Norm Macdonald, comedian and ‘SNL’ alum, dies at 61

He was 61.

Macdonald had actually been fighting cancer for numerous years however kept his medical diagnosis personal, his pal and producing partner, Lori Jo Hoekstra, informed CNN in a declaration.

“He was most proud of his comedy. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him,” Hoekstra stated. “Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”

Born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, he began in home entertainment as a standup comic who worked the Ottawa club circuit prior to branching off to clubs throughout Canada.

He rapidly ended up being understood for his deadpan and sardonic shipment and in 1987 was provided the chance to carry out at the “Just For Laughs” Funny Celebration in Los Angeles.

That initially taste of LA made an impression and Macdonald relocated to the city, intent on burglarizing Hollywood. He discovered work composing for the comedy “Roseanne” in 1992.

He signed up with the cast of “Saturday Night Live” the list below year, where he ended up being understood for his impressions of David Letterman, Larry King, Burt Reynolds, Quentin Tarantino and others.

However it was as the anchor of the news satire sector “Weekend Update” where Macdonald struck his stride.

He held the position from 1994 to 1998.

Macdonald was rather quickly and unceremoniously dropped from “Weekend Update,” a choice made by then-NBC West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer. Although it was reported that the executive just didn’t like Macdonald because function, there were reports that it needed to do jokes that Macdonald had actually outlined O.J. Simpson, who was among Ohlmeyer’s long time good friends.

In a 1998 interview on David Letterman’s show, Macdonald said Ohlmeyer told him, “You’re not funny,” adding, “He also thinks that O.J. is innocent.” Years later, Macdonald told the New York Times he thought the “experimental” nature of his material, not the Simpson connection, was why Ohlmeyer soured on him.

Macdonald went on to star in his own comedy series, “The Norm Show,” which ran from 1999-2001.

He also appeared in films like “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Dr. Dolittle 2” and “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.”

His stint hosting a 2018 Netflix talk show titled “Norm Macdonald Has a Show” was overshadowed by comments he made defending his friends Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr, both of whom had actually been mired in controversy, during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Macdonald later on apologized.

Fellow comedians Jon Stewart, Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogen and more paid tribute to Macdonald on Tuesday.

“Oh my God. We lost a legend,” Jim Gaffigan tweeted. “Norm was punishingly funny. A unique special point of view and completely organic. RIPNormMacDonald. “
“I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald,” Conan O’Brien tweeted. “Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I’m so sad for all of us today.”

Senator Bob Dole also paid tribute, tweeting a picture of him and Macdonald in character as Dole.

“Norm @normmacdonald was a great talent, and I loved laughing with him on SNL. *Bob Dole* will miss Norm Macdonald,” Dole tweeted.
Macdonald was listed among the comics scheduled to perform during the upcoming New York City Funny Celebration in November.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.