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Lorne Michaels is opening up about the impact that Norm Macdonald made not only as a trusted friend — but as a staple between the worlds of comedy and TV.

“I think he meant the world to the people out there,” the “Saturday Night Live” showrunner told reporters in a virtual pressroom on Sunday after consolidating his Emmy win for Outstanding Sketch Series.

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“I can only tell you from the number of people I’ve heard from, how many people have gone and talked about Norm, we all had, you know — when you worked with someone for so many years. and they make you laugh and you know who they are as a person and as a friend, I think Norm was one of the funniest people I’ve ever known,” Michaels quipped The pick continued, “And because he’s Canadian, I put him right there in the top five.”

Norm McDonald remembered by the world of comedy: ‘He was in his full league’

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MacDonald, who died Tuesday at the age of 61 after a personal battle with cancer, has enjoyed an illustrious career in showbiz, which included a five-year run on “SNL” and starred in films such as “Billy.” Including his experience in other TV and film roles. Madison” and more recently in television shows such as “The Orville”.

Michaels said the standup comedian was the walking embodiment of a man with the utmost respect for his craft and the time of others.

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“It was kind of like – when he was on the show, I always wondered how long he could take to tell a joke and how long he could hold back before telling another joke and he let go – he would ever Didn’t even wander off, do you know what I mean?”‘ Michaels said of MacDonald’s enduring legacy.

Norm Macdonald appears during a 'Weekend Update' skit on 'SNL' on April 12, 1997.

“He never – he was always going to do it the way he wanted to do it,” he continued. “And if you waited, you were really glad you did. So I might call it honesty. But honesty is mentioned maybe 50 times tonight, but there was honesty in them.”

After his popular run on “SNL”, MacDonald had a sitcom called “Norm” which ran from 1999–2001.

During a memorable episode, Macdonald starts a new job and is introduced to his co-workers. Moments later, he tells a coworker to watch out for one of his clients as he heads out to lunch, apparently turning the clock on the wall to leave the office much later in the day. gives.

Granthshala News’ Nate Day contributed to this report.