Sport Norm Macdonald, who died on Tuesday, was a huge golf fan and avid follower of Tiger Woods
Norm Macdonald, former 'Saturday Night Live' comic, dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Norm Macdonald, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer who was “Weekend Update” host when Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson provided comic fodder during the 1990s, has died. Macdonald, who was 61, died Tuesday after having cancer for nine years, but keeping it private, according to Brillstein Entertainment Partners, his management firm in Los Angeles. He never reached the same television heights after being fired from “SNL” in 1998, but was an indefatigable stand-up comic and popular talk show guest whose death provoked an outpouring from fellow comedians.“Norm was in a comedy genre of his own,” tweeted Sarah Silverman.
Norm Macdonald, a “Saturday Night Live” legend who also was a passionate fan of the game of golf, died on Tuesday,. He was 61 years old.
Macdonald followed the sport with unmatched passion., where he’d interview a fellow celebrity or athlete over 18 holes – an actual interview where he could really pick someone’s brain, get at something meaningful. Figure out what makes them tick.
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Norm Macdonald died on Tuesday after privately battling cancer for nine years RELATED: Celebrities Who've Died in 2021 PEOPLE confirmed Macdonald died on Tuesday. He had been privately . Macdonald was best known for appearing on Saturday Night Live from 1993 to 1998. During that time, he anchored the NBC sketch comedy's Weekend Update segment. Seth Rogen, Jim Carrey, Meghan McCain and Steve Martin are among the growing list of stars who have paid tribute to Macdonald across social media.
“I’d always go to the cheapest network,” Macdonald told Golfweek in 2018. “I go for one where they asked who I’d be interviewing for 18 holes and I said Bob Uecker. Everybody was laughing. It was called the Nashville Network, and they all laughed. And one guy goes, ‘We were thinking about it last night and we’d have girls in bikinis at every hole. And the first guy you interview is (former pro wrestler) Bill Goldberg, and he body slams you.’ ”
While Macdonald never got the 18 holes thing to fly, he was a massive Tiger Woods fan and often went to watch at major championships, though never the FedEx Cup Playoffs because he said he didn’t believe in the concept.
“I love Tiger so much and predicted he’d come back. I never lost faith in Tiger,” Macdonald said. “I rank it as the best comeback in sports history. One reason is because he’s made like three comebacks, that’s why I had so much faith in him. I’ve seen him make comebacks before, I’ve seen him change his game. I didn’t think this is how he was going to do it.
Seth Meyers Delivers Touching ‘Late Night’ Tribute to Norm Macdonald: “He Will Continue to Be the Gold Standard”
Seth Meyers spoke to the work and legacy of comedian Norm Macdonald during Tuesday night’s Late Night episode, which taped just hours after news broke that the former Saturday Night Live cast member had died of cancer at 61. “Really tragic news that we found out just a couple of hours before we started taping,” Meyers began his tribute segment. “I do not think that Norm would want to hear anything sentimental but I would like to say a few of my favorite things that I heard Norm say that I was lucky enough to hear Norm say over the years.
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Golf matters because it is Man vs, Nature, Man vs. Man, and Man vs. Man's self. Comedy mostly is a byproduct of groupthink. The greatest creative acts you will ever witness are by Tiger Woods on a golf course.— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald)
“I was surprised he could hit it so long. I thought he was going to play like an old guy. On the par 5s, try to get on in three and close to the pin. That surprised me that he’s crushing the ball. That made me so happy.”
Lori Jo Hoekstra, Macdonald’s friend and producing partner, told Deadline she was with him at the time of his death and that the comedian had been fighting cancer for nine years,
“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra told Deadline. “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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Jim Carrey is honoring Norm Macdonald, who died on Tuesday after privately battling cancer for nine years RELATED: Norm Macdonald Dead at 61: David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and More Stars Pay Tribute to SNL Alum Carrey has continued to honor Macdonald after learning of his death earlier this week. PEOPLE confirmed that Macdonald died Tuesday after privately . He was 61. Following the news, Carrey tweeted: "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.
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