Norm Macdonald, the Canadian-born comic who grew to become an influential forged member of Saturday Night Live after he joined in 1993, has died. He was 61.
His brother Neil mentioned Macdonald died Tuesday in Los Angeles from leukemia, which he was recognized with “a very long time in the past.”
“He saved it quiet as a result of he did not need it to have an effect on his comedy. He did not need it to have an effect on the way in which he was perceived … He needed to hold on,” Neil mentioned by telephone from Los Angeles.
“He took nice pains to hide it from all people however household. Cancer’s a roller-coaster. We hoped that he would reside longer than he did, but it surely took a flip for the worst final month, and he went into hospital and by no means got here out.”
Macdonald was born in Quebec City on Oct. 17, 1959, the son of two schoolteachers, and spent his early years as a humorist touring throughout Canada.
He went on to write down for exhibits like Roseanne and The Dennis Miller Show within the early ’90s, earlier than happening to host SNL’s iconic “Weekend Update” phase from 1994 to 1997.
After leaving SNL, he created and starred within the comedy The Norm Show for ABC, enjoying a former NHL participant kicked out of the league for playing and tax evasion and compelled into neighborhood service as a social employee.
“Norm was high rank, high rank of our era,” mentioned Mark Breslin, co-founder of the Yuk Yuk’s chain of comedy golf equipment.
“He was at all times looking for the joke that was not the straightforward means of telling the joke, however the tougher means of telling the joke.”
Macdonald was identified for his laconic, deadpan voice and for his impressions — together with his tackle Burt Reynolds, who famously gave Will Ferrell’s Alex Trebek character grief on SNL‘s recurring “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch. He additionally impersonated Bob Dole, Larry King and David Letterman.
He was the final humorist to seem on The Late Show with David Letterman, the place he had been a frequent visitor. At the tip of that efficiency, Macdonald grew to become overwhelmed with emotion, and teared up as he reminisced with Letterman.
“I do know that Mr. Letterman just isn’t for the mawkish, and he has no truck for the sentimental,” Macdonald mentioned on the present. “But if one thing is true it’s not sentimental. And I say in reality, I really like you.”
The two embraced because the present completed.
Fellow performers and followers took to Twitter on Tuesday to share messages of condolence and grief.
“Norm had probably the most distinctive comedic voice I’ve ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly humorous. I’ll by no means giggle that arduous once more. I’m so unhappy for all of us right now,” mentioned Conan O’Brien.
“Of all of the comedic minds I’ve encountered in actual life, Norm Macdonald was simply probably the most distinctive,” wrote Brent Butt.
“Today the world misplaced a really, very humorous man. We miss him already,” added Eugene Levy.
I’m completely devastated about Norm Macdonald. Norm had probably the most distinctive comedic voice I’ve ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly humorous. I’ll by no means giggle that arduous once more. I’m so unhappy for all of us right now.
“Norm <a href=”https://twitter.com/normmacdonald?ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>@normmacdonald</a> was a terrific expertise, and I cherished laughing with him on SNL. *Bob Dole* will miss Norm Macdonald.” <a href=”https://t.co/gPsdyJ5tS9″>pic.twitter.com/gPsdyJ5tS9</a>
Can’t consider Norm MacDonald is dead. First met him within the mid 80s. I assumed he was means too humorous to achieve success. I used to be half proper. My deep sympathy to his household, shut pals and his followers. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ripNorm?src=hash&ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>#ripNorm</a>
To so many individuals in comedy, me included, there was no one funnier than Norm MacDonald. You at all times hoped he would hold round after the work was completed, simply so you may hear his tales and get fun. So hilarious and so beneficiant together with his character. I’m gonna miss him.
My pricey good friend Norm MacDonald handed after a courageous 10 12 months battle. He was considered one of our most valuable gems. An sincere and brave comedy genius. I really like him.
Seth Rogen mentioned he “primarily ripped off [Macdonald’s] supply” when he first started performing.
“We misplaced a comedy large right now,” Rogen wrote.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau referred to as him a “comedic genius,” and mentioned “the world was a a lot funnier place as a result of Norm Macdonald was in it.”
Despite having most cancers, Macdonald continued to work as a comic and was scheduled to seem at the New York Comedy competition this November.
He hosted his personal podcast, Norm Macdonald Live, from 2013 to 2018, and his personal Netflix sequence — Norm Macdonald has a Show — in 2018. He additionally lent his voice to the animated sequence Mike Tyson Mysteries till its finale final 12 months.