Norm Macdonald, whose laconic delivery of sharp and incisive observations made him one of Saturday Night Live‘s most influential and beloved cast members, died today after a nine-year private battle with cancer. He was 61.
Macdonald’s death was announced to Deadline by his management firm Brillstein Entertainment. The comedian’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him when died, said Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade but was determined to keep his health struggles private, away from family, friends and fans.
This in my view, as well as many others, is all time peak Macdonald. The infamous moment with Courtney Thorne-Smith doing her best to promote her terrible movie with Carrot Top was too much for him to resist. You can just see how much fun he is having with it.
He wasn’t everyone’s style of comedian. He was aggressively anti-political and certainly wasn’t nice or anyone’s “ally.” He was just a hilarious dick. RIP.