Norm Macdonald, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Comedian, Dies at 61

Norm Macdonald, the acerbic, typically controversial comic acquainted to thousands and thousands because the “Weekend Update” anchor on “Saturday Night Live” from 1994 to 1998, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 61.

His supervisor, Marc Gurvitz, confirmed the loss of life. Lori Jo Hoekstra, his longtime producing accomplice, informed the Hollywood information outlet Deadline that the trigger was most cancers, one thing he had been coping with for a while however had stored largely non-public.

Mr. Macdonald had a deadpan fashion honed on the stand-up circuit, first in his native Canada after which within the United States. By 1990 he was doing his routine on “Late Night With David Letterman” and different reveals, after which in 1993 got here his massive break: an interview with Lorne Michaels, a fellow Canadian, for a job on “Saturday Night Live.”

“I knew that even though we hailed from the same nation, we were worlds apart,” Mr. Macdonald wrote in “Based on a True Story: Not a Memoir,” (2016). “He was a cosmopolite from Toronto, worldly, the kinda guy who’d be comfortable around the Queen of England herself. Me, I was a hick, born to the barren, rocky soil of the Ottawa Valley, where the richest man in town was the barber.”

He bought the job, and by the following yr he was within the anchor chair for the “Weekend Update” phase. (In sketches, he impersonated Burt Reynolds and Bob Dole and performed different characters.) But in early 1998 he was booted from that very same anchor chair, reportedly at the behest of Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC Entertainment, West Coast, who was stated to have been irritated by Mr. Macdonald’s relentless mocking of his buddy O.J. Simpson.

An entire obituary will likely be printed quickly.