He wasn’t always a giant blob on The Orville:
What’s your memories of Norm Macdonald?