Sunday, April 21, 2024

RIP Norm Macdonald, 61, Star of “Saturday Night Live,” Beloved Comedian Stood Up for His Causes


Norm Macdonald, the great “SNL” funnyman and beloved comedian, died Tuesday at age 61. He’d suffered from cancer of 9 years, but the public never knew it.

He was famously controversial at “SNL” in the 90s for standing up for what he thought was right. When Don Ohlmeyer, a sports guy who should never have been in charge of anything but sports at NBC, went after Norm over OJ Simpson jokes, Macdonald did not back off. He won the respect of his peers and of the audience.

There are hundreds of tributes to Norm all over the internet. Condolences to his family, friends, and legions of fans.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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