Comic and “Saturday Night Live” alum Norm Macdonald has been reported lifeless at 61 after a personal nine-year battle with most cancers.
Deadline confirmed on Tuesday by way of Macdonald’s administration agency Brillstein Leisure that he had died.
“He was most pleased with his comedy. He by no means needed the analysis to have an effect on the best way the viewers or any of his family members noticed him,” Macdonald’s longtime producing companion and good friend Lori Jo Hoekstra informed the publication. “Norm was a pure comedian. He as soon as wrote that ‘a joke ought to catch somebody without warning, it ought to by no means pander.’ He definitely by no means pandered. Norm will likely be missed terribly.”
Macdonald’s representatives didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.
Born in Canada in 1959, the slapstick comedian, author and actor rose to prominence as a forged member on “Saturday Evening Reside” in 1993. He was finest identified 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 phase “Weekend Replace.”
He was later fired by NBC govt Don Ohlmeyer through the present’s Christmas hiatus in 1998, reportedly as a result of Ohlmeyer “was an in depth good 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, according to The New York Times.
After “SNL,” Macdonald starred in his personal comedy sequence titled “The Norm Present,” which ran from 1999 to 2001. He additionally appeared on a number of late night time exhibits, together with “Late Evening With David Letterman” and “Conan.” Different ventures included starring within the failed present “A Minute With Stan Hooper,” performing as a decide on NBC’s “Final Comedian Standing,” doing quite a few voice-over roles (such because the canine Fortunate from the “Physician Dolittle” franchise), taking over the function of Colonel Sanders for KFC and writing a semi-fictionalized memoir referred to as “Based mostly on a True Story.”
No stranger to controversy, Macdonald discovered himself in sizzling water when he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 that he was happy to see the Me Too motion had “slowed down a bit bit,” arguing that a few of his well-known mates had seen their careers lower quick due to wrongdoing. He particularly defended Louis C.Okay. and Roseanne Barr, the latter of whom was faraway from the reboot of her present, “Roseanne,” after making racist remarks about Valerie Jarrett, a high adviser to former President Barack Obama.
Macdonald later apologized for those remarks and tweeted that each “Roseanne and Louis have each been superb mates of mine for a few years” who “made horrible errors, and I might by no means defend their actions.”
“If my phrases appeared like I used to be minimizing the ache that their victims really feel to at the present time, I’m deeply sorry,” he stated on the time.
Macdonald additionally helmed a 10-episode speak present on Netflix titled “Norm Macdonald Has a Present,” which debuted in September 2018. Extra just lately, in early 2020, he launched a video-first dating app called Loko.
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