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Comedian Norm Macdonald has died at 61, according to. The former Saturday Night Live ‘Weekend Update’ anchor secretly battled cancer for nine years. His longtime producing partner and friend, Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him when he died, says he wanted to keep the news private.
“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra says. “He 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.”
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Macdonald was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1993 to 1998, and was one of the most influential comedians to hold the coveted ‘Weekend Update’ anchor position. He was also known for his hilarious impressions, including, Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, David Letterman, and Larry King.
In addition to his stint on the late-night show, Macdonald appeared in numerous films, including Grown Ups, Dr. Dolittle, Jack and Jill, Billy Madison, Funny People, Screwed, and The Animal. He also appeared in various late-night talk shot spots including appearances on Late Night With Conan O 'Brien (and O 'Brien's various other late night shows), and Late Night with David Letterman. Macdonald also had his own talk show on Netflix back in 2018, which only lasted one season, called Norm Macdonald Has a Show.
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Across social media, various celebrities have been reacting to the news of Macdonald’s death, and some even shared their favorite performances from the impactful star.
Truly one of the funniest moments on TV. That was awesome, Norm ruled— Mr. Bob Odenkirk (@mrbobodenkirk)
I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald. Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I 'm so sad for all of us today.— Conan O 'Brien (@ConanOBrien)
Oh f***. I was a huge fan of Norm Macdonald and I essentially ripped off his delivery when I first started acting. I would stay up specifically to watch him on talk shows. He was the funniest guest of all time. We lost a comedy giant today. One of the the all time greats. RIP.
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Norm is the pinnacle of bravery and originality. ????— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings)
Such sad news. Condolences to his family. So funny for so many years.— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter)
Norm was in a comedy genre of his own. No one like him on this planet. Please do yourself a favor and watch his stuff. He was one of a kind of all time— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman)
We loved Norm MacDonald. One of a kind.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo)
NOOOOO GODDAMIT. Oh my God what is even happening.
Good bye, Norm. You were never not 100% hilarious.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt)
No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald. Hilarious and unique. f*** cancer.— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart)
Of the many addictive rabbit holes you can disappear down on the internet, the most pleasurable is 'Norm MacDonald chat show appearances'. Thanks for all the laughs Norm, very sorry to see you go.
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Let me pause my meaningless online arguments to say Norm was one of the greatest comedians to have ever lived. One of the best moments of my career was when he found something I did funny. Very few comics will ever possess that level of mastery. RIP.— Tim Dillon (@TimJDillon)
To so many people in comedy, me included, there was nobody funnier than Norm MacDonald. You always hoped he would hang around after the work was done, just so you could hear his stories and get a laugh. So hilarious and so generous with his personality. I’m gonna miss him.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane)
The confidence it takes to tell a joke like this on a talk show is something I’ll always marvel at. Norm Macdonald was fearlessly funny— Justin Long (@justinlong)
In such a divisive time even among comedians, we can all agree Norm MacDonald was the best. Rest In Peace.????— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong)
RIP Norm Macdonald. A sincere hero of mine and boundless source of inspiration since I was a teenager. He was also that rarest of beings: a truly original artist. The world's loss is Canadian heaven's gain. We will never see his like again.— Jay Baruchel ???????? (@BaruchelNDG)
This photo was taken after I was a guest on Norm's show. At dinner the laughs just continued nonstop. He will be missed. RIP Norm Macdonald
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I’ve got so many laughs in my life by just repeating Norm MacDonald jokes. One of the funniest to ever do it - RIP to a king— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz)
My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10 year battle. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey)
RIP Norm MacDonald. I saw him perform live when I was in college. It was one of the most memorable performances I've ever seen. A complete mastery of standup comedy performance and an unparalleled passion for the art of writing jokes. Never met him. Love to his friends & family.— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs)
RIP to the legend Norm MacDonald. That twinkle in his eye and cockeyed smirk when he knew he was going to say something that would crack himself up, I always knew would crack me up too.— Christopher Miller (@chrizmillr)
So sad. Rest In Peace to the legend— Ron Funches (@RonFunches)
One of the hardest times I’ve ever laughed was during the Bob Saget Roast as— Brian Posehn (@thebrianposehn) ate it on purpose, gleefully digging in on a bit that the live audience wasn’t buying. Meanwhile, the other comics and myself were in tears and in awe of one of the funniest humans ever.
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Oh my God. We lost a legend. Norm was punishingly funny. A unique special point of view and completely organic. RIPNormMacDonald— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan)
Every one of us loved Norm. Some of the hardest laughs of my life with this man. Most fearless funny original guy we knew. An incredible dad. A great friend. A legend. Love u pal.— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler)
Celebrities React to 'Comedy Genius' Norm MacDonald's Death .
"He was one of our most precious gems," Jim Carrey wrote. "I love him."“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra says. “He 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.