The acerbic, sometimes controversial comedian has become familiar to millions of people as the host of 1994 to 1998.
Norm Macdonald, the acerbic, sometimes controversial comedian familiar to millions of people as the host of "Weekend Update " on "Saturday Night Live " from 1994 to 1998, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 61 years old.
His manager, Marc Gurvitz, confirmed the death. Lori Jo Hoekstra, her longtime production partner, told Deadline the cause was cancer, a problem thathe had been confronted for some time but had kept much of it private.
Mr. . Macdonald had an impassive style sharpened on the stand-up circuit, first in his native Canada, then in the United States. In 1990 he was doing his routine on "Late Night With David Letterman" and other shows, then in 1993 came his big hiatus: an interview with Lorne Michaels, a fellow Canadian, for a job on "Saturday Night Live" .
"I knew that even though we were from the same nation, we were in different worlds," Macdonald wrote in "Based on a story true: not a memoir, ”(2016). "He was a cosmopolitan from Toronto, socialite, the kind of guy who would be comfortable with the Queen of England herself. I was a chick, born on the barren, rocky ground of the Ottawa Valley, where the richest man in town was the barber. "
He got the job, and the following year he was in the anchor chair for the " Wee kend Update ". (In the skits, he imitated Burt Reynolds and Bob Dole and played other characters.) But in early 1998, he was kicked out of that same anchor chair, apparently at the behest of Don Ohlmeyer , president of NBC Entertainment, West Coast, who was reportedly annoyed by Mr. Macdonald's incessant mockery of his friend OJ Simpson.
A complete obituary will be published shortly.