Norm Macdonald, Comedian and ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star, Dies at 61

Norm MacDonald performs during Comedy. By Blake at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California on 7th December, 2017 / NBA Clippers star Blake Griffin hosted Comedy By Blake, a comedy night for his youth charity, Team Griffin Foundation. The 28-year-old delivered a crowd pleasing 10-minute monologue before inviting famous comedians Norm Macdonald, John Mulaney, Phoebe Robinson, Whitney Cummings and Jim Jefferies to entertain the crowd // Dustin Snipes/Red Bull Content Pool via AP Images // For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to

by Jordan Moreau


September 13, 2021

Norm Macdonald, the deadpan comedian, actor, writer and “Saturday Night Live” star, has died after a battle with cancer, Variety has confirmed. He was 61.

Macdonald privately battled the disease for almost a decade. “Norm was an original! He defined American humor with honesty and blunt force,” Jeff Danis, president of DPN Talent and one of Macdonald’s reps, told Variety in a statement.

The comedian got his start in showbiz as a writer on “Roseanne” in 1992 after making rounds at comedy clubs in Canada. He joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 1993, and the next year, began his memorable stint as “Weekend Update” anchor until early 1998, when he was replaced by Colin Quinn. Macdonald was known for his dry humor, non-sequiturs and impressions of Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Larry King, Quentin Tarantino and many more during his five-year run on the show.

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  1. IMO, Norm was one of the greatest comedians of all time. He never forgot his Canadian roots. I loved his appearances on Conan O’Brien and David Letterman shows over the years. Conan said Norm was his best guest ever. RIP Norm.


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