Comedian, actor and writer Norm Macdonald, known for his work on Saturday Night Live, died after a long battle with cancer. He was 61 years old.
As reported Variety, Macdonald privately battled the disease for nearly a decade. Dozens of comedians, including Seth Rogen, Jon Stewart, Ron Funches and Jim Gaffigan, paid tribute to Macdonald on social media, calling him “one of the best comedians who ever lived.”
After trying out on stage at comedy clubs in his native Canada, he entered the world of television in 1992 as a screenwriter for the sitcom. Roseanne.
Norm Macdonald was Canadian and made it big on TV in the United States. AP Photo
La fama en Saturday Night Live
He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1993, and the following year began his memorable stint as host of the segment known as Weekend Update until early 1998, when he was replaced by Colin Quinn.
During his five years on the show, Macdonald became known for his dry humor, absurd outings, and impersonations of showbiz personalities such as Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Larry King, and Quentin Tarantino, among others.
Macdonald spearheaded the Weekend Update during the OJ Simpson trial. After the acquittal of the actor and former football player, he made one of his most memorable jokes: “Well, it’s finally official: murder is legal in the state of California.”
Norm Macdonald had a sour humor. AP Photo
It was so popular that after he was fired from the Weekend Update, Macdonald accused NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer of fire him precisely for his controversial jokes about the OJ Simpson case. According to Ohlmeyer, the disengagement was due to the low rating.
Your own sitcom
After your departure from Saturday Night Live, Macdonald created his own sitcom, Norm, along with screenwriter Bruce Helford. It aired from 1999 to 2001. There he played Norm Henderson, a former hockey player banned for life from the NHL due to gambling and evading taxes.
So Norm must do five years of community service as a social worker, surrounded by all kinds of nuts. In the cast were Laurie Metcalf, Ian Gomez, Max Wright, Artie Lange and Faith Ford.
“Norm,” the sitcom led by Norm Macdonald.
In the 1990s, Macdonald had some forays into film. Appeared in movies like Billy Madison (played by Adam Sandler), Larry Flynt O Dr. Dolittle, with Eddie Murphy, as the voice of the dog Lucky.
In 1998 he starred Dirty work, directed by Bob Saget, which was based on the Roald Dahl story and was about two friends who started a revenge business for hire to raise money to pay for heart surgery for one of their parents.
The cast also featured Artie Lange, Chris Farley, Jack Warden, Traylor Howard, Chevy Chase, and Christopher McDonald, with guest stars from Don Rickles, Adam Sandler, and John Goodman.
Afterward, Macdonald continued to voice the aftermath of Dr. Dolittle and other movies and cartoons. His last works were in the comic and science fiction series The Orville, where he voiced Lieutenant Yaphit, and in the animated series Mike Tyson Mysteries, where he voiced the dove.