When news broke on Tuesday that Norm Macdonald had died, comedians, actors and writers took to social media to mourn and remember the life of the famed “Saturday Night Live” star.
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 impressions of Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Larry King, Quentin Tarantino and many more during his five-year run on the show.
After exiting “SNL,” Macdonald created “The Norm Show” with Bruce Helford on ABC, which ran from 1999 until 2001. The comedian starred as Norm Henderson, an NHL player who is banned for life because of gambling and tax evasion, so he must perform five years of community service as a social worker. The cast included Laurie Metcalf, Ian Gomez, Max Wright, Artie Lange and Faith Ford, and the show ran for three seasons.
Macdonald died of cancer at age 61 after a nine-year private struggle with the disease.
Jon Stewart recalled how much Macdonald could make him break while performing.
Patton Oswalt said the comedian was “never not 100% hilarious.”
Edgar Wright said watching Macdonald appear on talk shows is “the most pleasure” of “addictive rabbit holes you can disappear down on the internet.”
Seth Rogen shared how much Macdonald influenced his early career.
Tim Dillon called Macdonald “one of the greatest comedians to have ever lived.”
Ron Funches shared his sadness at the news.
Brian Posehn credited Macdonald with “one of the hardest times [he’s] ever laughed.”
Adam Pally posted a GIF of the late comedian in character.
Jim Gaffigan praised Macdonald as “punishingly funny.”
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