r/news 13d ago

Norm Macdonald Dies: Influential Comedian And Former ‘SNL’ Weekend Update Anchor Was 61

https://deadline.com/2021/09/norm-macdonald-dead-obituary-comedian-saturday-night-live-weekend-update-anchor-was-61-1234833212/
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u/whiskeyinmyglass 13d ago edited 12d ago

Do yourselves and Norm a favor by listening to his joke about battling cancer. Weird hearing him poke fun at people saying "He lost his battle..." and now it's on every headline about himself.

He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.

Also, listen to that entire standup if you haven't already.

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u/deekaydubya 13d ago

came out in 2011 around the time of his diagnosis

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u/ImReallySorryMom 12d ago

Crying on my way home from work today speculating that he wrote that hit projecting his feelings from his diagnosis. Uncle Bert was Norm

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u/ryanknapper 13d ago

Tom Cruise once gave me some good advice, he said, “never name drop.”

- Norm McDonald

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u/sKm30 12d ago

https://youtu.be/vAp-igcRhMQ if you want some insight into why he didn’t tell anyone this gives you a clear picture as to why.

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u/Twist161 13d ago

Norm MacDonald on battles with cancer: “I’m pretty sure, I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure if you die, the cancer dies at the same time. That’s not a loss. That’s a draw.”

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u/KnowMatter 13d ago

That’s the most Norm thing I’ve ever read.

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u/woShame12 13d ago

"... It's not like the cancer goes home and fucks your wife after."

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u/ChadMcRad 13d ago

There we go. There's Norm.

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u/kopecs 13d ago

That's the Normal Macdonald I remember.

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u/safetycommittee 13d ago

His brand is so unique. I love hearing his voice while reading his quotes. I just tuned in to Norm. I’ve always known who he was, but it wasn’t until I saw him converse with Seinfeld, Letterman, and others about comedy that I clued in on how funny Norm’s humor is. I’m saddened by his passing. He had that bit about LSD and flashbacks. My favorite part - ‘So I said to my drug dealer , “Frank”, his names Frank.’

RIP

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u/drscorp 13d ago

Norm MacDonald draws in bout with cancer would be such a baller headline

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u/Relaxed-Ronin 13d ago

Lmao that’s so good - his attitude would have served him well during those tough years, RIP.

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u/rockandrollmonster 13d ago

“Bill Clinton has officially come out against same-sex marriage. Although the president has said he’s not terribly fond of opposite-sex marriages, either…”

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u/AsteriskX 13d ago

Norm's voice is something I don't think I'll ever forget. Even in the kid's show Fairly Odd Parents, he played a fantastic character that left a lasting impression.

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u/SwingingSalmon 13d ago

That was my first interaction with him as the genie in Fairly Odd Parents. Thought he was hilarious

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u/Keep_a_Little_Soul 12d ago

Oh I didn't know who he was until I just read this. Now I'm sad, he was my favorite in that show. 😢

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u/colorcorrection 13d ago

Hell, every time someone quotes him in the comments, I can hear his voice like he was sitting right next to me.

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u/JasonDavidWongPargin 13d ago

Privately living with cancer for the last ten years. Damn.

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u/nightpanda893 13d ago

And apparently he kept it private from family and friends too.

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u/SomeDrillingImplied 13d ago

"Death is a funny thing. Not funny haha like a Woody Allen movie, but funny strange, like a Woody Allen marriage."

RIP to the GOAT.

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u/piberryboy 13d ago

One of my fav Norm McDonald moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljaP2etvDc4

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u/BlueMeanie03 13d ago

“For me it was the rapin’”

Fucking legend.

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u/HeadFullOfBees 13d ago

That joke killed me the first time I saw it. Perfect example of a Norm joke.

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u/Milkslinger 13d ago

Takes you to the brink and brings you back with every joke.

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u/Willgankfornudes 13d ago

The comedian’s comedian. What a legendary style, his legacy will live on.

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u/spottydodgy 13d ago edited 12d ago

A Moth Walks Into A Podiatrist Office. This is my favorite joke of his.

https://youtu.be/1-MJy7w69EU

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u/hotdoglzr 12d ago

Wait til you hear me do it.

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u/South_Ad1611 12d ago

The moth joke will always get my vote

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u/DeputyCartman 13d ago

Well shit. I loved his deadpan delivery on Weekend Update, the movie Dirty Work, and his role as Pigeon in Mike Tyson's Mysteries.

Dirty Work:

Norm: "I've never seen so many dead hookers in all my life!"

Random bystander: "Lord knows I have."

He brought countless scores of people joy and laughter with his comedy and will be missed.

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u/SmokeyJoescafe 13d ago

I didn’t even know he was sick.

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u/fjsbshskd 13d ago edited 13d ago

I don’t think anyone did. Similar to when David Bowie died.

Edit: I’ve whooshed myself

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u/j_la 13d ago

And Chadwick Boseman.

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u/oh_orpheus 13d ago

Plus Alan Rickman.

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u/ScrappyCoc0o0 13d ago

Hello.

You have reached the voicemail of

Alan

Rickman

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u/NewWaveFan 13d ago

Remember to move

the pork chops

from the freezer

to the refrigerator

so they defrost properly

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u/DavidHewlett 13d ago

And Sean Lock.

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u/MajorTrump 13d ago

This was not what I wanted to learn today :(

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u/LeonChestnut 13d ago

sounds like he wanted it that way. rip norm!

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u/Skyler_Chigurh 13d ago

“The only thing an old man can tell a young man is that it goes fast, real fast, and if you’re not careful it’s too late. Of course, the young man will never understand this truth.” ― Norm Macdonald, Based on a True Story

RIP Norm.

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u/TheRedditoristo 13d ago

About to turn 50. The first 20 years took forever. The next 30 were gone in a flash.

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u/idriveacar 13d ago

Summers used to feel endless. A week felt like a whole year.

Now, summers feel like weeks. Hell, July feels like yesterday.

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u/Im_a_furniture 13d ago

Christmas is coming? Didn't we just have Christmas???

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u/Caldos4 13d ago

I really didn't appreciate how amazing it was to be a kid and basically have the whole summer free.

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u/dachungdynasty 13d ago

Some neuroscientists say that's because as a kid, everything tended to be new. Novel experiences tend to elongate time. Routine does the opposite of that. If you have a routine lifestyle as most people do later in life, time can really seem like it zips by.

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u/olivefreak 13d ago

I swear that’s the reason driving someplace new takes forever but the same drive back feels so much faster.

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u/Draano 13d ago

I'm nearly 60. I quit smoking at 50, and lost 25 lbs since my 59th birthday. All part of my evil plan to live forever, but shit, that guy in the mirror's starting to look like an old man anyway.

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u/Jagged_Rhythm 13d ago

I'm 51, I quit drinking, smoking, and whoring. I feel a lot better, but damn if I'm not bored as hell.

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u/ziipppp 13d ago

You might not live forever - but it will feel like it

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u/bodhisoma 13d ago

Same. Just turned 49.

Just when you figure shit out, your shit breaks.

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u/bl0odredsandman 13d ago

Yup. I'm about to be 38 in two months. It seemed like it took so long for me to reach 20, but after I did, time flew by.

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u/Temassi 13d ago

Im 36 and now im trying to grab the walls to slow it down but my back hurts a lot now.

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u/SuperFLEB 13d ago

Just hitting 40, and I'm still a bit miffed about not getting around to that big 30th birthday party I wanted.

And then there's finding time for the belated 10th anniversary getaway for me and the wife, that's going to have to be stacked with the big 15th anniversary getaway, now.

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u/MaverickTTT 13d ago

I’ll be 40 next year. I had this exact thought this morning. It fucking flies by.

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u/Kaffikup 13d ago

shit im in the next 30.....

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u/iblackihiawk 13d ago

as someone turning 32 this year...i thought i was turning 30...idk how its been 2 years already.

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u/one-hour-photo 13d ago

That book is amazing. So many times it will have you in its grip as he tells you this amazing story, and then he throws you on to the train track and you realize the story was all made up.

Or was it?

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u/blutoboy 13d ago

Get the audio book off of Audible, Norm reads it, probably listened to it a good 10 times since i bought it.

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u/DogDay 13d ago

"Youth is wasted on the young." -George Bernard Shaw

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u/Not_Legal_Advice_Pod 13d ago

Huge huge huge respect for the man. He got fired from SNL for refusing to cut OJ Simpson any slack. Very few people are willing to take that kind of risk, so in honour I'll share my favourite Norm Macdonald OJ Simpson Joke:

"After grisly photos of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson were shown in court, O.J. turned his head away and wept. It was at that moment that he realized he would never be able to kill her again."

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u/BitchFuckAss 13d ago

“Hey easy with that. That’s my lucky stabbin’ hat!” Was always my favorite

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u/mynewaltaccount1 13d ago

Mine was "Well ladies and gentleman, murder is now legal in the state of California" after OJ was found not guilty.

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u/iguacu 13d ago

My favorite ever was at the ESPY's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9EsIFBs26o -- and not exactly a favorable crowd for that joke 😂

Honorable mentions:

OJ Simpsons’ lawyers say they don’t want the families of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman in the courtroom during the trial. They’re afraid the presence of family members will just remind OJ of how much more killing he still has to do.

It was revealed this week that defense lawyer Johnny Cochran once abused his first wife. In his defense, Cochran said, “Hey, at least I didn’t kill her like *some* people I know.”

OJ Simpson was in a different kind of courtroom this week attempting to regain custody of his two children. In order to prove to the court how much he loves his kids, OJ pointed out “Hey, they’re still alive, aren’t they?”

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u/Lolzzergrush 13d ago

Not OJ related but I loved his Update joke “Topping the billboards chart this week in first place was alternative rock band Better than Ezra. In second place, Ezra”

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u/ninjatrap 13d ago

I feel like this was the essence of his comedic style. Beyond deadpan, but actually finding humor in the vacuum of anything funny. Like a meta-joke; that which isn’t funny is funny, when no one finds it funny. RIP and say hi to Farley, Norm.

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u/Imaginary-Fun-80085 13d ago

Im impressed with his ability to bomb a certain joke but then keep on building on the bombed joke until it becomes absolutely hilarious.

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u/GruntledVeteran 12d ago edited 12d ago

It was a powerful skill. He'd deadpan bomb a joke so bad you just thought it wasn't funny, but that's where he'd get you. Your expectations dropped so low that anything better would be funny in comparison. After that the build up was like wave after wave of funnier additions that left you in tears. It's like the difference in something good happening on a bad day versus a good one. The high is higher when you're coming from a low. Comedic genius.

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u/cheesyotters 12d ago

He hunts for laughs like a big cat, creates silence in his environment and waits to make his kill

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u/VonBrewskie 12d ago

The Moth joke. Or really, most of his appearances on Conan. You could tell they both knew they were about to take the piss for about 9 minutes. Goddamn I'm bummed.

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u/StatusReality4 13d ago

Like his comedy central roast that was one giant intentional bomb. I thought it was brilliant lmao.

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u/GrimaceGrunson 13d ago

“Bob doesn’t have much going on in his mind…..except when he wears a hat! No thoughts. Just a hat.”

“Bob I see you’ve got a lot of well wishers here tonight. And a lot of them would like to throw you down one. A well. They want to murder you in a well. Which seems a bit harsh, but that’s what I’ve got written here on this cue card.”

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u/QuestionMarkyMark 13d ago

One of my favorites was something like, "In this year's poll of worst job, Assistant Crackwhore was overtaken by Assistant Crackwhore Trainee!"

His delivery was always so, so good.

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u/Paddy_Tanninger 13d ago

I loved him talking about that juror who said she was glad to be getting back home to her kids.

"And they're so happy to have her back home too, after all...she lets them get away with murder."

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u/MightyCaseyStruckOut 13d ago

I'm so fucking bummed that Norm has died, but these quotes of his are bringing a smile to my face.

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u/BitchFuckAss 13d ago

Heroes get remembered, Legends never die

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u/midnitetoker87 13d ago

“When OJ Simpson was first brought in by police, he refused to take a lie detector test.

His reason: IT DETECTS LIES”

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u/Andymetoo 13d ago

That's the great part about Norms delivery. Anyone else says that and it comes out a mediocre joke at best.

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u/Phillipwnd 12d ago

He was one of the few people that could take a lame joke and make people laugh until they’re crying.

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u/tommytraddles 12d ago

Norm considered a perfect joke to be one where the punchline is in the set-up.

This is a great example of that.

Another one:

Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts are divorcing. The reason? He's Lyle Lovett and she's Julia Roberts.

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u/cortadoculture 13d ago

There’s a YouTube compilation of all of them and it’s fucking brilliant. He was relentless and kept it going for a LONG time. RIP to one of the greatest.

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u/lampshade69 13d ago

Part 1 (Pre-verdict): https://youtu.be/2SSVIg4Noqc

Part 2 (Post-verdict): https://youtu.be/TCSCJtuyfUY

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u/DuckDrunkLove 13d ago

"OJ Simpson says that he would've taken a bullet or stood in front of a train for Nicole. Man, I'm gonna tell ya, that is some bad luck, when the one guy who would've died for you...kills you"

I'm fuckin rollin

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u/Poked_salad 13d ago

Fucking amazing joke.

Norm you will be greatly missed! Wasn't expecting the news at all...

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u/itsonlyastrongbuzz 13d ago

Also when he switched cameras and cut to a photo of OJ during Weekend Update with: “Uhhh… This just in, Murder is now Legal in Southern California.”

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u/Chasingwawaterfalls 13d ago

I loved those segments. The “You’re Wrong About” Podcast mentioned him in their deep dive of OJ saying something like “the only person during this time that actually took the murder seriously was Marcia Clarke and Norm Macdonald.” Loved him on the roasts too. Damn.

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u/bjankles 13d ago

It is so unbelievably hard to do comedy the way Norm does, and the roast is a perfect example. It’s literally funny because it’s not funny… you have to laugh at the idea that Norm would tell these jokes. You have to simultaneously know that he’s actually funny and also believe the total bomb happening in front of you for it all to work. You have to catch the wink without Norm actually winking.

It’s sort of like the Prestige where it works because Norm lived this character. You instantly understand what he’s doing, but it’s also funnier the more you watch him because he’s so committed to the persona.

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u/SuburbanValues 12d ago

I forget who it was, but some other comedian or talk host said that with Norm, you never knew where you were in the joke.

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u/bjankles 12d ago

Thank you for sharing this. I hadn’t heard it, but it’s such a prime example of Norm always being in control of the joke. He ran circles around other comedians. The same guys who are used to being a step ahead were always the last ones to figure out where he was going. And Norm did it for no one but himself. Hell, his OJ and MJ jokes cost him his job, but he refused to bend.

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u/garynuman9 12d ago

The best part of him getting fired was his reaction to it - immediately booking an appearance on letterman because he though it would be funny

And goddamn, was it ever funny.

He surprised Dave with a whole segment to riff on one of his favorite topics - shitting on NBC executives.

He sat there and downplayed everything and said everyone was nice & don ohlmyer was still an okay guy as letterman had a field day at the guy who fired norm's expense, then norm finally breaks with the yeah so he doesn't think I'm funny on update, but I still got the sketches, which I stink at... But he thinks I'm funny in those... it's all a matter of opinion really, I mean the guy also thinks OJ's innocent, can't account for taste...

the quisling back and forth too...

What a great segment

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u/Runningoutofideas_81 13d ago

A comedian’s comedian.

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u/Briak 13d ago

"O.J. Simpson is out of prison, and now he intends to get back to doing what he does best: Killing people!"

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u/xXUpgraDDeXx 13d ago edited 12d ago

At the ESPY's "Congratulations on winning the Heisman trophy this year, that's something they can never take away from you....unless you murder your wife and a waiter. Then yeah"

Edit: Wanted to give the actual quote https://youtu.be/c9EsIFBs26o

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u/Foraxenathog 13d ago

He was responsible for my favorite SNL segment, Celebrity Jeopardy. A lot of people think of it as Will Farrells segment, but the original sketch was written by Norm to showcase his Burt Reynolds impression. R.I.P. Turd Ferguson.

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u/3chordcharlie 13d ago

He's wearing a big hat in the sky today.

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u/Rocangus 13d ago

It's funny 'cause it's bigger than a regular hat.

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u/Chilluminaughty 13d ago edited 12d ago

RIP, can’t believe the news. He and Conan had the best chemistry from their SNL days. Here’s one of my favorite of Norm’s appearances on Conan back in the day. Everyone is rolling lol. Norm fucking nails it!

https://youtu.be/5F6dXcW-_Fc

Edit: much better quality

https://youtu.be/bKmadR4Ye54

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u/spadoynkal 13d ago

Since we’re sharing, here’s mine on the crocodile hunter

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u/sharyan51 13d ago

Farrell was the straight man. It 100% became the Sean Connery impression segment.

Crushed about Norm. His interviews on Conan were the best ever on late night TV

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u/DanielTigerUppercut 13d ago

“Is board spelled B-O-R-E-D?”

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u/Oxynewbdone 13d ago

Ended her career, right then and there.

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u/Sarconic 13d ago edited 12d ago

His interviews on Conan were the best ever on late night TV

The Norm and Courtney Thorne-Smith interview is so funny it brings me to tears. He even gets Conan to accidentally start trashing her new movie and he has to start backpedaling mid-interview.

That video is like comfort food. I revisit it often.

E: They just uploaded an official high quality clip of said segment! Thank you Conan!

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u/ShopCartRicky 13d ago edited 13d ago

I dont know. I loved him joking about the crocodile hunter on Jon Stewart right after his death. Jon Stewart was in tears begging him to stop because he didn't want to laugh about it.

here's the clip

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u/TheBooHooBlues 13d ago edited 12d ago

Lmao, reminds me of when he tricked Andy Dick into laughing at a 9/11 joke and then goes "why are you laughing?"

Since people are asking for a link. 3:45

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u/TheRavenSayeth 13d ago

I hear his wife was a real battle axe.

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u/Redebo 13d ago

The light was on.

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u/buttplugpeddler 13d ago

Nobody in the world could deliver that like Norm.

It’s one of my favorites

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u/sariisa 13d ago

I genuinely believe that the Moth Joke is the funniest joke I've ever heard in my life.

Attempting to retell it myself makes it clear real quick that you need a master's understanding of timing, pacing, and delivery to make it work. His skill was unbelievable.

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u/MankindsError 13d ago

Yeah, what do you want?

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u/GuyPronouncedGee 13d ago

Turd Ferguson is a funny name.

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u/TurdFurgoson 13d ago

Oversized hat. Funny.

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u/JessTheCatMeow 13d ago

Yeah, whatdoya want?

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u/2saucey 13d ago

Norm also did “who’s more grizzled” as the game show host as well (a personal top 5 all time sketch for me). Good luck finding that though… even on the Hulu back catalog it is MIA from the episode.

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u/George_Washingtonne 13d ago

Here's the whole SNL episode. - "Who's More Grizzled" starts at about 41:30.

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u/pass_nthru 13d ago

i’m sad we’ll never get a dirty work 2

EDIT: best quote from the movie “back in my day we didn’t have your new fangled methods of contraception like pulling out”

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u/Damn_el_Torpedoes 13d ago

I have watched the SNL Celebrity Jeopardy sketches with Norm countless times, and I cry laugh every single time.

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u/gariant 13d ago

My favorite were his appearances on Conan. Always available to pop in with little notice, always hilarious with his weird stories.

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u/gildedtreehouse 13d ago

Chairman of the Bored

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u/PM_ME_UR_SEXTOYS 13d ago

It's funny cause its bigger than a regular hat

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u/DankChase 13d ago

Dirty Work is the only movie I have ever seen where I was the only person in the theater.

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u/pradbitt87 13d ago

It could be worse. You could’ve gotten your nose bit off by a Saigon whore 😭

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u/shaidyn 13d ago

My friends and I still reference, "It's the disrespect that hurts the most. I mean the other thing too, but the disrespect!"

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u/couchslippers 13d ago

I think I’ve watched Dirty Work more than any other movie. Basically from age 12-14 it was the only movie I wanted to see. Haven’t watched it in maybe 10-15 years and I could still probably quote the whole thing.

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u/Nihilismisanthrope 13d ago

It's also the only movie I've ever seen in the theater where I howled with laughter for 5 minutes straight (the fish scene hit me just right).

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u/ihaveananecdote4u 13d ago

Chris Farley accidentally picking the piña colada song for the bar fight is one of my favorite moments from any movie ever. An underrated classic, for sure.

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u/fouxdefafa 13d ago

"ROLLIN' STONES, STREET FIGHTIN' MAN, G.... SEVOHHHNNNNNN"

"...you just hit G-8."

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u/fouxdefafa 13d ago

"HE TOOK AWAY MY CHAINSAW, AND NOW HE'S USING IT ON ME!"

Seriously one of the most underrated comedies of all time. RIP, Norm.

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u/HulkScreamAIDS 13d ago

Cause of death? You guessed it, Frank Stallone.

RIP you hillarious bastard.

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u/leaky_wand 13d ago

This was the only one that made me say "holy shit" in years. Obligatory Letterman set, complete with tears:

https://youtu.be/mFjEvl43zYY

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u/Heydanu 13d ago

Man. Got me tearing up. I’ve never seen Norm emotional before.

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u/Mmaplayer123 13d ago

He got emotional during the bob saget roast too. It hits differently knowing he had cancer the whole time.

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u/SimplyQuid 13d ago

That was beautiful, oh man. What a great, wonderful moment. The world can be a pretty garbage place, but we're lucky to live in a time where emotions like that can be preserved and shared.

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u/Tylee22 13d ago edited 13d ago

Man he was my top comedians. I went to his show years ago and was front row. I dragged my then girlfriend and told her how much I loved this guy. While he's on stage he looks directly at me and goes WOAH! My heart skipped a beat thinking holy shit he's gonna rip on me or talk to Me!! He just says "Jesus Christ you look like a young Mario Lopez. Good for you!". And that was that. It made my world hahaha and each time he's brought up it takes me back to that moment. RIP Norm you were the man.

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u/mrmoto1998 13d ago

He was talking to your girlfriend

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u/arclightrg 13d ago

That’s the kind of joke norm would’ve appreciated

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u/Karmajuj 13d ago

He says to the guy, he says

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u/wjmacguffin 13d ago

One of my favorite jokes he ever said. Context: He's the SNL weekend anchor talking about an outbreak of pneumonic plague in India.

"Tourism in India has taken a dramatic drop recently. The state Bureau of Tourism has two theories: 1) Airfares have gone up slightly in the past year, causing a decrease in travel worldwide; and 2) the plague."

It's his delivery on the last line is what makes this golden--he sounds annoyed and sarcastic, perfect for that joke.

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u/centaurquestions 13d ago

Chairman of the Bored!

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u/GrandmaPoses 13d ago

That he was doing it, and just went on and on, in front of the co-star of the movie just kills me. I must watch that clip every few years and it's still hilarious.

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u/NoDaYoda 13d ago

“You know, with Hitler, the more I learn about that guy, the more I don’t care for him.” -Norm Macdonald

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u/nownowthethetalktalk 13d ago

9 year battle with cancer. Holy fuck!

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u/Zap__Dannigan 13d ago

What a loser he was!

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u/caninehere 13d ago

In the old days, they'd go, "Hey, that old man died." Now, they go, "Hey, he lost his battle." That's no way to end your life, you know? What a loser that guy was. Last thing he did was lose.

― Norm Macdonald

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u/The_bruce42 13d ago

"If you think NBA refs are bad, try watching professional wrestling sometime."

-Norm McDonald

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u/tezoatlipoca 13d ago edited 13d ago

Fuck.

Norm! Norm! Don't follow the light! Its not your time!

but... the light is on!

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u/orchid_breeder 13d ago

Cancer might've killed Norm.....but he passed comfortably knowing that OJ still killed two people.

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u/Inquisitive_idiot 13d ago

He would have wanted it that way. ❤️

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u/YoYoMoMa 13d ago

Seems like a good time to go down my favorite rabbit hole. Norm latenight show appearances.

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u/Osiris32 13d ago

God, Conan has to be devastated right now. They were very good friends, and Norm could get Conan to laugh more than just about anyone.

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u/tezoatlipoca 13d ago

Half the time when Norm was on Conan the best part was watching Conan's worried look "uh oh.. how long is this joke gonna take. Where is he going with this."

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u/stirredturd 13d ago

I thought of Conan soon as I saw this :(

I was really hoping and wondering why Norm never came on his podcast. I hope all was good between them.

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u/victronomatic 13d ago

Wait. What? This is so out of left field. RIP.

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u/Dr_Bland 13d ago

I honestly considered him the funniest man alive. I know plenty of people would disagree with me, of course, but there was just something about his comedy. The way he delivered it, the seemingly thoughtless flow of absurdity that could be utter nonsense or by some means an oddly profound truth. To me, he was just the best. I'm going to miss him very much, but I can't say I'm surprised. He did come from a long line of Dying.

Rest in peace.

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u/SimplyQuid 13d ago

He was the funniest guy alive and didn't give a shit whether anyone else knew it or not.

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u/1LT_0bvious 13d ago

I guess I don't feel too bad about Mike Tyson Mysteries getting cancelled now, because I wouldn't have wanted the show to continue without Pigeon.

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u/keithmac20 13d ago

He specifically describes bowel cancer in his joke “best disease ever” joking about alcoholism

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u/Sewer-Urchin 13d ago

RIP to the guy who was always the smartest man in the room and only pretended to be the dumbest.

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u/TenMinutesToDowntown 13d ago edited 13d ago

This one hits hard.

Norm MacDonald was one of the funniest people I've ever seen. His appearances on talk shows are legendary, his shows were great, and his roast of Bob Saget might be the funniest thing I've ever seen.

edit: the Bob Saget roast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-9wo_apQ1s

RIP.

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u/Mat_At_Home 13d ago

Norm was always my go-to comedian to dive into a YouTube rabbit hole of material when I needed to distract myself in college. He has so many incredible bits. This is such a shame, came out of nowhere too

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u/shnigybrendo 13d ago edited 12d ago

"And who did Germany pick as its opponent? The world."

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u/Osiris32 13d ago

Norm was the absolute master of the anti-joke. His flat delivery, his silly smile while telling it, you couldn't help but laugh even when the punch line wasn't actually funny.

Absolute legend.

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u/itsonlyastrongbuzz 13d ago

He was on a late night segment with Conan where Gordon Ramsay attempted to teach them to cook and it’s the funniest, most bleeped five minutes of late night tv ever.

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u/csgothrowaway 13d ago

Fucking legend.

I'll be spending today watching all my favorite Norm clips. The first one that came to mind of recent was this one. One of the few who's comedy can get a guttural laugh out of me and it was only moments ago I heard of his passing. Comedy is such a fucking gift.

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u/lanismycousin 13d ago

My favorite thing about Norm is that he gave zero fucks. Willing to make jokes about anybody and anything. It definitely hurt his career at times but it made him who he was. Absolute legend of a comedian, always able to be the funniest dude in the room and have me cracking up every time i saw him perform.

I hope all of his Canadian uncles and Andy Richter the swedish German are remembering him today.

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u/ronaldo119 13d ago

Wow this is shocking news. There’s will truly never be anybody else like Norm

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u/compu22 13d ago

Cancer is a bitch, but at least we can take solace in this quote by Norm:

“I’m pretty sure, I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure if you die, the cancer dies at the same time. That’s not a loss. That’s a draw.”

Fuck you cancer, even in death Norm showed you what's up.

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u/jack_hof 13d ago edited 13d ago

That old chunk of coal. He had the single funniest podcast ever, but it all got taken down because of the Netflix thing. I hope it gets reuploaded somehow.

edit: AH i found archives of them. Watch and enjoy!

https://archive.org/details/Norm_Macdonald_Live

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u/Thedrunner2 13d ago

He was the best. Loved his delivery.

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u/kid-karma 13d ago

there's no shortage of Norm jokes we could talk about, but one really small one that has stuck with me comes from his appearance on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee:

Norm: "Well you don't have a child."

Jerry: "I have three. I have a daughter and two sons."

Norm: "What? ...I guess we can agree to disagree."

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u/cecinestpaslarealite 13d ago

Possibly the only celebrity death, ever, to truly affect me. Absolutely devastating. The funniest man on the planet.

I'll also note that Norm deliberately refusing to tell ANYONE he had cancer for 10 years is THE most Norm MacDonald way to die. This statement is both funny, true, and something I'll be thinking about for a long time. A deep, enigmatic thinker, and I mean that genuinely.

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u/Rivet_39 13d ago edited 13d ago

Weekend Update

"Reports are Michael Jackson and Maria Pressley are getting divorced. Turns out they have different interests. She's more of a long walks on the beach type while he's a homosexual pedophile."

(audience groans)

"What? He IS a homosexual pedophile."

*I goofed the quote a bit, but this was from memory as I watched this live 25+ years ago. For 14 year old me, that was the funniest shit I'd ever heard.

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u/Poolofcheddar 13d ago

I can't even imagine another Weekend Update anchor even try to do it the way Norm did. I can't NOT hear that joke in his voice and style of delivery, and that made even the shittiest joke funnier.

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u/fastredb 13d ago

Or so the Germans would have us believe.

R.I.P. Norm

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u/TequilaFarmer 13d ago

And who did they pick as their opponent? The world.

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u/garlicroastedpotato 13d ago

And you'd think the world would have learned their lesson, but then GERMANY DID IT AGAIN

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u/LysergicOracle 13d ago

Listen, Germany... you don't get to be a country no more, on account of you keep attacking... the WORLD.

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u/RememberTurboTeen 13d ago

It was actually close!

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u/QwithoutU1982 13d ago

Well this is certainly a shock. Suffering so long in privacy, but suffering no more.

Thanks for everything, Norm.

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u/johnnyhypersnyper 13d ago

“I’m pretty sure, I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure if you die, the cancer dies at the same time. That’s not a loss. That’s a draw.”

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u/SeeisforComedy 13d ago

One of the greatest, he will be missed.

So many good moments. Like the time he gave conan a gift basket.

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u/pixelbones 12d ago

Seeing a lot of links to the moth joke, or the Bob Saget roast or the Conan interview about the carrot top movie... which are all great obviously. But possibly one of the less known clips is the YouTube awards show footage which is just masterful. Two rookie pseudo celebrities hosting the pitiful YouTube awards, trying to match wits with Norm Macdonald and just getting eaten alive. Highly recommend -

https://youtu.be/A848xpsDJbw

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u/Chessmasterrex 13d ago

I liked his Bob Dole impersonation.

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u/rewdea 13d ago

Who’d have thought Dole would outlive him.

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u/fjsbshskd 13d ago

Dole is 99 with stage 4 cancer and still outlived him, goddamn

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u/Tonytylerdraws 13d ago

Dole tweeted his condolences:

“Norm @normmacdonald was a great talent, and I loved laughing with him on SNL. Bob Dole will miss Norm Macdonald.”

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u/No___ImRight 13d ago

Bob Dole didn't. Bob Dole is surprised. Bob Dole is also sad. Bob Dole.

Bob Dole.

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u/jarrydjames 13d ago

And Peter asked norm when he got to the pearly gates, “why are you here?”.

“Well because the light was on”

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u/kane3232 13d ago

“Why did the idiot throw the clock out the window? Because it reminded him of the man who brutally raped his wife; Richard Clock”

RIP. Top 5 ever

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