tribute is being paid Norm Macdonald The comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member died on Tuesday. He was 61 years old.
McDonald’s manager Mark Gurwitz confirmed McDonald’s death after a long but unknown battle with cancer. McDonald’s comedy peers and fans took to social media to react to his unexpected death, remembering the comedian as a “legend” and “comedy legend”.
Conan O’Brien, who hosted Macdonald several times on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Conan”, said he was “absolutely devastated” by the news.
“Norm had the most unique comedic voice ever and he was so relentlessly and irresistibly funny,” O’Brien tweeted. “I will never laugh so loudly again. I am so sad for all of us today.”
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“Oh My God,” Jim Gaffigan tweeted. “We lost a legend.” Gaffigan called Macdonald “punishly funny” and “entirely organic” with “a unique special approach”.
Seth Rogen remembered McDonald as “one of the all-time greats” who inspired him.
“I was a big fan of Norm MacDonald and when I first started acting, I essentially broke his delivery,” Rogen tweeted. “I would especially look forward to seeing him on a talk show. He was the funniest guest ever. We lost a comedy legend today.”
Jim Carrey said that McDonald’s is “one of our most precious gems.”
“My dear friend Norm Macdonald passes away after 10 years of brave fighting,” Carreau tweeted. “An honest and daring comedy genius. I love him.”
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.
Jay Mohr, who appeared with Macdonald on “SNL” from 1993–1995, called the comedian’s death “a great loss”. He tweeted, “In a business full of rock and rollers, Norm Macdonald was playing jazz.”
From 1993–1994 “SNL” alum Sarah Silverman said that Macdonald was in “a comedy genre of his own”. He couple, “There’s no one like him on this planet. Please do yourself a favor and check out his stuff. He was kind of all-timer.”
Michael McCain’s time on “SNL” from 1994–1995 also overlapped with McDonald’s. she just wrote, “Love you, Norm.”
During his time in the sketch-comedy series, Macdonald was known for his impressions of Larry King, Burt Reynolds and Bob Dole.
Dole shared a photo Twitter Macdonald impersonates him. He added that the comedian “was a great talent, and I loved laughing with him on SNL.”
Seth MacFarlane – creator of the animated series “Family Guy” and “The Orville”, where Macdonald voiced Lieutenant Yafitt – said he was “going to miss” the comedian.
“For so many people in comedy, I included, no one was more fun than Norm MacDonald,” MacFarlane tweeted. “You always hoped he’d hang around after he was done, just so you could hear his stories and laugh. So hilarious and so generous with his personality.”
whitney cummings said Macdonald is “the pinnacle of bravery and originality.”
josh gado said She is “absolutely shocked” by McDonald’s death. “Not Norm… One of the most underrated and hilarious SNL cast. RIP.”
artie lang share A photo of herself and McDonald embracing: “I will miss you forever!”
Eugene Levy tweeted: “Today the world lost a very funny man. We miss him already. RIP Norm Macdonald.”
actor stephen amele said Macdonald was “my OG Weekend Update anchor and a Pantheon-level late night guest. So funny, witty, irreverent and understated. The comedy world just lost 1 in 1. RIP.”