Comedy Legend Norm Macdonald Died At 61

SNL Icon Norm Macdonald Passed Away
We lost one more incredible soul in the entertainment industry.

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.

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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.”

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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.”

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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.

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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.

Reactions to Norm Macdonald Died At 61

Norm MacDonald was one of a kind, an absolute legend. #RIPNorm

@flapprdotnet

Stunning news about Norm Macdonald….Dirty Work will always be a comedy favorite of mine but the moth joke he told on Conan was epic RIP 🙏

@WUTangKids

Here is Norm Macdonald murdering Bob Saget on live television. rip Norm

@KevinCoolGuy

RIP Norm Macdonald. Not only influential as a comedian and to SNL... but voiced Norm the Genie in The Fairly Oddparents Only 61. Way too young. Rest easy sir...

@RiseFallNickBck

The great Norm Macdonald tells a funny story about Milwaukee #Brewers announcer Bob Uecker and John Fogerty on a classic episode of the Late Show with David Letterman! ~ RIP Norm...

@BSmile

Oh man, this is one I didn't expect. RIP Norm Macdonald. Such an instinctively memorable voice.

@JaydenLibran

Such a shock to hear we lost #NormMacdonald. I love him so much. 💔

@JenniferTilly

Norm MacDonald once said "bad comedians say things to make people clap, not laugh" and I think about it all the time

@MandelaFace

RIP Norm Macdonald On top of SNL he had some memorable animated rolls

@RebelTaxi

“I’m pretty sure, I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure if you die, the cancer dies at the same time. That’s not a loss. That’s a draw.” -Norm MacDonald (October 17, 1959 – September 14, 2021)

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