Quebec comedian Norm McDonald, who rose to the heights of “Saturday Night Live” fame from Toronto-Canadian nightclubs, has died at the age of 61 after a personal battle with cancer.
Representatives for his management agency Brillstein Entertainment Partners confirmed the death on Tuesday, saying no further information was available.
The revelation came as a shock to many as McDonald did not share his diagnosis with his fans.
The Quebec City-raised standup was best known for his stint on “Saturday Night Live” from 1993 to 1998, where he would appear behind the “Weekend Update” desk to mock the latest news events.
He made an impression of Burt Reynolds as a contestant on “Jeopardy”, one of his most beloved characters.
Yuk Yuk co-founder Mark Breslin said that Macdonald’s sheer star power was evident from his early days on the Canadian comedy circuit, where he had created a unique voice from the beginning, impressing his peers.
“He combined a brief delivery and a deadpan look, and yet he had such a great sparkle in his blue eyes to tell you everything was a joke,” Breslin said.
“And it was a really powerful combination of all those things.”
Macdonald accumulated a devoted following among comedy fans for his ribald rejection of easy punchlines.
He will appear in several films with his former “SNL” cast, including Adam Sandler in “Billy Madison” and Rob Schneider in “The Animals”.
Macdonald also led the 1998 Hollywood comedy “Dirty Work” directed by Bob Saget, where he played one of two friends who start a revenge business. The film was a box-office flop, but gained a cult following after its release on home video.
Later in his career, he would host his own Netflix talk show “Norm McDonald Has a Show” and voice the character of Dove on “Mike Tyson Mysteries”.
by David Friend and Adina Bresge
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times