Comedian Norm MacDonald Is Dead At 61: Learn The Exclusive Details Here!
Norman MacDonald, a writer, comedian, and actor, is no longer with us. A former cast member of Saturday Night Live, Norman reportedly passed away from cancer in Los Angeles on September 14, 2021: he was aged 61. The comedian's death was first reported to Deadline by his management firm, Brillstein Entertainment. MacDonald, who is best regarded for his deadpan style, was diagnosed with leukemia nine years ago.
"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. Norm was a pure comic," said Lori Jo Hoekstra, MacDonald's long-time producing partner. Lori further adds, "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 was diagnosed with leukemia 9 years ago. Photo Source: BBC
Norman MacDonald was born on October 17, 1959, in Los Angeles, California; he first started his career at stand-up clubs in Ottawa. He landed his first major writing gig on The Dennis Miller Show. MacDonald later wrote for the sitcom Roseanne for a year before getting hired at NBC's Saturday Night Live.
MacDonald remained an admired cast member of SNL from 1993-98. After leaving the variety show, Norm would star in his own comedy series, The Norm Show. His other credit includes one season talker named Norm McDonald Has a Show for Netflix, a video podcast named Norm McDonald Live. Macdonald's survivors include his mother, a son, and two brothers.
In his nearly four-decades-long career in showbiz, Norm also made it as an actor. Some of his acting credits are Dirty Work,A Minute With Stan Hooper, a sitcom where he played the title character, My Name is Earl, Real Rob, and more. Several big stars and hundreds of fans are paying tributes to the late comedian.
Canada's prime minister remembers Norm as a comedic genius and great Canadian. Photo Source: The Daily Beast
"One of a kind, I was a huge fan of his delivery when I first started acting," wrote Seth Rogen on Twitter. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau also outpoured his grief. "The world was a much funnier place because Norm MacDonald was in it. We've lost a comedic genius and a great Candian," wrote Canada's PM. Steve Martin, David Letterman, Nish Kumar, and Patton Oswalt also took to their Twitter handle to pay homage to Norm.
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