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Comedian Norm Macdonald dies at 61: former SNL Weekend Update anchor



Born on October 17, 1959, in Quebec City, Norm Macdonald started his show business career in the comedy clubs of Canada, developing the deadpan style that would become both his trademark and a highly influential

touchstone for a generation of comics. After being a contestant on Star Search in 1990, he landed his first regular TV writing gig on The Dennis Miller Show, fronted by the man who anchored “Weekend Update” from 1986-91.

Norm Macdonald was an SNL cast member from 1993-98, making his greatest impact as the anchor of the show’s Weekend Update segments for three seasons. Remembered for his droll style — and for his refusal to go easy on O.J. Simpson despite reported pressure from NBC execs — Macdonald would prove one of the most impactful Update anchors, pivoting away from the slapstick approach of Chevy Chase and toward the more barbed political approach of his successor, Colin Quinn.

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09-15-21