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Tue Sep 14, 2021, 02:41 PM

Norm Macdonald Dies: Influential Comedian & Former 'SNL' Weekend Update Anchor Was 61

Source: Deadline

Norm Macdonald, whose laconic delivery of sharp and incisive observations made him one of Saturday Night Live‘s most influential and beloved cast members, died today after a nine-year private battle with cancer. He was 61.

Macdonald’s death was announced to Deadline by his management firm Brillstein Entertainment. The comedian’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him when died, said Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade but was determined to keep his health struggles private, away from family, friends and fans.

“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra said. “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.”

Read more: https://deadline.com/2021/09/norm-macdonald-dead-obituary-comedian-saturday-night-live-weekend-update-anchor-was-61-1234833212/

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Reply Norm Macdonald Dies: Influential Comedian & Former 'SNL' Weekend Update Anchor Was 61 (Original post)
TheProle Sep 14 OP
Carlitos Brigante Sep 14 #1
hlthe2b Sep 14 #5
alphafemale Sep 14 #20
LisaM Sep 14 #2
JohnnyRingo Sep 14 #3
BlueTsunami2018 Sep 14 #4
blm Sep 14 #6
bullwinkle428 Sep 14 #14
yonder Sep 14 #19
smirkymonkey Sep 14 #24
twodogsbarking Sep 14 #7
luvtheGWN Sep 14 #11
luvtheGWN Sep 14 #12
twodogsbarking Sep 14 #16
underpants Sep 14 #8
Initech Sep 14 #9
MenloParque Sep 14 #10
Roy Rolling Sep 14 #13
SarcasticSatyr Sep 14 #15
Buckeye_Democrat Sep 14 #17
Missn-Hitch Sep 14 #33
DownriverDem Sep 14 #18
captain queeg Sep 14 #21
LudwigPastorius Sep 14 #22
FailureToCommunicate Sep 14 #38
IrishAfricanAmerican Sep 14 #23
SergeStorms Sep 14 #25
Bristlecone Sep 14 #26
PSPS Sep 14 #27
Tommymac Sep 14 #28
Jon King Sep 14 #29
Fritz67 Sep 14 #30
Mosby Sep 14 #31
The Unmitigated Gall Sep 14 #32
Buckeye_Democrat Sep 14 #34
Unknown Beatle Sep 14 #35
Blue Owl Sep 14 #36
Dr. Strange Sep 14 #37
MustLoveBeagles Sep 14 #39
Skittles Sep 14 #40
Wingus Dingus Sep 14 #41
oasis Sep 15 #42
eppur_se_muova Sep 15 #43
twodogsbarking Sep 15 #44
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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 02:42 PM

1. Holy shit! I had no idea he was sick. nt

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Response to Carlitos Brigante (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 02:45 PM

5. It sure did (for me, at least). I had no idea he'd been fighting cancer.



Funny guy and one I enjoyed a great deal.

I absolutely LOVED his Burt Reynolds impression. He was great!

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Response to Carlitos Brigante (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:02 PM

20. the article suggests barely anyone does

Quite a thing to go through that long without much support.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 02:44 PM

2. Ah, he could make me laugh so much.

I'm very sorry to hear this.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 02:44 PM

3. FUCK!!

Longtime SNL fans will know that Norm would have wanted me to say that.
I'm deeply saddened by the news.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 02:44 PM

4. Funny dude, always enjoyed his work.

Cancer sucks.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 02:46 PM

6. His Burt Reynolds on SNL was always a good laugh.

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Response to blm (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:26 PM

14. I just recently learned he was the primary writer for the "Celebrity Jeopardy"

sketches on SNL, in addition to his appearances in those sketches as "Burt". I literally laughed myself sore, with tears running down my cheeks, watching them!!

I'll make a point to watch more of them again tonight, raising a glass in Norm's memory. R.I.P....

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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #14)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:00 PM

19. 10-4 on the Celebrity Jeopardy laughs. "Burt", along with "Sean Connery" remain one of the funniest

skits on SNL, IMO. Even today, the game show skits are generally a hoot. Maybe because of Norm's early influence?

Mr. MacDonald will be missed.

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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #14)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:25 PM

24. Actually, that was one of the funniest skits ever.

Loved "Turd Ferguson". He was quite humerous in that sketch. Darryl Hammond as Sean Connery was hilarious! Did Norm write his lines?

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 02:48 PM

7. He was a thinking comedian. Very good.

Cancer. Fuck.

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Response to twodogsbarking (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:13 PM

12. Yep.

He was a Canadian thinking comedian (sorry, I just had to throw that in.) Comedians and actors -- Canada's greatest exports......

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Response to luvtheGWN (Reply #12)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:36 PM

16. That too, eh.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 02:55 PM

8. He was really good. He made every joke funny.

His “Moth joke” on Conan was just beautiful

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:04 PM

9. Man that really sucks. RIP.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:09 PM

10. RIP FUNNY MAN!

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:16 PM

13. Bummer

I’ve been enjoying his show on Netflix and YouTube clips lately. Nobody had any idea he was battling cancer.

One of the best Weekend Update anchors.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:35 PM

15. funny, and really nice, guy ....

and only 61, way to young .... RIP Norm, thanks for all the laughs.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:40 PM

17. Very funny guy.



SNL's Twilight Zone sketch:


And the supposed story behind it:

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #17)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 06:58 PM

33. Yes!! I loved hearing this story told about Kattan.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 03:58 PM

18. Awwwwwww

So sad and surprising. RIP Norm. Your fight is over.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:13 PM

21. I guess he rubbed some people the wrong way but I thought he was really funny

Haven't seen him in anything recently though he did the voice for the Pidgeon on Mike Tysons Mystreys (I think).

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:14 PM

22. Norm in character:

...and out of character for a little bit at the end.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #22)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 08:38 PM

38. Wow. Thank you. That was amazing. Such grace...through obvious pain.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:21 PM

23. RIP, Norm.






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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:37 PM

25. I thought 2020 was bad for deaths...

2021 isn't any better.

I really liked Norm's style and delivery. I went to two comedy shows where he was the headliner. He always left us wanting more.

Rest in peace, Norm, and thank you for all the laughs over the years. Your voice will be greatly missed.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:47 PM

26. Wow. Far too young

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:52 PM

27. RIP Pigeon


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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 05:13 PM

28. Godspeed Norm

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 05:38 PM

29. Sad news.

Funny guy.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 05:51 PM

30. Definitely one of my favorites

This is one of my personal favorites from his SNL days:

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Response to Fritz67 (Reply #30)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 06:05 PM

31. That was really funny!

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Response to Mosby (Reply #31)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 06:45 PM

32. Norm...all he had to do was stand there and I'd laugh.

Reminds me of the skit someone did where the West Side Story-era gang danced up against a modern gang of Bloods/Crips.

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Response to Fritz67 (Reply #30)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 07:05 PM

34. LOL! Thanks, I don't remember seeing that sketch!

Norm was probably like me, when I saw part of West Side Story on the TV as a little kid, and I wondered what the hell kind of story is this?!

I've STILL never watched all of it, and I never will.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 07:05 PM

35. Oh no...

One of my all-time favorite comedians is gone.

I was shocked when I read the news.

RIP Norm. I'll see you on the other side.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 07:34 PM

36. Norm had a unique, individual style of comedy and humor

RIP brother...

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 08:37 PM

37. RIP you old chunk of coal!

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 09:07 PM

39. RIP

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 09:13 PM

40. his expression alone cracked me up

always looked like he was privy to something that was highly amusing

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 09:48 PM

41. Sad to hear this.

Just heard a clip of him on Sirius XM this morning and maybe that was why.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 12:37 AM

42. I enjoyed his work and looked foward to his appearances. So sad he

was stricken for such a long time and taken from us.

Rest in peace Norm.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 03:11 AM

43. Loved his SNL days, and was so glad Family Guy found a role for him ... as Death !


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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 12:04 PM

44. When you saw him you paid attention for two reasons.

You knew it would be funny.
You didn't want to miss anything.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 12:18 PM

45. Oh no!

I loved his Bob Dole. Damn this is horrible news. RIP.

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