TORONTO – Tributes, wishes and funny anecdotes have poured in for the late Canadian comic Norm MacDonald, who died of cancer on Tuesday at the age of 61.
Macdonald, a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor with his signature deadpan delivery, was a staple in the comedy TV world, appearing on The Drew Carey Show and newsradio.
He was also a former Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” anchor, a much-loved position that cemented his influence on the comedy scene.
The news of his death spread quickly on Twitter, with the comedy legend Steve Martin tweeted “We loved Norm McDonald. One of a kind.”
David Letterman called him “the best” in the world of stand-up in every significant way. on twitter, adding to McDonald’s famous “matter-of-fact delivery leveled” audiences.
Also famous Canadian comedian Jim Carrey tribute to macdonald “My dear friend Norm MacDonald passes away after 10 years of fighting bravery. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him,” he wrote on Twitter.
Adam Sandler called MacDonald “the most downright funny original man we knew”. in his twitter tribute.
American humorist and author Patton Oswalt wrote his tribute, saying “Goodbye, Norm. You were never 100% hilarious.”
Canadian actor Jay Baruchel called Macdonald an “honest hero” and a “limitless source of inspiration” since he was a teenager. on Twitter. “He was also the rarest creature ever: a truly original artist. The world’s loss is the Canadian paradise’s gain. We’ll never see his kind again,” read the rest of the tweet.
Seth Rogan Tweeted that as a “huge fan” At McDonald’s, he modeled his early career on the comedian delivery style, “We lost a comedy legend today. One of the all-time greats. Teardown.”
Film critic Richard Crouse called McDonald’s death “incredibly tragic” on Granthshala’s news channel on Tuesday, adding that it was the late comedian’s “ethos” that put comedy and everything else, including his death with cancer. Private competition was also included.
“He was a fearless comic,” Crouse continued.
It was a sentiment echoed on Granthshala’s news channel Tuesday by Yuk-Yuk co-founder Mark Breslin, who said McDonald stood apart “a lot of comics can’t be described by a respectable word.”
“He was intelligent, he compelled the audience to come to his level of comedy and with this gleam in his eyes, in his beautiful blue eyes, to tell you that everything was a joke, and a good one too, Breslin said about McDonald’s.
Breslin recalled that Macdonald’s first stand-up gig was at a yuk-yuk in Ottawa, and that he was so good “it only took three nights in an amateurish night before he was taken up … Norm a brilliant in every way.” It was comic, in shape and form.”
Welsh actor and comedian Rob Brydon called macdonald A “Fantastic Comedian” and “Unique” on his Twitter account. Conan O’Brien, The Iron Sheik, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Starger and Seth MacFarlane have also paid tribute to McDonald’s online.
Jon Stewart kept his tribute to McDonald brief and online, Tweet “No one can break you quite like Norm MacDonald. Hilarious and unique.”
Canadian politicians have also been fiercely targeted on social media.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole mourned by tweet To McDonald’s family and friends, “Canada is known for producing some of the greatest comedians of all time, and Norm McDonald is certainly a reason why … he will be remembered.”
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said “the world was a very funny place because Norm MacDonald was in it” in his condolences message on twitter, Saying that Canada has “lost a comedic talent.”
Ontario Premier Doug Ford wrote on twitter That he was “deeply saddened” about McDonald’s death, and that “his work brought joy to millions of people around the world.”