He was 61.
Macdonald had been battling most cancers for a number of years however stored his prognosis non-public, his good friend and producing accomplice, Lori Jo Hoekstra, instructed NCS in a press release.
“He was most proud of his comedy. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him,” Hoekstra stated. “Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”
Born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, he began in present enterprise as a standup comedian who labored the Ottawa membership circuit earlier than branching out to golf equipment throughout Canada.
He rapidly turned recognized for his deadpan and sardonic supply and in 1987 was given the chance to carry out at the “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival 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 Live” the next 12 months, the place he turned recognized for his impressions of David Letterman, Larry King, Burt Reynolds, Quentin Tarantino and others.
But it was because the anchor for the information sendup phase “Weekend Update” the place Macdonald hit his stride.
He held the place from 1994 to 1998.
Macdonald was quite abruptly and unceremoniously dropped because the anchor of “Weekend Update,” a choice made by then-NBC West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer. (*61*) it was reported that the chief merely did not like Macdonald in that function, there have been studies that it needed to do jokes that Macdonald had instructed about O.J. Simpson, who was one in all Ohlmeyer’s longtime buddies.
Fellow comedians Jon Stewart, Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogen and extra paid tribute to Macdonald on Tuesday.