‘SNL’ veteran and comedian Norm Macdonald dies of cancer at 61

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comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Norm Macdonald He died on Tuesday after a personal battle with cancer, his manager Mark Gurwitz confirmed to USA Today. He was 61 years old.

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Lori Jo Hoekstra, McDonald’s Friend and producer partner told time limit She was with him at the time of his death and the comedian had been battling cancer for nine years, but did not want to share his health struggles with the public.

“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra told Deadline. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was pure humour. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch one by surprise, it never strays’ needed.’ He certainly never strayed. Norm will be greatly missed.”


Macdonald is best known as a cast member on “SNL” from 1993–98, and most notably his role as the anchor of the show’s popular “Weekend Update” segment for three seasons. He also starred in several sitcoms and did voiceover work in animation.

“She’s eccentric, but she always has her own voice, and I respect her,” “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels said in 2018. “He likes the part of the quirk, but he’s really funny.”

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McDonald was born on October 17, 1959, in Quebec City, Canada, and began doing stand-up comedy. He was a writer on ABC’s “Roseanne” from 1992–93 before landing a spot on “SNL”.

During his time in the sketch-comedy series, Macdonald was known for his impressions of Larry King, Burt Reynolds and Bob Dole. His take on the mustache Reynolds popularized “Celebrity Jawpardy!” was an indelible part of The sketch, which also featured Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, and he reprized that role at the 40th anniversary celebration of “SNL” in 2015.

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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.

Norm McDonald, pictured in an appearance in San Diego in 2017.

Following his stint at the sketch-comedy Institute, Macdonald wrote and appeared in the film “Dirty Work” (1998), and voiced Lucky the Dog in Eddie Murphy’s version of “Doctor Dolittle” (1998). His sitcom “The Norm Show” aired on ABC from 1999–2001, co-starring Laurie Metcalf.

Over the past two decades, Macdonald made several appearances on late-night shows such as “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Conan” and had recurring roles in TV series including ABC’s “The Middle” and Fox’s “The Orville”. One of his last projects was Netflix’s “Norm McDonald Has a Show,” a pared-down talk show that debuted in 2018, in which the comedian casts an extensive, half-hour cast of celebrity guests including Jane Fonda, Drew Barrymore and Letterman. interviewed for the conversation.

MacDonald told USA Today in 2018, “Whenever I did those sitcoms, I was like, ‘Let me just be a side character or not in it at all. Let me write it for someone.’ (Netflix) The show is good because it’s as close to stand-up as you can get, just talking to someone without a script, which I’m good at. Is good? I am the best at it. ”

The comedian was not without his share Controversy. He faced backlash for comments defending outraged comedians Roseanne Barr and Louis CK in the wake of the #MeToo movement, and appeared on “The View” in September 2018 to apologize for a joke. down syndrome. “It’s always bad when you have to apologize for an apology,” he said.

Contributions: Patrick Ryan, Gary Levine

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