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.
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.”
Fellow comedians Jon Stewart, Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogen and more paid tribute to Macdonald on Tuesday.
Senator Bob Dole also paid tribute, tweeting a picture of him and Macdonald in character as Dole.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.