Comedian Norm Macdonald dies at age 61 after privately battling cancer for nine years

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Comedian Norm MacDonald died on Tuesday after privately battling cancer for the previous nine years. 

His demise was confirmed to Deadline by his administration crew at Brillstein Entertainment. 

The 61-year-old’s longtime producing accomplice and good friend Lori Jo Hoekstra was with him when he handed. He informed Deadline that Macdonald had been battling cancer for practically a decade however remained adamant about holding his prognosis from household, pals and followers.  

‘He was most happy with his comedy,’ Hoekstra stated. ‘He by no means wished the prognosis to have an effect on the way in which the viewers or any of his family members noticed him. Norm was a pure comedian. He as soon as wrote that ‘a joke ought to catch somebody unexpectedly, it ought to by no means pander.’ He actually by no means pandered. Norm will probably be missed terribly.’ 

The well-known comic was greatest recognized for his work on Saturday Night Live the place he labored as a forged member from 1993- 1998 and starred because the present’s anchor on its Weekend Update phase. 

In 2004, Comedy Central named him as one of many 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. Many well-known comedians have named Macdonald’s dry and witty deadpan comedy as an inspiration to their very own careers.  

His death and secret cancer diagnosis was confirmed by his longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra (pictured: Macdonald co-hosting the view on September 13, 2018)

His demise and secret cancer prognosis was confirmed by his longtime producing accomplice and good friend Lori Jo Hoekstra (pictured: Macdonald co-hosting the view on September 13, 2018)

The former SNL star has died after a nine year secret battle with cancer. He is pictured at an event in Los Angeles in 2003 (pictured: Macdonald hosting the second annual Much Love Animal Rescue comedy charity event at Hollywood's Laugh Factory July 29, 2003)

The former SNL star has died after a nine 12 months secret battle with cancer. He is pictured at an occasion in Los Angeles in 2003 (pictured: Macdonald internet hosting the second annual Much Love Animal Rescue comedy charity occasion at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory July 29, 2003)

Norm Macdonald starred as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1993 -1998. He is pictured with fellow SNL alumni Chevy Chase and Colin Quinn at a reunion in 2012 (pictured: Colin Quinn, left, Chevy Chase, center, and Macdonald, right, during the 2012 Comedy Awards on April 28, 2012)

Norm Macdonald starred as a forged member on Saturday Night Live from 1993 -1998. He is pictured with fellow SNL alumni Chevy Chase and Colin Quinn at a reunion in 2012 (pictured: Colin Quinn, left, Chevy Chase, heart, and Macdonald, proper, in the course of the 2012 Comedy Awards on April 28, 2012)

Macdonald started his comedic profession performing the circuit of comedy golf equipment in Canada the place he developed his signature deadpan type. He was a contestant on Star Search in 1990 and secured his first tv writing job on The Dennis Miller Show. 

He then went on to write down for Roseanne from 1992- 1993 earlier than he joined the SNL forged.   

Chevy Chase, who created SNL’s Weekend Update, named Macdonald as the very best anchor to ever host the phase. Macdonald’s time at the helm of Weekend Update pushed the favored information commentary away from Chase’s slapstick comedy tackle to the extra politically charged sharp strategy that’s nonetheless seen in the present day.  

He was famous for his robust commentary on O.J. Simpson regardless of reported occasion from NBC executives to tone it down. After Simpson was discovered not responsible, Macdonald joked, ‘Well, it’s lastly official: Murder is authorized within the state of California.’

His sharp comedic criticism is believed to have led to his firing from the present in 1999. It can also be alleged to have been one of many few selections concerning the present that was not left to producer Lorne Michaels. 

Macdonald was succeeded by comic Colin Quinn who took over the coveted put up. 

The slapstick comedian went on to launch two failed sitcoms within the early 2000s: Norm and A Minute With Stan Hooper. But his profession was ultimately revived as he went on to star in an extended checklist of in style motion pictures and tv reveals up till 2020.

He had recurring roles on The Middle from 2010- 2018, Mike Tyson Mysteries from 2014- 2020, Sunnyside in 2015, Skylanders Academy from 2016- 2018, and The Orville from 2017- 2019, amongst others. 

Macdonald typically acted alongside fellow former SNL forged members in his movies equivalent to Billy Madison starring Adam Sandler, The Animal starring Rob Schneider, Dirty Work with Chevy Chase, and Dr. Dolittle starring Eddie Murphy.  

His expansive profession additionally had him in commercials and his podcast Norm Macdonald Live. 

During an look on Conan in 2014, Macdonald informed what many have since thought-about to be his greatest joke. He rambled on for a number of minutes about shaggy-dog story about Quebec, beluga whales, and child dolphins because the viewers and host Conan O’Brien erupt in laughter. 

The in style comic made frequent appearances on late-night televisions reveals the place he was recognized for persistently having the hosts cracking up. But a number of years he was cancelled from showing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon resulting from remarks he made in regards to the #MeToo motion throughout an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.   

Macdonald stated he was ‘completely happy the #MeToo motion had slowed down a bit bit,’ claiming that folks used to obtain a second probability, however that the #MeToo motion gave ‘no forgiveness.’

Macdonald said he had arrived early to tape a segment, just hours after he told the Hollywood reporter he wanted Louis CK and Roseanne Barr to get together and commiserate because they had lost everything to the #MeToo movement. These comments made senior producers at the Tonight Show cry, he said (pictured: Macdonald, left, on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, right, on June 7, 2017)

Macdonald stated he had arrived early to tape a phase, simply hours after he informed the Hollywood reporter he wished Louis CK and Roseanne Barr to get collectively and commiserate as a result of they’d misplaced every little thing to the #MeToo motion. These feedback made senior producers at the Tonight Show cry, he stated (pictured: Macdonald, left, on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, proper, on June 7, 2017)

Macdonald said he and Fallon agreed he would not do the show as not to damage the brand, after Fallon revealed the staff's distress that Macdonald would appear (pictured: Macdonald, left, on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, right, on July 22, 2015)

Macdonald stated he and Fallon agreed he wouldn’t do the present as to not injury the model, after Fallon revealed the workers’s misery that Macdonald would seem (pictured: Macdonald, left, on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, proper, on July 22, 2015)

Macdonald stated he had linked up Louis C.Ok, who was accused of sexual misconduct, and Roseanne Barr, who was fired from her present in May for racist feedback, so they might speak about what had occurred. 

‘There are only a few those who have gone by what they’ve, shedding every little thing in a day,’ he stated.

‘Of course, folks will go, “What about the victims?” But you recognize what? The victims did not must undergo that.’

Macdonald was slammed on-line for his remarks, by individuals who thought he was dismissing those that had revealed themselves to be victims of sexual assault, and by others who noticed his feedback as attempting to defend CK and Barr.

He then went on Howard Stern’s radio present and informed him that his look on The Tonight Show had been cancelled as a result of his remarks on the social motion had made senior producers cry. 

He later apologized for his feedback in a tweet: ‘Roseanne and Louis have each been superb pals of mine for many years. They each made horrible errors and I might by no means defend their actions. If my phrases gave the impression of I used to be minimizing the ache that their victims really feel to at the present time, I’m deeply sorry.’

According to his IMDB web page, the Canadian star was slated to voice Grandpaws within the ‘animated re imagining of one of many largest wildfire evacuations in Canadian historical past’ titled Back Home Again which is presently in post-production. 

He was scheduled to carry out at the New York City Comedy Festival November 11- 14. 

Since the stunning information of Macdonald’s demise broke, pals and followers have taken to Twitter to share their heartbreak. 

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Conan O’Brien tweeted: ‘I’m completely devastated about Norm Macdonald. Norm had probably the most distinctive comedic voice I’ve ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly humorous. I’ll by no means snicker that onerous once more. I’m so unhappy for all of us in the present day.’

Fellow Canadian comic Eugene Levy posted on Twitter: ‘Today the world misplaced a really, very humorous man. We miss him already. R.I.P Norm Macdonald.’ 

Seth MacFarlane shared a touching tribute writing: ‘To so many individuals in comedy, me included, there was no person funnier than Norm MacDonald. You at all times hoped he would dangle round after the work was performed, simply so you can hear his tales and get fun. So hilarious and so beneficiant together with his character. I’m gonna miss him.’

Macdonald made visitor appearances on Family Guy. 

Canadian star Dave Foley tweeted: ‘Can’t consider Norm MacDonald is useless. First met him within the mid 80s. I believed he was method too humorous to achieve success. I used to be half proper. My deep sympathy to his household, shut pals and his followers. #ripNorm’

Fellow former SNL star Adam Sandler posted a photograph of him starring alongside Macdonald in Billy Madison on Twitter. He wrote: ‘Every considered one of us liked Norm. Some of the toughest laughs of my life with this man. Most fearless humorous authentic man we knew. An unimaginable dad. An excellent good friend. A legend. Love u pal.’ 

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole tweeted a photograph of him laughing as he stands subsequent to Macdonald dressed because the senator on the set of SNL. Dole captioned the photograph: ‘Norm was an important expertise, and I liked laughing with him on SNL. *Bob Dole* will miss Norm Macdonald.’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted a tribute to the Canadian star writing: ‘The world was a a lot funnier place as a result of Norm Macdonald was in it. We’ve misplaced a comedic genius, and an important Canadian. Sending my condolences to his family members and numerous followers mourning his passing.’

Reporter David Gardner shared a quote on cancer from Macdonald’s standup particular: ‘I’m fairly positive, I’m not a physician, however I’m fairly positive in case you die, the cancer dies at the identical time. That’s not a loss. That’s a draw.’

Macdonald is survived by his son Dylan Macdonald.