COLIN Jost and Michael Che paid tribute to their late friend Norm MacDonald with a highlight reel of his best Weekend Update clips during the show’s season premiere.
The SNL star died in mid-September after a secret battle with cancer that lasted years.
Colin and Michael remembered their friend Norm MacDonald on the Weekend Update[/caption]
He passed away from cancer on September 14[/caption]
Colin, 39, and Michael, 38, paid tribute to Norm MacDonald with a highlight reel of some of his best Weekend Update moments over the years.
The comedians told fans it was a “bittersweet night” for them, as they remembered their friend and his impact on the skit.
“Norm is the reason that I ever wanted to do Weekend Update,” Colin confessed to viewers, adding: “so tonight we thought we’d turn the last few jokes of Update over to Norm.”
Fans were thrilled with the throwback clips as they expressed how they already “miss” the standup legend.
“I teared up seeing that last joke there. Clearly, the folks at SNL were saying something by selecting it. Missing you already, Norm,” one wrote in the comments.
“I already miss Norm terribly. He was and always will be the king. Rest in peace Turd Fergeson,” another mentioned.
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A third agreed: “I’ll add to the chorus of folks thanking SNL for doing this. Hopefully fans of the show half my age will dig deeper into the man Tina Fey once called the last dangerous comic on SNL.”
“Norm always had a mischievous twinkle in his eye. ALL THE STARS ARE HERE!” a fourth remembered.
Norm died on September 14 after secretly battling cancer for more than a decade.
His longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra said: “He was most proud of his comedy. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him.
“Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”
In March of 2020, the comedian foreshadowed his passing while making a series of pointed references to mortality during an improv performance in Los Angeles.
He began by saying: “On the way over here I got really ill,” before joking that it was down to a cherry pie he ate and a shaky car journey.
Reflecting on Covid at a time when a vaccine hadn’t yet been found, he added: “It’s funny that we all now know how we’re going to die.
“It’s just a matter of what order at this point.”
Later in his performance, he said: “So my plan is just not to die. To survive long enough where they find a cure.
“You know some people will have to die but finally they’ll find a cure for me,” he joked.
In another stand-up performance, he also joked that he didn’t agree with “losing a battle” to cancer, instead seeing it as a “draw.”
CAREER IN COMEDY
In addition to Weekend Update, Norm also appeared in various sketches, including his memorable impersonation of Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy!.
After wrapping up his SNL stint in 1998, he went on to star on The Norm Show, from 1999 to 2001.
In 2018, the comic landed on Netflix with his talk show Norm MacDonald Has a Show.
Norm is survived by one child, Dylan, who he shared with his ex-wife Connie Vaillancourt.
Norm finished his SNL stint in 1998[/caption]
He secretly fought cancer for over a decade[/caption]
Norm was remembered by friends and peers in comedy[/caption]
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