Macdonald was one of the funniest and most unpredictable guests on late night television. Here are excerpts from some of his most memorable appearances.
Norm Macdonald was best known for his stand-up comedy and his stint as the Weekend Update presenter on "Saturday Night Live. " But the comic, died Tuesday at 61 , was also greeted at over the years for his hilarious and unpredictable appearances ins late night shows, with several hosts Tuesday remembering him as one of their funniest guests.
Where most celebrities and public figures appear on talk shows with mundane anecdotes in order to promote something, Macdonald always came prepared with quirky jokes and stories that elicited laughter from the hosts as well as the audience ( and viewers at home), and he was faster than anyone on the couch. (Just ask Carrot Top - clip from Macdonald's improvised comic book dig at " Late Night With Conan O 'Brien was shared widely on Tuesday. )
Macdonald's stories and excerpts were sometimes peppered with sticky network TV topics and feelings, and some of his most derogatory jokes weren't there. have not aged well. He also briefly got into the hot water for his support of disgraced friends Louis CK and Roseanne in 2018, which resulted in the cancellation of a scheduled appearance on The " Tonight Jimmy Fallon Show .
Fallon was among the comics that Macdonald 's praised after the announcement of his death, calling him "one of the greatest comedians of all time.
"God, he " will miss us " Fallon continued. “He was a friend of the show - family, really, to us. "Most other hostes felt the same. Here are some of Macdonald's best late night moments.
With David Letterman
Macdonald made her network TV debut on Letterman's NBC show, "Late Night ", in 1990 and went on to be one of Letterman's favorite comics. As Letterman wrapped up his long nighttime run in 2015, Macdonald was the last stand - until done during Lett's tenureerman. ( "In all important ways, in the world of stan d-up, Norm was the best", Letterman tweeted on Tuesday .)
But perhaps his most memorable appearance was on "The Late Show ", on CBS, in 1998, just after Macdonald got fired from the Weekend office. Update from "Saturday Night Live ". Macdonald had become famous for anchoring the segment for three seasons but was abruptly withdrawn, apparently because the NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer had become exasperated by the biting jokes of Macdonald on Ohlmeyer's friend OJ Simpson.
Shortly after his dismissal was announced, Macdonald appeared on "The Late Show where Letterman lambasted Ohlmeyer, calling Macdonald" one of the funniest men working on television today ".
With Conan O 'Brien
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Although he was generally formidable clean, Macdonald was also hilarious when appearing alongside other guests, including in a extraordinary cuisine segment with O 'Brien and famous chef Gordon Ramsay, in 2009.
On 'The Tonight Show '
Macdonald was also a favorite on "The Tonight Show " from the 1990s. Macdonald 's talent for turning dark moments into comedy has never been more evident than in an appearance in 1997 with Jay Leno , which largely revolved around a story about his cat having a heart attack.
Despite the 2018 flap, Macdonald was also a frequent guest of Fallon. In 2017, he appeared on the show to promote his largely fictional book "Based on a True Story: Not a Memoir ". He also shared a diary entry from the next book he was working on, "A sequel to my first book.
Elsewhere in the Night
Macdonald's reputation as a comedian and his long career made him a favorite performer of other comics, and his appearances with friends like O 'Brien were often memorable.
Arguably the best episode of "Lights Out ", the short late night show Duration of David Spade Comedy Central, came when Spade brought Macdonald home with Dennis Miller a nd Kevin Nealon for a Weekend Update reunion.
Macdonald 's Friendship starring Jon Stewart was palpable during his appearances in "The Daily Show ”, as in an appearance in 2003 to promote his Fox sitcom, " A Minute With Stan Hooper ". As was often the case with late night entertainers, Stewart poked fun at Macdonald's well-documented gambling addiction.
But Macdonald thrived on most late night panels, regardless of host or additional guests. Macdonald and Craig Ferguson bonded over their mutual addictions, overlapping each other with tales of drunken getaways and time spent in rehab. During a visit in 2016 to the "Late Late Show " by James Corden, L Lea Michele's story about going to Disneyland for her birthday turned into a much more twisted story by Macdonald about Mickey Mouse.
As Stewart said during his 2003 Daily Show interview, "TV is better when Norm Macdonald is on it". This has never been truer than when he was on a sofa late at night.