The enthusiastic and sometimes controversial comedian Norm Macdonald, familiar to millions as the “Weekend Update” anchor for Saturday Night Live from 1994 to 1998, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday. rice field. He was 61 years old.
His manager, Mark Grüwitz, confirmed his death. His longtime producing partner, Lori Joe Hookstra, told Deadline that the cause was cancer.
McDonald’s had a dead-pan style sharpened on a stand-up circuit, first in his native Canada and then in the United States. By 1990, he had routines on “Late Night with David Letterman” and other shows, but in 1993, he was a Canadian companion, Lorne Michaels, for the work of “Saturday Night Live.” There was a big break to interview.
“Even though we were welcomed from the same country, we knew that the world was far away,” McDonald wrote in “Based on the True Story: Not a Memoirs” (2016). I am. “He was a cosmopolito from Toronto, mundane and comfortable around the Queen of England himself. I was born in the barren, rocky soils of the Otawa Valley, where the wealthiest man in town was a barber. It was a chick. “
He got a job and was in the anchor chair in the “Weekend Update” segment by the following year. (In the sketch, he impersonated Burt Reynolds and Bob Dole and played other characters.) But in early 1998, he was kicked out of the same anchor chair. I’ve been plagued by McDonald’s relentless ridicule of his friend OJ Simpson.
A complete obituary will be published shortly.