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Overview (4)

Born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Died in Duarte, California, USA  (acute leukemia)
Birth NameNorman Gene Macdonald
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

MacDonald was born Norman Gene MacDonald in Quebec City, Quebec on October 17, 1959. He began his career in stand-up comedy. MacDonald's first job was writing for The Dennis Miller Show (1992) and then Roseanne (1988). While writing for Roseanne (1988), he was noticed by Lorne Michaels, who liked Norm's stand up, and gave him his job on Saturday Night Live (1975).

MacDonald became widely popular when he became the Weekend Update anchor with his trademark line, "And now the fake news". He lasted from September 24, 1994 until December 13, 1997, when he was fired by Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC on the west coast. His last weekend update was December 13, 1997 and he officially left the show in March 1998. His movie, Dirty Work (1998), which he began working on in the summer of 1997, came out 2 months later. In March 1999, his show, called Norm (1999), came out on ABC and had a 3-season run. During that time, he also starred in the movie Screwed (2000), opposite Dave Chappelle.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Norm fan

Family (3)

Spouse Connie Vaillancourt (1988 - 1999)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Dylan Lloyd MacDonald
Relatives Leslie MacDonald (sibling)
Neil MacDonald (sibling)

Trade Mark (4)

Sarcastic, monotone delivery
Outspoken, brutally honest personality
Humor derived from bluntly pointing out what others are unwilling to with a disregard for social formality
Known for his unique style of anti-humor, telling jokes where the humor is derived from their lack of quality

Trivia (25)

Has a son, Dylan Lloyd MacDonald born on October 28, 1992 in Los Angeles.
NBC received two complaints after he used a curse word live on Saturday Night Live (1975).
During an interview on the Late Show with David Letterman (1993) a few days after he was fired from Saturday Night Live (1975), he told Dave that the NBC execs fired him because they thought he wasn't funny.
Middle child of three boys; younger brother Leslie and older brother Neil. Neil is a broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation.
Chevy Chase has stated that since he left Saturday Night Live (1975), the only person who he believes has done Weekend Update "right" is Norm Macdonald.
He won $500,000 for his charity on the celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999). He guessed the right answer to the million dollar question but was talked out of answering in case he got it wrong.
In early 2002, he and Jon Lovitz were slated to play mismatched roommates for a proposed NBC sitcom entitled "Leave Me Alone," which was to have been produced by Adam Sandler's production company. However, because of a dispute between the network and the producers, the pilot went unfilmed, and the series never came into fruition.
Dropped out of high school when he was 15.
Despite being fired from Saturday Night Live (1975), he was asked to host the show a year later.
Although he is not a U.S. citizen, he has publicly stated his support for Republican politicians George W. Bush and John McCain and has said that he considers Ronald Reagan to be the best President in U.S. history.
Attended Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, where he took the Broadcasting-Television program, and eventually dropped out. During his time there, he became good friends with Randy Dash, who shot, edited and produced a stand-up act Norm had done in the city. The resulting tape was what helped Norm land his gig with Saturday Night Live (1975).
Attended Dollard-des-Ormeaux School on the Valcartier Military Base near Shannon, Quebec, Canada.
He was the son of Ferne (Mains) and Percy Lloyd Macdonald, who were teachers. His father was in the Canadian Military.
Is good friends with Adam Sandler.
After making several gay jokes during his March 30, 2011 appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Stern asked if he was at all uncomfortable with homosexuality, to which Macdonald clarified that he was not only a supporter of gay rights, but "fascinated" by gay sexual practices, often engaging in long conversations with his "hair cut guy" on the subject.
As of 2011, the new commentator on GSN's "High Stakes Poker". [February 2011]
Starring as Stan Hooper in the new Fox sitcom "A Minute with Stan Hooper." [November 2003]
Childhood celebrity crush was Ann-Margret.
He was let go from Saturday Night Live (1975) because a producer had complained to Lorne Michaels that he just wasn't funny.
Upon his death, he was immediately cremated and his ashes returned unto his surviving family.
He never revealed his cancer to the public. Anytime rumors circulated that he was sick, Norm denied it.
While he was playing poker with Scott Derrickson, the director was gushing about how funny he was. MacDonald simply quipped "Eh, I'm a low-rent Andy Kaufman".
Mentored Keith Reza in stand up. Considered him his "comedy son.".
Norm was fired from SNL for his constant jokes about O.J. Simpson. President of NBC west coast division was good friends with O.J. Norm hosted SNL a year later and quipped either he'd gotten funnier or the show must suck.

Personal Quotes (12)

I was in my peak physical condition when I was about like, uh. . . one. Oh God, I looked good, young and fresh! You wouldn't know me now if you'd seen me when I was one, you know? I even looked good for my age. People would come up to me and go, "what are you, zero?" And I'd go, "no, I'm one over here!"
"I'm not gay, so I don't know much about Broadway musicals." - while a contestant on the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" celebrity episode that aired on August 5, 2001.
"I would love to stay at SNL forever. But you can't stay in the same place. People think you're a loser." - to TV Guide magazine in 1997.
[in response to SNL writers calling Friends actor Matthew Perry a genius] What, is he good at math or something?
The comedian Patton Oswalt, he told me "I think the worst part of the Cosby thing was the hypocrisy." And I disagree. I thought it was the raping. It's my feeling most rapists are hypocrites. You don't meet many that go "I like raping and I know it's not politically correct but, by god" and people go "well, he's not being a hypocrite and that's the worst part!"
There is one country that worries me - not Iraq, not Iran, not North Korea. The only country that really worries me is the country of Germany. I don't know if you guys are history buffs or not. In the early part of the previous century, Germans decided to go to war. And who did they go to war with? The world. That'd never been tried before. So you figure that would take about five seconds for the world to win, but no, it was actually close. Then about 30 years past, and Germany decides again to go to war, and again, it chooses as its enemy, the world...but you think at that point the world would go, "listen Germany, here's the deal, you don't get to be a country no more, on account of you keep attacking the world."
All my life's about is cracking up people and them cracking me up and trying not to think about dying. That doesn't cost very much money.
When I hear a guy lost a battle to cancer, that really did bother me, that that's a term. It implies that he failed and that somebody else that defeated cancer is heroic and courageous.
You know, with Hitler, the more I learn about that guy, the more I don't care for him.
Comedy is surprises, so if you're intending to make somebody laugh and they don't laugh, that's funny.
I always told everybody the perfect joke would be where the setup and punch line were identical.
The only thing that an old man can tell a young man is that it goes fast, REAL fast, and, if you're not careful, it's too late. Of course, the young man will never understand this truth.

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