Comedian Norm MacDonald has died at 61, according to Deadline. The former Saturday Night Live ‘Weekend Update’ anchor secretly battled cancer for nine years. His longtime producing partner and friend, Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him when he died, says he wanted to keep the news private.
“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra says. “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.”
MacDonald was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1993 to 1998, and was one of the most influential comedians to hold the coveted ‘Weekend Update’ anchor position. He was also known for his hilarious impressions, including Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, David Letterman, and Larry King.
In addition to his stint on the late-night show, MacDonald appeared in numerous films, including Grown Ups, Dr. Dolittle, Jack and Jill, Billy Madison, Funny People, Screwed, and The Animal. He also appeared in various late-night talk shot spots including appearances on Late Night With Conan O’Brien (and O’Brien’s various other late night shows), and Late Night with David Letterman. MacDonald also had his own talk show on Netflix back in 2018, which only lasted one season, called Norm MacDonald Has a Show.
Across social media, various celebrities have been reacting to the news of MacDonald’s death, and some even shared their favorite performances from the impactful star.
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