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Comedian Norm Macdonald, a beloved Saturday Night Live cast member in the 1990s, has passed away. His management company has confirmed that the 61-year-old has been battling cancer for nine years.
“He was most proud of his comedy,” said his production partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra. Deadline. “Norm was pure comic. He once wrote that a joke should surprise someone, it should never flatter.” He certainly never flattered. Norm will be sadly missed. “
SNL Fans may remember Macdonald as the anchor for the show’s “Weekend Update” segments. He was known for his impressions, especially that of Burt Reynolds. In his fun way, he poked fun at former superstar Michael Jackson and former football star and actor OJ Simpson throughout his murder trial. Macdonald later said he had been pressured by network executives to stop seeing Simpson as a murderer, and he credited his firing from the show for his refusal to stop.
After SNL, Macdonald had his own comedy series, The spectacle of the norm, where he played an NHL player who had to do community service after being arrested for gambling and tax evasion. He also had his own talk show, Norm Macdonald has a show, on Netflix.
Macdonald was born in Quebec in 1959 and began his career doing stand-ups in Canadian comedy clubs, where he developed his tongue-in-cheek style. After competing on Star search in 1990 he was hired to write for The Dennis Miller Show, then the sitcom Roseanne. Macdonald has made appearances on late night shows with David Letterman and Conan O’Brian and had a recurring role on the show The middle. He has also appeared in films such as The people against Larry Flynt, and he was the voice of Lucky the Dog in Eddie Murphy’s comedy Dr Dolittle.