The Comedy World Reacts To Norm Macdonald’s Passing

By Scott King, Contributor
MANHATTAN, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Comedian Norm MacDonald poses for a portrait while preparing to perform at Carolines on Broadway in Manhattan, NY, on November 13, 2015. (Photo by Yana Paskova/For The Washington Post via Getty Images) The Washington Post via Getty Images

Norm Macdonald, a longtime comedian who was a beloved “Weekend Update” anchor and late night TV guest, passed away after a nine-year battle with cancer at the age of 61 on Tuesday. The news was reported by several outlets citing the comic’s manager. Deadline was the first to report on the tragedy.

Titans in the comedy world weighed in on what the unparalleled stand up meant to them on Tuesday after the news broke.

Conan O’Brien

Norm was a frequent and memorable guest on every incarnation of Conan’s show. The appearance in which Macdonald told “The Moth Joke” gained the most recognition.

Adam Sandler

Sandler, who worked at SNL during its 19th season with Norm, frequently put Macdonald in his films. The first was 1995’s Billy Madison.

Artie Lange

Norm met Artie filming 1998’s cult classic comedy “Dirty Work” and the two went on to shoot two sitcoms together. He brought Lange onto a Howard Stern Show appearance with him in January 8, 1998 that helped land Lange the Stern Show’s highly-coveted third mic role that catapulted Artie’s career until substance abuse issues worsened for Lange.

David Letterman

Dave was one of Norm’s heroes. The sentiment was clear when Macdonald got emotional after a strong stand up set on his last Late Show with David Letterman appearance near the end of Dave’s run.

Bob Saget

Saget directed Dirty Work and Norm’s against-the-grain set at Bob’s 2008 Comedy Central roast is another of his most talked about moments.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey appeared on an episode of Norm’s YouTube and podcast series Norm Macdonald Live.

Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers voiced an emotional tribute to Norm on Tuesday night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.


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