Comedian Norm Macdonald Has Died At 61
Macdonald died from cancer in Los Angeles on September 14, 2021, at age 61. He had been diagnosed with the disease nine years prior, and kept his diagnosis to himself and only a few trusted friends, but had not publicly disclosed it.
Norm Macdonald has passed away. He was one of the best comics ever. After we talked in 2011 I couldn’t believe what an amazing talk it was. I still can’t. One of the best episodes. Here it is. RIP
There was no one like Norm MacDonald ; Every time I watched him perform was a gift. Thank you Norm … thinking of you and your family on this sad day.
“Why do dogs always race to the door when the doorbell rings? It’s almost never for them.” – Norm MacDonald.
“Death is a funny thing. Not funny haha, like a Woody Allen movie, but funny strange, like a Woody Allen marriage” – Norm MacDonald
Thank you for the laughs, my friend. You were a real treasure.
BREAKING: Norm MacDonald has died "after a long and private battle with cancer"
The influential comedian and former 'SNL' Weekend Update anchor was 61 https://t.co/wSbwGQ8Syp
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 14, 2021
“I’m pretty sure, I’m not a doctor — but I’m pretty sure if you die, the cancer dies at the same time. That’s not a loss. That’s a draw.” – Norm Macdonald
Norman Gene Macdonald (October 17, 1959 – September 14, 2021) was a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and actor known for his deadpan style.
Early in his career, he wrote for the sitcom Roseanne and made guest appearances on shows such as The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio. Macdonald was then a cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL) for five years, including anchoring the Weekend Update segment for three seasons. After leaving SNL, he starred in the 1998 film Dirty Work and in his own sitcom, The Norm Show, from 1999 to 2001.
In 2013, Macdonald started a video podcast, Norm Macdonald Live, on which he interviewed comedians and other celebrities. In 2018, he released Norm Macdonald Has a Show, a Netflix talk show with a similar premise to his podcast. Throughout his career, Macdonald appeared in numerous movies and was a guest on talk shows such as Conan, Late Night with David Letterman, and The Howard Stern Show. He also worked as a voice actor, notably on the animated show Mike Tyson Mysteries.
Paste magazine ranked him number 31 on their 50 Best Stand-up Comics of All Time.
Born Norman Gene Macdonald
October 17, 1959
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Died September 14, 2021 (aged 61)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1985–2021
Spouse(s) Connie Vaillancourt(m. 1988; sep. 1999)
Neil Macdonald (brother)
Joyce Napier (sister-in-law)
Stand-up, television, film
Black comedy, deadpan, non-sequitur, observational comedy, political satire, shaggy dog story
Notable works and roles
Saturday Night Live
The Norm Show
Norm Macdonald Live
Norm Macdonald Has a Show
RIP Norm Macdonald! #omshanti