Norm Macdonald, Dead At 61

Sep 14th, 2021

Norm Macdonald, an influential comic, known for his sharp sense of humor has passed away at the age of 61.

According to his PR firm, he died after a 9 year long private battle with cancer. His close friend Hoekstra said

“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra said. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”

Born in Quebec City, on Oct 17th, 1959 he started at comedy clubs in Canada. This is where he developed his deadpan style which help land him his first writing gig on the The Dennis Miller Shower which led to his “Weekend Update” on SNL.

After leaving SNAL, he starred in his own comedy show as well as the lead role in many major motion pictures.

Here’s what people are saying about his passing:

I have a weird thing about rare vs. unique. A stickler on the difference between the two. Rare means scarce or uncommon, unique is the only one of its kind.

Norm Macdonald was truly a unique comedic voice. Fascinating and brilliant. May he RIP.

RIP Norm MacDonald. I saw him perform live when I was in college. It was one of the most memorable performances I’ve ever seen. Complete mastery of standup comedy performance and an unparalleled passion for the art of writing jokes. Never met him. Love to his friends & family.

My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10-year battle. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.