He was 61.
Macdonald had been battling most cancers for a number of years however stored his prognosis non-public, his buddy and producing associate, Lori Jo Hoekstra, informed CNN in an announcement.
“He was most pleased with his comedy. He by no means needed the prognosis to have an effect on the best way the viewers or any of his family members noticed him,” Hoekstra stated. “Norm was a pure comedian. He as soon as wrote that ‘a joke ought to catch somebody without warning, it ought to by no means pander.’ He actually by no means pandered. Norm can be missed terribly.”
Born in Quebec Metropolis, Quebec, Canada, he began in present enterprise as a standup comic who labored the Ottawa membership circuit earlier than branching out to golf equipment throughout Canada.
He shortly grew to become identified for his deadpan and sardonic supply and in 1987 was given the chance to carry out on the “Simply For Laughs” Comedy Pageant in Los Angeles.
That first style of LA made an impression and Macdonald moved to town, intent on breaking into Hollywood. He discovered work writing for the unique “Roseanne” sitcom in 1992.
He joined the solid of “Saturday Night time Reside” the next yr, the place he grew to become identified for his impressions of David Letterman, Larry King, Burt Reynolds, Quentin Tarantino and others.
Nevertheless it was because the anchor for the information sendup section “Weekend Replace” the place Macdonald hit his stride.
He held the place from 1994 to 1998.
Macdonald was slightly abruptly and unceremoniously dropped because the anchor of “Weekend Replace,” a choice made by then-NBC West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer. Though it was reported that the manager merely did not like Macdonald in that function, there have been stories that it needed to do jokes that Macdonald had informed about O.J. Simpson, who was one among Ohlmeyer’s longtime associates.
Fellow comedians Jon Stewart, Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogen and extra paid tribute to Macdonald on Tuesday.