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September 14, 2021 3:24 pm  #1


Canadian Comedian & SNL Star Norm MacDonald Gone At Just 61

The SNL alum fought a quiet nine-year battle with cancer. Sadly, on Tuesday, the cancer won.

Norm Macdonald Dies: Influential Comedian & Former ‘SNL’ Weekend Update Anchor Was 61

 

September 14, 2021 3:43 pm  #2


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Greatest stand-up of all time, and a really sweet, intelligent man. The world is a lot less funny today.


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September 14, 2021 3:48 pm  #3


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https://youtu.be/ei86zrL5U4E

Here's Norm talking with Marc Maron on his WTF podcast. It's, Norm, is brilliant and Marc isn't half bad either.

RIP🕯️

 

September 14, 2021 4:17 pm  #4


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I wonder how many people remember his short-lived ABC sitcom, The Norm Show, in which he played a suspended NHL hockey player. Created by MacDonald and Bruce Helford, one of the guys behind The Drew Carey Show, which it resembled in many ways - and even had some of the same cast members. The theme. Too Bad," was a song by Canadian group Doug & The Slugs. 

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September 14, 2021 4:28 pm  #5


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Norm presented "Weekend Update" while he was on SNL...  during the 90s...  during the Simpson trial... 

Don Ohlmeyer was a head at NBC, and a good friend of the juice....  Ohlmeyer ultimately fired Norm over his constant, relentless jokes about O.J.

This Youtube compilation starts with Dennis Miller who spells it out "in sports terms"...

Norm was also a frequent guest on Letterman during this era as well...   lots of the Letterman / Norm clips also on Youtube....




 

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September 14, 2021 4:35 pm  #6


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https://tinnitist.com/2021/09/14/sonic-reducers-rip-norm-macdonald/

one final link, a discussion of his career and a Team Coco appearance.

 

September 14, 2021 6:07 pm  #7


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But, what if a guy had a theory that Germans love David Hasselhoff ?  Norm's appearances on the Dennis Miller show on I think HBO were legendary. RIP funny man. 

 

September 14, 2021 6:38 pm  #8


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The one conservative comedian who was actually very funny. That's a damn shame.

 

September 14, 2021 6:43 pm  #9


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MacDonald stated in the Deadline article that “[NBC's west coast president Don] Ohlmeyer would watch Leno kill every night for 15 minutes. Every joke, huge laughs, and then I’d do 10 minutes a week and sometimes not get laughs.”

Norm was the type of personality that even if his brand of humor wasn't quite your style, it was hard to dislike the guy.

He will be missed. RIP.



PJ

 

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September 14, 2021 7:46 pm  #10


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brilliant british comedian Sean Lock lost last week at 58, now norm at 61.  These things come in threes....

best of Sean Lock.

best of Norm Macdonald
 

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September 14, 2021 9:34 pm  #11


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His very last "role" is yet to air. He voiced a character named "Yaphit" on Seth MacFarlane's sci-fi show "The Orville" and apparently was in a few of the upcoming episodes. The alien is a gelatinous blob and MacDonald never appears on camera.

The show has been off TV for years thanks to COVID-production delays and the special effects it needs, and it's gone to Hulu in the U.S. after originally airing on Fox.

Rogers' CityTV aired it in Canada and a few years ago, I called a Rogers programming rep to ask if they were still going to put it on free TV here. She said as far as she knew, they still had the rights and they intended to show it on City whenever it came back. 

We'll see if that happens. Canadians can't legally get Hulu on this side of the border, so if City doesn't show it, you can rest assured Bell will bid for the rights and it will probably end up on either Crave or CTV Sci Fi. 

Norm Macdonald Leaves Behind New Episodes Of ‘The Orville’ 

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September 14, 2021 10:53 pm  #12


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splunge wrote:

brilliant british comedian Sean Lock lost last week at 58, now norm at 61.  These things come in threes....

best of Sean Lock.

best of Norm Macdonald
 

I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but number three hadn't bloody well be one of the Pythons...

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September 15, 2021 9:44 am  #13


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norm macdonald = comedic genius

 

September 15, 2021 3:06 pm  #14


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Norm wasn't necessarily an A list comedian/performer all the time with the public, but he was with his peers.  In fact most placed Norm MacDonald in a category of his own, and that is the biggest compliment.  The comments from people like David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Steve Martin, Seth Rogan, Jimmy Fallon, Whitney Cummings, Adam Sandler  Jon Stewart, Jim Carrey, Seth Meyers, etc. etc. confirmed how much Norm was respect, admired and loved. 

A lot of comedians have commented on Norm's performance for Bob Sagat's Roast.  The program apparently was one of the most graphic and filthy roasts filled with more profanity for any performer on television.  When Norm came to do his part, he  did "Dad Jokes".  At first nobody was laughing. Norm's jokes had no swearing, nothing sexual, just something that a father might tell his 5 year old kids. The audience was clearly confused and thought Norm was bombing    But the comedians in the crowd and at high table soon  got it, and thought it was brilliant.  Here is a bunch of tributes including some great clips from Vulture.com. https://www.vulture.com/article/norm-macdonald-comedian-tributes.html   

 

September 16, 2021 3:57 pm  #15


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Didn't know that CTV Ottawa bureau chief Joyce Napier was Norm MacDonald's sister in law.  She is married to CBC news correspondent Neil MacDonald, Norm's brother.  CTV News Channel ran a little clip of Joyce interviewing Norm from a few years ago, when he was visiting them.  Small world..

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