Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-09-14 15:50:00 –
New York >> Comic Norm Macdonald, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer who hosted “Weekend Update” in the 1990s, has passed away.
According to his management company, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, in Los Angeles, 61-year-old McDonald’s died today after nine years of fighting cancer, which he had kept secret.
McDonald’s, the son of two school teachers raised in Quebec City, Canada, was a stand-up comedy and screenwriter for the sitcom “Rosanne” when he was selected to cast “Saturday Night Live” in 1993.
After leaving the show in 1998, he created and starred in the ABC comedy “The Norm Show,” playing a former NHL player who was kicked out of the league for gambling and tax evasion and forced into community services as a social worker. I did.
He became known for his esoteric impressions, including Burt Reynolds, who gave Will Ferrell’s Alex Trebek the character’s sorrow in “Celebrity Geopardy.” He also impersonated Bob Dole, Larry King, and David Letterman.
McDonald’s was the anchor of the “Weekend Update” desk at the height of news-based jokes, and was frequently targeted by Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson, and OJ Simpson.
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