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Tributes are pouring in for Norm Macdonald, the Canadian comic greatest identified for anchoring Saturday Evening Reside‘s “Weekend Replace” segments within the Nineteen Nineties.
Macdonald died at 61 on Tuesday, almost a decade after a most cancers prognosis that he stored non-public (here’s a clip of a stand-up performance the place he derides the phrase “battling most cancers”).
NPR’s Mandalit del Barco has this remembrance. This is what a few of his many colleagues and followers are saying:
Honoring the humorist, late-night visitor and good friend
Late-night host and former SNL forged member Seth Meyers (who additionally hosted “Weekend Replace”) honored Macdonald on his present, recalling a few of his favourite jokes and shared reminiscences.
“He was the gold customary, and he’ll proceed to be the gold customary, and I’d simply counsel that everyone go watch him tell the moth story on Conan,” he stated. “Go watch any variety of Norm Macdonald issues tonight as a result of they’re actually, really timeless.”
Jimmy Fallon referred to Macdonald as “one of many biggest comedians ever,” and “a good friend of the present — household, actually, to us.” He recalled the first time he met Macdonald, shortly after being employed on SNL.
Stephen Colbert shared a story about how welcoming Macdonald was when he spent a couple of weeks on SNL as a visitor author.
“I want I had been a adequate comic to give you a joke proper now about Norm Macdonald having died. However the one comic I do know who may get away with a ‘Norm Macdonald is useless joke,’ is Norm Macdonald,” Colbert stated. “And I’ll miss the truth that there’s no person left on the planet who can try this, and the comedy world is poorer for it at this time.”
James Corden said on his show: “All Norm ever needed to do was to make us snigger, and he was completely sensible at it. There was no person fairly like him. I felt privileged any time I bought to be in his orbit. He leaves us as one of many all-time nice comics, maybe the one biggest visitor within the historical past of late-night tv, I feel.”
I’m completely devastated about Norm Macdonald. Norm had probably the most distinctive comedic voice I’ve ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly humorous. I’ll by no means snigger that onerous once more. I am so unhappy for all of us at this time.
— Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) September 14, 2021
Norm, I didn’t similar to you.
I cherished you.
You didn’t simply make me snigger.
You made me cry with laughter.
I’m nonetheless crying at this time.
However once I consider you,
my tears will run down my face with all of the reminiscences of all of the laughter and all the fun that you just dropped at all of us.
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) September 14, 2021
One of many funniest folks #SNL ever produced is gone, however won’t ever be forgotten. I’ve spent many an hour on YouTube over time having fun with all of the characters he gave us. In a phrase: HILARIOUS.🤣Thanks for a lifetime of guffaws @normmacdonald. #RIP 💔 pic.twitter.com/pK9lK3Rz87
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 14, 2021
This story initially appeared on the Morning Edition live blog.