Born In: Quebec City, Canada
Norman Gene “Norm” MacDonald was a Canadian stand-up comedian famous for his deadpan humour and poetic style which made him one of the most well-known personalities to have appeared on Saturday Night Live. He was named among the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time by Comedy Central. He began his career performing stand-ups at clubs and got a chance to perform at Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Realizing that he needed a bigger platform to get the career he dreamt of, he shifted to Los Angeles. He wrote for the sitcom Roseanne and soon appeared on shows like The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio. He earned his big break when he joined NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) as a writer and cast member. He became very popular with his funny impersonations of Larry King, David Letterman, Burt Reynolds, and Bob Dole among others. He bagged in the opportunity to anchor the segment Weekend Update, that gave his career a big boost. During this time he became famous for his sardonic and often scathingly ironic comments and insults for which he was loved and hated equally by his fans and detractors.
Also Known As: Norman Gene Macdonald
Died At Age: 57
Spouse/Ex-: Connie Macdonald
father: Percy Macdonald
mother: Ferns Macdonald (née Mains)
siblings: Leslie Macdonald, Neil MacDonald
children: Dylan Macdonald
Born Country: Canada
place of death: Pasadena, California, United States
Cause of Death: Leukemia
City: Quebec City, Canada
education: Carleton University
MacDonald was raised in Ottawa, Canada. His father served with the Canadian Army during World War II. He had two brothers.
He entered the world of comedy by performing stand-up acts at Ottawa clubs and then he started performing across Canada. In 1987 he got a chance to perform at Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.
In 1993, he joined NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) television program as a writer and a cast member. There he performed impersonations of different celebrities like Larry King, David Letterman, and Burt Reynolds which left the audience rolling on the floor.
He was fired from SNL in late 1997 as the anchor of the ‘Weekend Update’, ostensibly the reason being that MacDonald was “not funny”. However, it is widely believed that some tensions had been brewing between him and the management that resulted in him being fired.
He appeared in four episodes of the sitcom The Middle as Rusty Heck.
He is best known for being a cast member of ‘Saturday Night Live’ for five years and for anchoring the ‘Weekend Update’. During his time with SNL he became both popular and notorious for his sarcastic and mocking comments on celebrities and political issues.
He married Connie in 1988, and they had a son named Dylan. The couple parted ways in 1999.
Norm MacDonald died on 14 September 2021, from acute leukemia at the age of 61 at a hospital in Pasadena, California.
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