Comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum Norm Macdonald has been reported useless at 61 after a personal nine-year battle with most cancers.
Deadline confirmed on Tuesday by way of Macdonald’s administration agency Brillstein Entertainment that he had died.
“He was most proud of his comedy. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him,” Macdonald’s longtime producing accomplice and buddy Lori Jo Hoekstra instructed the publication. “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.”
Macdonald’s representatives didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.
Born in Canada in 1959, the humorist, author and actor rose to prominence as a forged member on “Saturday Night Live” in 1993. He was greatest recognized for his impressions of Quentin Tarantino, David Letterman, Larry King, Bob Dole and Burt Reynolds, amongst many others. He was additionally notably the anchor for the recurring section “Weekend Update.”
He was later fired by NBC govt Don Ohlmeyer in the course of the present’s Christmas hiatus in 1998, reportedly as a result of Ohlmeyer “was a close friend of O.J. Simpson’s” and “resented a string of jokes” that Macdonald had made on “SNL” about Simpson’s homicide trial that apparently continued effectively after Simpson was acquitted, in line with The New York Times.
After “SNL,” Macdonald starred in his personal comedy collection titled “The Norm Show,” which ran from 1999 to 2001. He additionally appeared on a number of late night time exhibits, together with “Late Night With David Letterman” and “Conan.” Other ventures included starring within the failed present “A Minute With Stan Hooper,” appearing as a choose on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” doing quite a few voice-over roles (such because the canine Lucky from the “Doctor Dolittle” franchise), taking over the position of Colonel Sanders for KFC and writing a semi-fictionalized memoir known as “Based on a True Story.”
No stranger to controversy, Macdonald discovered himself in sizzling water when he instructed The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 that he was happy to see the Me Too motion had “slowed down a little bit,” arguing that a few of his well-known buddies had seen their careers lower quick due to wrongdoing. He particularly defended Louis C.Ok. and Roseanne Barr, the latter of whom was faraway from the reboot of her present, “Roseanne,” after making racist remarks about Valerie Jarrett, a prime adviser to former President Barack Obama.
Macdonald later apologized for these remarks and tweeted that each “Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years” who “made terrible mistakes, and I would never defend their actions.”
“If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry,” he stated on the time.
Macdonald additionally helmed a 10-episode discuss present on Netflix titled “Norm Macdonald Has a Show,” which debuted in September 2018. More lately, in early 2020, he launched a video-first courting app known as Loko.
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