He was 61.
Macdonald had been battling most cancers for a number of years however stored his analysis personal, his good friend and producing associate, Lori Jo Hoekstra, informed CNN in a press release.
“He was most happy with his comedy. He by no means needed 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 might be missed terribly.”
Born in Quebec Metropolis, Quebec, Canada, he began in leisure as a standup comic who labored the Ottawa membership circuit earlier than branching out to golf equipment throughout Canada.
He rapidly turned 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 the town, intent on breaking into Hollywood. He discovered work writing for the sitcom “Roseanne” in 1992.
He joined the solid of “Saturday Night time Reside” the next 12 months, the place he turned identified for his impressions of David Letterman, Larry King, Burt Reynolds, Quentin Tarantino and others.
However it was because the anchor of the information satire section “Weekend Replace” the place Macdonald hit his stride.
He held the place from 1994 to 1998.
Macdonald was moderately abruptly and unceremoniously dropped from “Weekend Replace,” a call made by then-NBC West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer. Though it was reported that the chief merely did not like Macdonald in that position, there have been studies that it needed to do jokes that Macdonald had informed about O.J. Simpson, who was considered one of Ohlmeyer’s longtime pals.
Macdonald went on to star in his personal comedy sequence, “The Norm Present,” which ran from 1999-2001.
He additionally appeared in movies like “The Folks vs. Larry Flynt,” “Dr. Dolittle 2” and “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.”
Fellow comedians Jon Stewart, Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogen and extra paid tribute to Macdonald on Tuesday.
Senator Bob Dole additionally paid tribute, tweeting an image of him and Macdonald in character as Dole.