Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald dies at age 61 after a private fight against cancer


Norm Macdonald, a Quebec deadpan comedian who has risen from a night club in Toronto to Canada to the fame of “Saturday Night Live,” died at the age of 61 after a personal fight against cancer.

A representative of his governing body, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, confirmed the death on Tuesday and said details were unknown.

The revelation shocked many because McDonald’s did not share his diagnosis with his fans.

Growing up in Quebec City, Standup is best known for his tenure at Saturday Night Live from 1993 to 1998, appearing behind the Weekend Update desk and enjoying the latest news events. I was there.

He also impressed Burt Reynolds as a contestant in one of his most beloved characters, Jeopardy.

Mark Breslin, co-founder of Yuk Yuk, said McDonald’s pure star power was apparent from the early days of the Canadian comedy circuit, creating a unique voice from the beginning and impressing his peers.

“He combined a concise delivery with the look of a deadpan, but he still had this wonderful sparkle in his blue eyes, and it all turned out to be a kind of joke,” Breslin said.

“And it was a really powerful combination of all these things.”

McDonald’s continued to attract enthusiastic supporters among comedy fans for his rivaldo rejection of a simple punch line.

He has appeared in many films with his former “SNL” castmates, including Adam Sandler in “Billy Madison” and Rob Schneider in “The Animal.”

McDonald’s also led Bob Saget’s 1998 Hollywood comedy “Dirty Work,” where he played one of two friends launching a hiring revenge business. The movie was box office, but I found cult supporters when it was released on the home video.

Later in his career, he hosted his own Netflix talk show, “Norm Macdonald’s Show,” and spoke out Pigeon’s character in “Mike Tyson Mystery.”

By David Friend and Adina Bresge

Canadian press