He was 61.
Macdonald had been battling most cancers for a number of years however stored his analysis non-public, his good friend and producing companion, Lori Jo Hoekstra, informed CNN in a press release.
“He was most happy with his comedy. He by no means wished the analysis to have an effect on the way in which the viewers or any of his family members noticed him,” Hoekstra mentioned. “Norm was a pure comedian. He as soon as wrote that ‘a joke ought to catch somebody abruptly, it ought to by no means pander.’ He definitely by no means pandered. Norm shall 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 turned recognized for his deadpan and sardonic supply and in 1987 was given the chance to carry out on the “Simply For Laughs” Comedy Competition in Los Angeles.
That first style of LA made an impression and Macdonald moved to the 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 Dwell” the next 12 months, the place he turned recognized for his impressions of David Letterman, Larry King, Burt Reynolds, Quentin Tarantino and others.
However 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 call 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 studies that it needed to do jokes that Macdonald had informed 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.