After a private nine-year of battling cancer, the “Saturday Night Live” star Norm Macdonald has died at the age of 61. His passing was confirmed by his manager, Marc Gurvitz of Brillstein Entertainment to The Post.
His longtime producing partner, Lori Jo Hoekstra, shared to Deadline in an explanation how pleased he was of his “comedy” and uncovered how the “Weekend Update” anchor never wanted the diagnosis to “affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him.”
“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.”
Norm Macdonald starred on “Saturday Night Live” from 1993 to 1998 and is known for doing such impressions like Burt Reynold, David Letterman, Larry King, and many more during his five-year run on the show.
“I would love to stay at ‘SNL’ forever, but you can’t stay in the same place,” he disclosed to TV Guide in 1997. “People think you’re a loser.”
As indicated by the publication, he dispatched his Broadway vocation in the parody clubs of his local Canada, where he idealized his unique terse style, and proceeded to contend on the early unscripted television rivalry series “Star Search” in 1990.
He was likewise in the notorious authors’ space for individual stand-up Roseanne Barr’s hit sitcom “Roseanne” during the 1992-93 season prior to scoring his pined for gig on Lorne Michaels’ famous NBC sketch parody series.
In the wake of leaving “SNL” and being supplanted as “Weekend Update” anchor by Colin Quinn in 1998, Macdonald starred in his own sitcom, “The Norm Show.” He starred as social worker Norm Henderson, a previous NHL player who was prohibited from the game for life, on account of betting and tax avoidance. The show ran for three seasons from 1999 to 2001.
After appearances in films such as “Billy Madison” and “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” he facilitated a one-season syndicated program with the appropriately dry title “Norm Macdonald Has a Show” on Netflix in 2018.