‘SNL’ pays tribute to late former cast member Norm Macdonald: ‘A bittersweet night’

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saturday night live“Tribute to the Late” Norm Macdonald Showing footage of his stint hosting “Weekend Update” during its season premiere.

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“Okay guys, tonight is a sweet night for us,” Colin Jost said. Michael Che reminded the audience that MacDonald died on September 14.

“Tonight, we thought we’d turn the last few jokes of ‘Update’ into Norm,” Jost said.

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“This week at the White House, President Clinton officially came out against gay marriage,” Macdonald said in the footage. “What’s more, the president said he’s not even crazy about opposite-sex marriages.”

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Comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Norm McDonald died last month after a private battle with cancer, his manager Mark Gurwitz confirmed to USA Today. He was 61 years old.

Macdonald is best known as a cast member on “SNL” from 1993 to 1998, and most notably his role as the anchor of the show’s popular “Weekend Update” segment for three seasons. His trademark dry, sarcastic humor and hoarse voice were also featured in several sitcoms and animated series.

Macdonald was famously removed from the “Weekend Update” desk on “SNL” in 1998 by then-NBC chief Don Olmeyer, and the comedian publicly stated that he believed it was because Ohmyer was Didn’t like Macdonald’s jokes about OJ Simpson, who was a friend. Olmeyer K. Macdonald later dropped “SNL” altogether.

This is a very sad thing:‘SNL’ veteran and comedian Norm McDonald dies of cancer at age 61

NS”saturday night liveThe season premiere saw new cast member James Austin Johnson begin the show with a desperate President Joe Biden addressing the nation about their infrastructure legislation. The late-night series featured “The View” and its recent Also betrayed the on-air COVID scare.

Owen Wilson hosted the episode with musical guest Casey Musgraves. next week, Kim Kardashian The musical hosts with guest Halsey, followed by Rami Malek and Young Thug, and Jason Sudeikis and Brandi Carlisle the following week.

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Contributions: Kelly Lawler, Patrick Ryan and Gary Levine

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