Jim Carrey, James Corden, and other celebrities are paying respect to Norm Macdonald, a popular ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum who died of cancer at the age of 61.
After a nine-year private battle with cancer, Norm Macdonald, a comedian, actor, and former cast member of Saturday Night Live, died at the age of 61. On Sept. 14, Norm’s management company, Brillstein Entertainment, confirmed the devastating news to Deadline.
Following the news of Norm’s death, celebrities such as Seth Rogen and Jim Carrey paid tribute to him on social media, remembering him for his classic comic work.
“Oh f**k. When I first started acting, I was a tremendous fan of Norm Macdonald and practically stole off his delivery,” Seth wrote on Twitter. “I used to stay up late just to watch him on chat shows. He was the most amusing visitor of all time. Today, we lost a comic legend.
One of the greats of all time. RIP.” “My good friend Norm MacDonald perished after a brave 10 year battle,” Jim wrote on the social networking platform. He was one of our most valuable treasures. A comic genius who is both honest and brave. I’m in love with him.”
My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10 year battle. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) September 14, 2021
The second person to pay tribute to Norm was Jon Stewart. “No one could break you like Norm Macdonald,” he remarked on Twitter. Funny and one-of-a-kind. Cancer is a jerk. Whitney Cummings paid another tribute to Norm by sharing a video of Norm’s famous Bob Saget roast. Whitney stated, “Norm is the height of bravery and inventiveness.”
Norm is the pinnacle of bravery and originality. 💔 https://t.co/UfeNoEUlUv
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) September 14, 2021
Josh Gad also gave his respects, adding, “Oh come on! Damnit. This is not the norm. I’m heartbroken. One of the most underappreciated and entertaining cast members of Saturday Night Live. RIP.” Michael Rosenbaum, a Smallville alum, said he was “very sad” to learn of Norm’s death and remembered him as a “funny funny man.” He was a kind guy.”
“This shot was taken after I was a guest on Norm’s show,” Gilbert Gottfried wrote beside a vintage photo of him, Norm, and a group out to dinner. During supper, the laughter was constant. He will be greatly missed. Norm Macdonald, rest in peace.”
“In such a contentious time, even among comedians, we can all agree Norm MacDonald was the best,” Ken Jeong stated. “May you rest in peace.” Norm was also recognized by Steve Martin, who wrote on Twitter, “We adored Norm MacDonald.” “A one-of-a-kind.” SNL spokespeople and founder Lorne Michels were contacted by HollywoodLife for comment on Norm’s death.
In such a divisive time even among comedians, we can all agree Norm MacDonald was the best. Rest In Peace.💔
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) September 14, 2021
“Today is a sad day,” SNL said in a statement to HollywoodLife. We at Saturday Night Live grieve the passing of Norm Macdonald, one of the most influential comedic voices of his generation or any other. We will miss Norm in so many ways, from his unwavering honesty to his generosity to his uncanny ability to surprise us. But above all, he was just plain amusing. No one was as amusing as Norm.”
Later, during an episode of his late-night talk show on September 14, James Corden paid tribute to the late comedian. “Norm’s only goal in life was to make us laugh. And he was an absolute master at it. In the video below, James says, “There was nobody quite like him.”
From 1993 until 1998, Norm was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, where he most notably hosted the Weekend Update section for three seasons. He worked as a writer for Roseanne before joining SNL, but left to join the legendary sketch comedy series.
The Norm Show, which aired on ABC from 1999 to 2001, was Norm’s first sitcom. He most recently had his own Netflix chat show, Norm Macdonald Has a Show, which he aptly named. He also released three comedy CDs between 2006 and 2017.
Norm’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra revealed in a Deadline story that the famed comic had been battling illness for almost ten years and wanted to keep it hidden. Lori, who was with Norm when he died, stated, “He was most proud of his comedy.”
“He never wanted his disease to alter how the audience or his loved ones perceived him. Norm was a comedy in every sense of the word. He once said, “A joke should always catch someone off guard; it should never pander.” He never bowed down to anyone. Norm will be sorely missed.”