Panama City, FL –
(NEXSTAR) – The comedy community pays tribute to Norm Macdonald after his passing at the age of 61.
Macdonald, the former “Saturday Night Live” star and actor known for his unflinching delivery, died after a nine-year private battle with cancer, according to Brillstein Entertainment Partners, his management company in Los Angeles.
The news of Macdonald’s passing came as a shock not only to fans, but also to his fellow comedians and contemporaries. Hours after the reports, Macdonald’s friends and former co-stars took to social media to pay tribute to one of their favorite comedy legends.
“I am absolutely devastated by Norm Macdonald,” wrote Conan O’Brien, who frequently hosted Macdonald on his late night show. “Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so funny and uncompromising. I will never laugh so hard again. I am so sad for all of us today.
Comedian and actor Artie Lange, who co-starred with Macdonald on “Dirty Work” and “The Norm Show,” shared a photo of the two during Lange’s tenure on the Howard Stern radio show. “I will miss you forever,” Lange wrote.
Other “SNL” actors, comedians and alumni – including Sarah Silverman, Albert Brooks, Rob Schneider and Gilbert Gottfried – also praised Macdonald’s gift for comedy. Jim Carrey, who appeared on Macdonald’s podcast in 2017, even described Macdonald as a “comedic genius.”
Even Senator Bob Dole, who Macdonald posed as “SNL,” lamented his passing.
“* Bob Dole * will be missed by Norm Macdonald,” Dole joked.
Macdonald began his career in Canada as a stand-up comedian before becoming a screenwriter on “Roseanne”. He then joined the cast of “SNL” where he served as a presenter for “Weekend Update” between 1993 and 1998. He went on to appear in dozens of movies and TV shows, including his own sitcom “The Norm Show”.
Most recently, he hosted his own talk show for Netflix, titled “Norm Macdonald Has a Show”.
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