Hy was 61.
Born in Quebec City, Quebec, Kanada, he started in show business as a standup comedian who worked the Ottawa club circuit before branching out to clubs across Canada.
He quickly became known for his deadpan and sardonic delivery and in 1987 was given the opportunity to perform at the “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival in Los Angeles.
That first taste of LA made an impression and Macdonald moved to the city, intent on breaking into Hollywood. He found work writing for the original “Roseanne” sitcom in 1992.
He joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” die volgende jaar, where he became known for his impressions of David Letterman, Larry King, Burt Reynolds, Quentin Tarantino and others.
But it was as the anchor for the news sendup segment “Naweekopdatering” where Macdonald hit his stride.
He held the position from 1994 aan 1998.
Macdonald was rather abruptly and unceremoniously dropped as the anchor of “Naweekopdatering,” a decision made by then-NBC West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer. Although it was reported that the executive simply didn’t like Macdonald in that role, there were reports that it had to do jokes that Macdonald had told about O.J. Simpson, who was one of Ohlmeyer’s longtime friends.
In 'n 1998 interview on David Letterman’s show
, Macdonald said Ohlmeyer told him
, “You’re not funny
,” toevoeging, “He also thinks that O.J
. is innocent.
” Jare later, Macdonald told the New York Times he thought the
” nature of his material
, not the Simpson connection
, was why Ohlmeyer soured on him
Fellow comedians Jon Stewart, Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogen and more paid tribute to Macdonald on Tuesday.
“O my God. We lost a legend
,” Jim Gaffigan tweeted.
“Norm was punishingly funny
. A unique special point of view and completely organic
“I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald
,” Conan O’Brien tweeted
. “Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny
. I will never laugh that hard again
. I’m so sad for all of us today.
MacDonald was listed among the comics scheduled to perform during the upcoming New York Comedy Festival in November