According to Granthshala News, comedian Norm McDonald has died after a personal battle with cancer. He was 61 years old.
The son of two school teachers, McDonald was raised in Quebec City, Canada. He was a writer for the stand-up comic and sitcom “Roseanne” when he was selected to join the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 1993. He was known for his esoteric impressions, including Burt Reynolds, who gave Will Ferrell. Alex Trebek character grief on “Celebrity Jeopardy”. He also impersonated Bob Dole, Larry King and David Letterman.
His deadpan style and skill as a writer gave him the option of hosting “Weekend Update”. OJ Simpson was a favorite target. McDonald started the week of fake news after the former football star was acquitted on murder charges by saying, “Okay, it’s finally official. Murder is legal in the state of California.
Macdonald was fired in mid-season in 1998 by NBC Entertainment executive Don Olmeier, a friend of Simpson’s, who reportedly did not appreciate the “SNL” star who made Simpson the almost constant butt of jokes. Had it.
“I was never bitter,” Macdonald said in the oral history “Live from New York,” released in 2002. “I always thought Olmeyer might fire me, because he was the guy who had the cameras, so he didn’t bother me. I was always happy that ‘SNL’ gave me a chance.”
He never reached the same television heights after he was fired from “SNL” in 1998, but was a tireless stand-up comic and popular talk show guest, whose death sparked an outcry from fellow comedians.
He had limited success in other TV ventures. He created and starred in the ABC sitcom “The Norm Show”, later shortened to “Norm”, a former NHL player kicked out of the league for gambling and tax evasion, and as a social worker. I was forced into community service.
A Comedy Central show, “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald”, lasted only a few episodes, but he continued to engage in comedy clubs.
“In my mind, I’m just a stand-up,” he told The New York Times in 2018. “But other people don’t think so. They think, ‘Oh, the guy from ‘SNL’ is doing the stands—until now.”
Netflix also aired 10 episodes of an interview series, “Norm McDonald Has a Show.” Guests included Letterman, Lorne Michaels, Jane Fonda and judge Judy Schindlin.
He also became a writer after publishing his first book, “Based on a True Story: Not a Memoir”.
McDonald was not without controversy.
In 2018, his comments about the #MeToo movement and fellow comedians Louis CK and Roseanne Barr led to “The Tonight Show” canceling his appearance and apologizing to the comedians who may have brought their own problems. The former “Saturday Night Live” cast member told The Hollywood Reporter that he was “glad that the #MeToo movement had slowed down a bit.” Macdonald said people used to get a second chance, but now “there’s no excuse.”
Macdonald mentioned Louis CK, who was accused of sexual misconduct, and Barr, who was fired from his show in May.
“There are very few people who have passed away, losing everything in one day. Of course, people will go, “What about the victims?” But you know what? The victims didn’t go through this,” Macdonald said. said.
Then in an interview with radio host Howard Stern, clarifying and apologizing for his remarks, Macdonald said, “For victims of sexual misconduct you have to have Down syndrome so you don’t feel sorry”.
He later tweeted and apologized, saying he would never defend Barr and CK’s actions.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.