Norm MacDonald was a comic’s comic. He would tell long, winding stories that ended in incredibly ridiculous ways. He was dry. He was Canadian. He didn’t play by the rules of showbusiness. He made fun of OJ Simpson so relentlessly, he got fired from SNL. And today, we’ve learned he died after a 9-year battle with cancer.
If you want to know how revered he was, watch how frequently he makes his fellow comedians laugh so hard, they cry. On one of David Letterman’s final “Late Show” episodes, MacDonald himself began crying when he spoke of how much Letterman meaned to him.
We loved Norm MacDonald. One of a kind. https://t.co/0sXoCLEtuG
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) September 14, 2021
No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald. Hilarious and unique. Fuck cancer.
— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) September 14, 2021
This photo was taken after I was a guest on Norm’s show. At dinner the laughs just continued nonstop. He will be missed. RIP Norm Macdonald pic.twitter.com/DToJCUBdU2
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) September 14, 2021
Of the many addictive rabbit holes you can disappear down on the internet, the most pleasurable is ‘Norm MacDonald chat show appearances’. Thanks for all the laughs Norm, very sorry to see you go. https://t.co/ahxZNRdJEw
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 14, 2021
Norm is the pinnacle of bravery and originality. 💔 https://t.co/UfeNoEUlUv
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) September 14, 2021
Norm was in a comedy genre of his own. No one like him on this planet. Please do yourself a favor and watch his stuff. He was one of a kind of all time
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 14, 2021
Never forget this Norm Macdonald appearance on Conan in 1997 — with Courtney Thorne-Smith.
Hilarious. All of it.
Rest In Peace, Norm…pic.twitter.com/LQRMT3fCN7
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 14, 2021