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Who was Norm Macdonald? Comic pays homage to the death of a 61-year-old star

Compliments were given to Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald, who died of cancer at the age of 61 on Tuesday (September 14th).

A former Saturday Night Live star, who had been ill for almost a decade before his death, chose to keep his long fight against the illness private.

Norm Macdonald has become world-famous for his drool and sometimes controversial comedy brands during his more than 35-year career.

Who was Norm Macdonald?

Born and raised in Quebec City, Canada, comedian and actor Norm Macdonald made a name for himself in a stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s.

In 1990, he starred as a contestant in the US talent show Star Search, and later secured a gig as a writer for the 1992 single-series late-night talk show Dennis Miller Show.

Sarah Silverman, depicted here with Michael Sheen, was one of those who paid tribute to fellow comedian Norm Macdonald, who died of leukemia.

After writing for Miller, who stood in front of McDonald’s own Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” slot, McDonald’s joined the SNL cast in 1993.

His other writing credits included the blockbuster 90’s sitcom Roseanne, who wrote two episodes in 1992 and 1993.

What was Norm Macdonald famous for?

Norm Macdonald is probably best remembered for a five-year stint on Saturday Night Live. There, he gained fame by announcing the “Weekend Update” segment of the show.

During his time at the show, McDonald’s ridiculed many celebrities and other public figures, including Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson and OJ Simpson.

McDonald’s believed that his knuckle-like joke about Simpson was responsible for putting him in the bag from SNL in 1998.

In the voice of Lucky the Dog, McDonald's starred in Dr. Dolittle's movie with Eddie Murphy (pictured).
In the voice of Lucky the Dog, McDonald’s starred in Dr. Dolittle’s movie with Eddie Murphy (pictured).

He then co-produced and starred in The Norm Show, a sitcom broadcast on the US broadcaster ABC in three series between 1999 and 2001.

The comedian also worked on films, including announcing the role of Lucky The Dog in six Dr. Dolittle films. His 1998 film, Dirty Work, built the cult after an initially disappointing critical reception and box office record.

From 2013-17, McDonald’s hosted his own talk show-style podcast, Norm Macdonald Drive. In 2018, the podcast became a Netflix series titled Norm Macdonald Has a Show.

He was also an avid poker player, but he publicly admitted that he had suffered from a gambling addiction in the past.

Why did Norm Macdonald die?

Norm Macdonald died of acute leukemia at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was diagnosed with illness nine years ago.

His brother, Neil, explained that McDonald’s kept his condition secret except for his close friends and family.

Other cartoons led to compliments to McDonald’s, with Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler, Conan O’Brien, Sarah Silverman, and Patton Oswalt paying homage.

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Who was Norm Macdonald? Comic pays homage to the death of a 61-year-old star

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