Tributes to Norm Macdonald started raining on Tuesday afternoon after news of the beloved comedian’s death at the age of 61 was announced.
The former “Saturday Night Live” death came nine years after being diagnosed with cancer. According to his collaborator and long-time friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, Macdonald had asked that most of his health concerns be kept private. At the time of his death, he was due to attend the New York Comedy Festival in November.
Macdonald, who was born in Quebec, Canada, wrote for “The Dennis Miller Show” and “Roseanne” before joining the cast of “SNL” in 1993. His tongue-in-cheek style has been cited as an influence by many many cast members, as well as other prominent comedians, in the years that followed.
” Oh fuck. I was a huge Norm Macdonald fan and basically ripped off his performance when I first started playing, ”Seth Rogen tweeted Tuesday. “I would stay awake specifically to watch him on talk shows. He was the funniest guest ever. We lost a comedy giant today. One of the greatest of all time. TEAR.”
Added Jon Stewart: “No one could crack you like Norm Macdonald. Hilarious and unique. Fuckin ‘cancer.
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