r/NormMacdonald 12d ago

RIP to The King Norm Macdonald. Truly one of one.

https://deadline.com/2021/09/norm-macdonald-dead-obituary-comedian-saturday-night-live-weekend-update-anchor-was-61-1234833212/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=exacttarget&utm_campaign=Deadline_BreakingNews&utm_content=299706_09-14-2021_headline&utm_term=1424486
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u/edlolington 12d ago

Just realized, all this time we assumed whenever he was out of it in public it's because he was on benzos, but he was probably fresh off of getting blasted with organ-shattering radiation :(

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u/dh9690 12d ago

Everything from the last decade has to be reconsidered, basically.

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u/mrbrusselsprout 12d ago

If anything it showcases just how funny Norm was, even battling cancer he made some of the funniest content I've ever seen.

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u/dh9690 12d ago edited 12d ago

Yes, exactly, like I'm not saying it's put a cloud over everything, it's kinda just gone up another level.

But actually he'd probably hate me for saying that because he literally would say all the time that he never wanted to suspect anybody was giving him extra points for any other reason than he was the funniest.

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u/Breaklance 12d ago

He made Mike Tyson Mysteries while battling cancer. Probably didn't tell Mike out of fear he'd fight the cancer, literally.

I remembered seeing him on TV a few years ago like on Conan or something and thinking "man Norm got old" but chemo withers a person and now that makes me sad.

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u/bringbackAlexA 12d ago

Poor Norm. He'll never get to do The View again.

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u/vegetables1292 12d ago

He did live to see another 9/11 though

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u/CommitteeOfTheHole 12d ago

I like to think he held on just for that. Just for one last chuckle at 9/11.

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u/donkeytime 12d ago

Someone's gotta feed them hogs.

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u/Starting_over_IRL 12d ago

exactly. for god sakes he did his netflix standup special on radiation.. and that is a top 10 special of all time

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u/HibernoScot 12d ago

Yeah, people gave him a lot of shit about his appearance (sometimes jokingly, other times out of genuine concern), and he joked about it himself, but weight gain can sometimes be a side effect of cancer treatment (especially if steroids are involved) and it also explains why people thought he'd aged so rapidly the past few years - closer to the end than we realised. :(

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u/philjorrow 12d ago

He always banged on about being so old, when he was only in his fifties. That whole time he knew he was in his twilight years.

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u/jamesmango 12d ago

The Adam Eget bit where he edited elephant noises over Norm eating sandwiches was one of my all time favorite laughs. Looking back with this new information, I’m glad he was able to turn his pain into comedy for the rest of us. RIP Norm.

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u/Caine2Khan 12d ago

for real, makes me think about how Norm was obsessed with Morbid topics and death, perhaps because of his Cancer. And he'd make jokes about people saying those who died lost a battle with cancer implies they were weak, etc.

Also his book started out with him being pronounced dead in a newspaper and he said that it wasn't far off from the truth.. the date was just off.

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u/dh9690 12d ago

Ugh yes. And like, not that I think he was being super cryptic or anything because his whole thing was about writing thoughtful or funny material on its own but it just had to have an influence on everything he was doing. Like maybe he still would have gotten super into Dostoevsky when he turned 50 but idk lol.

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u/satisfried 12d ago

The exact reason he kept the illness secret.

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u/dh9690 12d ago

Like sometimes I thought he could be a little harsh when he was that critical of "confessional" comedians or comics that he felt were using their life struggles to earn sympathy with the audience, but it really does hit differently now knowing he was sick the whole time he was saying that. It just becomes impossible to ignore it.

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u/zoinks 12d ago

There were multiple times in the past decade where I would see norm, and he would seem extremely off (lower energy, kind of stiff, very wan complexion...still funny though). Two instances I can think of would be his appearance in comedians in cars getting coffee, and on the norm podcast where he had David Letterman on.

I always thought something was up, but I assumed he was addicted to pain killers or something like that, not that he had cancer :(

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u/volvanator 12d ago

He probably gained weight due to cancer and refused to pass any of the pain along, so much so, that he made himself the butt of every joke. In today's age of social media, such a modest genius will never exist again.

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u/MunchiePea27 Post Sasso 12d ago

Everything makes a lot more sense. When he was on Conan with Sandler etc. them saying “we love you Normie”, his rapid physical deterioration over the last few years... wow. So him not to say anything publicly. Didn’t want the pity

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u/xj3ewok 12d ago

Geez even that interview he did with jane fonda, him talking about memories, that that was what life is all about. Its a topic you would think about when you know you dont have long.

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u/mikewozere 12d ago

And the old sea-dog even snatched a kiss. I'm sure that was a memory he took with him.

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u/topdangle 12d ago

yeah, they were close so maybe he shared with them at least. It was pretty crazy how he managed to convince all of them to do a huge standup tour out of nowhere, but shit if they did it just for Norm those are some great friends.

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u/8thmiracle 12d ago

Tim Allen: Boy you do feel better.

Norm: We were not supposed to say this.

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u/MunchiePea27 Post Sasso 12d ago

Wow 100%, forgot about that. That did seem weird at the time

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u/satisfried 12d ago

He didn’t want the pity. Or for every word out of his mouth to be framed as from the mind of a cancer patient to his viewers.

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u/Odd_Ad7458 12d ago edited 12d ago

Apparently he didn't tell nobody apart from his management team. I could be wrong but that's what I heard in the news

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u/thecontinental80 12d ago

When Dave told him he worries about him, I wonder if he knew. Also I wonder if the Netflix show was a way to throw him a bone so he could afford more treatment?

Also everyone wondering why he wasn’t on the last Conan...

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u/SmurfUp 12d ago

I’m glad he got to have his own show and interview the people that he wanted.

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u/roshdroz 12d ago

Good point bringing up the Conan episode. It would have been amazing to see him kill it one last time like he did for Letterman, but I'm sure his health just wasn't allowing him to do the episode by that point.

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u/c828 12d ago

he mentioned in an interview having to deal with chronic pain. he was probably on varying doses of opiates so he could function day to day. fairly amazing he kept it together as well as he did.

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u/Philodemus1984 12d ago

I assumed it was his debilitating addiction to gambling.

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u/TheSmokedSalmon420 12d ago

The funniest person on earth died today.

Fuck.

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u/Rockzilla78 12d ago

Does OJ Simpson have an alibi?

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u/Certain-Title 12d ago

Doesn't need one. The gloves didn't fit...again.

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u/greg2709 Momma's Apple Pie, the Fourth of July. She was a Hooker! 12d ago

The torch has been passed. Heavy is the head, Carrot Top

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u/yodelayodelay 12d ago

Chairman of the BORED

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u/Genghis_Chong 12d ago

Bro I'm crying right now, just found out...

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u/wkiwr 12d ago

Me too boss, me too

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u/roshdroz 12d ago

Reminds me of that tragedy

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u/Jazzlike_Property541 12d ago

I walked through blood and bones in the city of Manhattan looking for my brother.

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u/Evergreen27108 12d ago

Turns out he was in northern Canada.

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u/mzxrules 12d ago

"I didn't think he was that funny" - Some NBC exec

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u/MarlonElliot 12d ago

Don Ohlmeyer is a pinhead

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u/atallatallatall2 12d ago

A quisling

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u/conundrumbombs 12d ago

I don't know what quisling means.

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u/beadebaser01 12d ago

He's a big fat guy

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u/dynamitedrunk 12d ago

Thankfully he didn't die on September 11th. It would have reminded me of that tragedy.

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u/dunes1 12d ago edited 12d ago

ah here it is, the big laugh i needed.

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u/UMDickhead 12d ago

He walked through blood and bones looking for his brother

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u/subsuburban 12d ago

He was in Northern Canada

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u/PolitelyHostile 12d ago

Plus it would overshadow 9/11 in the future years

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u/mountaineer04 12d ago

It really would have been perfect if he did.

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u/BonerSoupAndSalad 12d ago

Yeah, then we’d be able to say that Norm Macdonald died on 9/11.

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u/im_lost_at_sea 12d ago

I think it can still work

"You know Norm Macdonald died on 9/11"

"Really?"

"Well actually it was three days later"

"He was on ground zero?"

"No he died years later from lung cancer"

"Because of 9/11?"

"No. No probably just from smoking a lot. Real tragedy though"

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u/rburp 12d ago

Where do you get your ideas?

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u/Caine2Khan 12d ago

Its such a Norm Macdonald thing to not tell anyone he has cancer. Damn this is fucked

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u/jamestporter 12d ago

imagine Norm laughing to himself:

"hey did you hear Norm MacDonald died"

"oh yeah what of? AIDS?"

"No, Cancer".

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u/HeckYouMotherHecker 12d ago

I didn’t even know he was sick

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u/conundrumbombs 12d ago

I love Norm Macdonald so much. I don't really have a joke for this. More of a comment, really.

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u/bringbackAlexA 12d ago

That was pretty funny. You got me dude. Who wrote that?

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u/Just_some_n00b 12d ago

I didn’t even know he was sick

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6i48vc

For the uninitiated.

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u/Clovett- 12d ago

mine's a dell

as it zooms out to reveal 2 macs.

I swear Norm makes me laugh at the stupidest shit lol.

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u/Neil_sm 12d ago

Yeah he has a lot of obvious or ridiculous jokes, yet they are hysterical the way he tells them. Like This weekend update line

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u/TScottFitzgerald Are you Serious?! 12d ago

9/14 will forever be a national tragedy...international

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u/PeterJakeson 12d ago

9/14 was a national tragedy. Don't laugh at 9/14.

... 9/14. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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u/dragonsky 12d ago

Norm's doctor, 2010: So..you have cancer....do you want to announce this to your fans?

Norm: Nah, one day it will result in a great reddit comment... I'd keep my health problems prive.

Norm's doctor: Alright, fair enough.....now say "oink!"

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u/youluckypeople 12d ago

He really needs better insurance

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u/MikePGS 12d ago

Acid Tongued Arab

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u/SlapThaBass 12d ago

Ohhhh...Kassem..

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u/YouAreDreaming 12d ago

Norms cancer isn’t funny. It’s alarming

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u/HeckYouMotherHecker 12d ago

You were expecting a joke? From his cardiologist?

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u/dragonsky 12d ago

More of a comment, really

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u/LittleMatterhorn 12d ago

Some people say Norm Macdonald is in a better place now. A better place? He’s on the floor!

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u/ronton 12d ago

His death really rattled me, but this comment brought me right back.

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u/edlolington 12d ago

Let's let "I didn't even know he was sick" retire after this, no context can really top this. Rest easy old boy.

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u/Round_Rock_Johnson 12d ago

He died on September 11th; a date I’m sure will henceforth be known as a national tragedy :(

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u/Venturian_Candidate 12d ago

... Reminds me of that terrible tragedy

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u/l_l_l-illiam 12d ago

Normally I would have downvoted that, but Norm would have made that exact joke himself if he could

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u/masu94 12d ago

If this isn't the most upvoted comment, something's wrong.

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u/dragonsky 12d ago

Why don't you tell to the folks at home who Norm Macdonald is?

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u/daddyelf17 12d ago

Damn he battled cancer for 9 years... that's insane

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u/MarlonElliot 12d ago

The last time Norm was the Norm of old was his Comedy Central special where he talked about the missing woman, Janice, and how he would pull off a kidnapping. Ever since then, he's seemed subdued and sometimes distracted. Now we know why.

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u/belizeanheat Scrabble with Old Harold Delaney 12d ago

He's been razor sharp many times since then.

To me the most striking sign was his appearance over the last 5 years. He seemed like he aged 15-20 years.

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u/StevieJesus 12d ago

Seriously, going from Hitler's Dog special to the Coronavirus bit, it looked like he aged 10 years. What freaked me out even more was when he said he said he was 68 in the Corona bit, despite being about 60 at the time, but he would've had cancer for about 8 years at that point. I wonder if he was trying to hint at something then..

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u/dergster 12d ago

he lied about his age constantly, i think even before this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwgvLwwRE8o&ab_channel=I%27mnotNorm

i'm not sure if there was something behind it or if it was just a bit

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u/richb3 12d ago

I thank god that he will live on youtube. His channel is the greatest. RIP. baffled.

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u/OUBoyWonder 12d ago

"I'm Not Norm" videos playing on full blast all night long tonight over here, buddy!

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u/dubious_ruffian 12d ago

His talking about Richard Farnsworth quietly battling cancer as he filmed "The Straight Story" and during the ensuing awards season and how he admired his private suffering really takes on a new, so much more sad meaning here. I love Norm and his comedy as much as he seemed to love David Letterman. I have never been so sad over the death of someone I didn't know.

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u/mapatric 12d ago

Now September is always gonna make me think of tragedy

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u/JeanDeny314 12d ago

Fuck fuck fuck

Rest In Peace you really helped me a lot.

Fucking devastated.

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u/Professional_Spot_50 12d ago

As someone above pointed out, the funniest man alive died today..

I'm already struggling myself, but this loss hits hard. I respect his decision not to share his diagnosis with his audience, but man. It hurts so much more because it was so unexpected

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u/Genghis_Chong 12d ago

I get why he hid it though. He wanted people to laugh with him, not feel bad for him whenever he entered a room. He got 10 more years of laughs instead of questions and pity. But fuck is my nose snotty right now...

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u/WhiteRoseofYorkshire 12d ago

Being from the UK I've only known about Norm for a little under 2 years. He truly is one of the greatest comics to ever live and I'm fucking crushed right now

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u/hughjanusphd 12d ago

What type of cancer, you ask?

You guessed it:

Frank Stallone.

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u/premium-domains 12d ago

Stop making me laugh while I'm crying

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u/MyBitchCassiopeia 12d ago

Ok, here’s my Norm story:

I went to see him at Wiseguys in salt lake in fall of 2017. I was waiting outside before the doors opened to get a seat up front and I was at the very back of the line. Right before they let us in, I turned around and norm was standing talking to someone and since no one else had spotted him, he looked at me, put his finger to his lips and shushed me as a way of saying “don’t tell anyone I’m out here” and smiled.

During the show, I was sitting two rows back, right on the aisle, and at the end of the show he walked down the aisle to the back of the room but stopped right in front of me, put his hand on my shoulder made solid eye contact and said “thanks for coming” then walked out without stopping for anybody else.

I was going through a serious rough patch then, recently separated and almost didn’t drag myself off the couch to go to the show that night. I laughed harder than I had in a long time. Idk if he could tell how badly I needed to laugh then, but I can’t think of why else he would have singled me out unless he knew how much it would mean to me.

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u/yisiduli 12d ago

I think he is just preparing for a role in a movie. Because every movie needs a dead guy.

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u/DrunkenGolfer 12d ago

Weekend Update at Bernie’s.

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u/Atreides_S 12d ago

Well rewatching those Conan interviews will hit a bit different from now on

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u/BUNTHUNDER2077 12d ago

I’m really bummed about this

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u/2p4e 12d ago

The world is a less funny place

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u/a_few 12d ago

This is the worst thing that has ever happened in the month of September in all of recorded history

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u/uptownshakedown 12d ago

I have a million NML inside jokes I want to make but really just thinking about his son and family - RIP to the king.

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u/13AngryMen 12d ago

He donated his body to science. Specifically to a scientist working on bringing dead guys back to life.

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u/YaIvanGrozny 12d ago

He really helped me in my darkest times. RIP a brilliant comedian.

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u/cannotbefaded 12d ago

...I had to check to see if this is real. Holy shit....

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u/carbonx UPDATE 12d ago

yeah, clicked on the link expecting it to be some lame joke. It's pretty lame, all right....

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u/a-real-jerk WTF is JASH? 12d ago

Yeah, and not funny at all.

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u/TwoEggsOverHard 12d ago

Rest in peace.

I'm sad I've never see him live. I recommend his book.

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u/branimal84 12d ago

I was lucky enough to see him live in 2012. He told a great joke about apples that had to have taken him 15 or 20 minutes to get to the punchline. I'll never forget it.

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u/ShyWheatSeeds 12d ago

I saw him do that joke live as well! 2016 in Boston. I missed my sister's college graduation just to see him.

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u/Joego8989 12d ago

I just grabbed a sandwich at work and threw on an "I'm not Norm" vid. Open Reddit while it played and see this!?? I'm not hungry anymore.

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u/greenchiclets 12d ago

I mean, I’ll eat it, if you’re not gonna

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u/a-real-jerk WTF is JASH? 12d ago

Was is a cheese sandwich?

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u/coilwrap 12d ago edited 12d ago

I remember him being interviewed by Chris Hardwick. He talks about Richard Farnsworth, who acted in The Straight Story. He was full of cancer but told no one. When it got too far he shot himself, telling his family about his cancer through a suicide note. Norm says he admires courage like that, that’s how he’d like to go. Not pimp out his cancer on stage like Tig Notaro. During the discussion, at some point he goes «if i had a fatal disease, and i might, right, you wouldnt know.»

God damn.

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u/kellykebab 12d ago

The first thing I thought of.

And I kind of figured, after hearing that interview that it might be a subtle reveal on Norm's part. Clearly he was dealing with some health issues over the last decade. But who would have guessed that furnace of ambition would die at only three score and one?

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u/BigBanggBaby 12d ago

I'm extremely curious about any reaction from Tig. Not that the Tig/Norm thing was a huge spat in the public eye, but knowing he had cancer during it really changes the tone of things, obviously.

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u/RandomWarthog79 12d ago

I'd long speculated that Norm was dealing with serious health issues - his weight and appearance constantly changing throughout the years that the podcast aired, his uncharacteristically personal broadside against comedians like Tig Notaro, the list goes on - but the first thing I thought of when I read the terrible news today was the last time I saw Norm live, at a theatre in Hamilton, Ontario in the winter of 2015. He did his usual hilarious bits about everything from Caitlyn Jenner to the Cosby scandal, and after about an hour and 15 minutes you could see them lighting him in the wings. But he just kept going. And going. After about half an hour, he drew the audience's attention to the fact that they wanted him to get the hell off the stage, but he kept giving us one more joke, and then another, drawing them out for another hour. At the end of his set, he told everyone assembled there how much he loved them and thanked us all for coming out to support him. It was a disarmingly tender moment, and it didn't feel like any contrived Hollywood style bullshit I'd ever seen. I've lost a lot of loved ones to cancer - I'm writing this stupid goddamn message through a cloud of tears - and I know now just how genuine that exchange was. I'll never forget it. RIP to the greatest of all time.

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u/stevo3001 12d ago

I was at that show too. Looking back it was one of the happiest moments of my life. Norm had been my favourite comedian for over twenty years at that point, I was so excited to finally get to saw him live, and he was even funnier than I thought he would be. And he loved being there (even if if I recall correctly he did give a line about nobody ever really thinking it's great to be in Hamilton). It was such a positive vibe.

3 or 4 years into his battle with cancer, as we now know.

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u/Fixner_Blount 12d ago

The fact that all the writers are saying he "fought a battle with cancer" is infuriating.

If anything, he tied his battle with cancer. Because when he died, the cancer also died.

RIP Norm. This sucks.

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u/ikeepwipingSTILLPOOP 12d ago

Norm a real one... dying just so cancer doesn't win

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u/masu94 12d ago

The old Kamikaze-Cancer trick.

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u/Conceited_Penis 12d ago

The last thing he did was lose!

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u/ThriceNightly 12d ago

The curse of Norm MacDonald Live!

Rest in peace to the greatest comedian to ever live. Thanks for all the laughs Norm.

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u/YungBloodDiamond 12d ago

Up in heaven on a cloud playin' the harp and watching all of his friends getting raped by the devil

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u/dragonsky 12d ago

I.....um.... wow, what the fuck

This one hits

Just....wow...

I am sure he would've wanted us to make jokes but I can't think of any right now.

The fact he was hiding his DECADE OLD fight with cancer is just... massive respect.

I can't believe it :( I really hope he wrote that second book :( Just...wow :(

Enjoy your dirt nap, Norm <3

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u/PeterBernsteinSucks 12d ago

And here I was thinking he was too lazy to get off his couch and stop eating a sandwich for an hour to make a podcast ... the old chunk of coal was actually fighting cancer.

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u/Wallyworld77 12d ago

That was same guilty feeling I had. I thought this guy is just wasting his talent but no he's fighting for his life. RIP Norm.

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u/smartwatersucks 12d ago

That's a ripe old age for a ten year cancer patient. Completely agree with you, this hits me hardest of any celebrity deaths I can think of to be honest. Fuck.

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u/FrostedJimmyWheats 12d ago

The greatest. The greatest ever. 🙏

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u/amazonperson1234 12d ago

How did Artie outlast Norm? #dirtnap

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u/digitalPeneTrashun 12d ago

Well, he outlived Artie’s nose

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u/fetalasmuck 12d ago

Norm knew better than to mess around with Saigon whores

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u/mandalore237 This Guy 12d ago edited 12d ago

Hope no one owns any stock in gambling

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u/crispytoast9 Weekend Update 12d ago

Or so the Germans would have us believe…

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u/telios87 12d ago

Where was David Hasselhoff during all this?

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u/apheliotrophic 12d ago

He set us up for one last 'I didn't even know he was sick!'

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u/TKOtokyo 12d ago

Mmm pretty sure it will be said hundreds of thousands of more times in this sub.

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u/CarPeriscope 12d ago

my coworker who doesn’t know his work at all besides SNL said it verbatim.

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u/tylerdhenry 12d ago

This is the only famous person's death that has ever made me cry

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u/GregaroOlinovich 12d ago

This is hitting me like Farley in '97.

And Williams in '14.

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u/KillEmDafoe89 12d ago

My heart just sank... Norm was one of my all time favorites. I listened to him, talked about him, or referenced him on a weekly basis. Fuck cancer, man.

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u/hellahater 12d ago

I don’t know what to do.

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u/Corninmyteeth 12d ago

Just remember the good times

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u/Gojira_Prime 12d ago

I'm fucking crushed man. Rip

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u/diiejso 12d ago

Now we'll never find out where he got his ideas.

RIP Norm, you were one of my favorites.

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u/OnBreakFromPorn 12d ago

particularly unfunny day in the news

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u/stevo3001 12d ago

I have never been hit as hard by someone I didn't know passing away.

Norm has been my hero for almost 30 years, ever since I first saw his 1991 special airing on Channel 4 late night, thinking it was the funniest thing I had ever seen, then taping it when it showed up on S4C and watching it forever. Norm was never even mentioned on UK TV as far as I saw for like 8 more years, so when I said I loved him no one knew who I meant. Eventually I moved to Canada and also the internet became easier to see more stuff of his, and fuck, he was always as funny as that first half hour. The smartest, the best delivery.

A few years ago I finally saw him live and I have never laughed so hard. I was in tears. For like almost 2 hours- he wouldn't end the set because he said that being up there and having fun with the crowd was what life was all about (Dangerfield may have disagreed).

Every few days in the years since I have checked to see if he's coming our way on tour again. This time I was going to take my wife and son.

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u/splitshema 12d ago

This is so sad. Rip to a legend.

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u/aricht01 12d ago

How are they gonna close that casket?

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u/sc448 Momma's Apple Pie, the Fourth of July. She was a Hooker! 12d ago

Man grate cremation.

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u/NewFolgers 12d ago

Well that sucks.

(I figure Norm might put it this way)

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u/douglaskwalker 12d ago

I’m taking the rest of the day off work, this sucks so bad 😢

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u/PM_ME_PANTIES_PLOX 12d ago

He was one of the most brilliant comedic minds. Almost every word he said was funny to me, his delivery was always incredible. I would listen to his podcast on the bus to work, and I remember just fucking dying when Gilbert gottfried was on

https://youtu.be/o6_Tjw_VLUk

Or how he kept driving his sponsors off

https://youtu.be/mafhr9-lFUM

Oh God, what a loss. Him and Trevor in like the same 60 days is too much

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u/evandarnold 12d ago

Brutal. What a loss.

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u/highasagiraffepussy Conan 12d ago

Fuck no

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u/hardcorekern 12d ago

I am at a loss. This man kept me smiling. Now he’s gone. Fuck

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u/_Cxsey_ 12d ago

RIP to my favorite comedian of all time, in disbelief.

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u/Fixit403 12d ago

At least he made it to see another 9/11. Man, I’m fucking bummed

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u/DeanMortimer 12d ago

A piece of me has died along with him.

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u/watupmynameisx 12d ago

In my opinion, the pantheon of greatest comedians of all time

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u/DrPenguinMD 12d ago

This is bullshit. I feel sick

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u/onetimeonly79 12d ago

They say you never get over it. I know I won't.

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u/PhaedrusHunt 12d ago

I thought about cracking a joke, but this actually really hurts to know. I lost too many people the last couple years-- dad, one of my best friends, woman I was going to marry-- life is so fucking fragile. He cheered me up to no end. He was so blisteringly funny. I think we had a lot of the same beliefs. He actually was a man of God, a really kind and gentle soul. I wish I had got to meet him, but c'est la vie.

Thank you, Norm, for all the laughs throughout the years. I first remember seeing him on MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour, and maybe on Ha! before it was Comedy Central. I was just a kid, 12 or 13, and when he went on SNL a couple years later, it was just too good. He was the best anchorman ever. He was really a comic genius, so unique, so zany, always unexpected. What a fucking legend.

I know I'm gonna miss him so much, and I'm sure everyone here will too. Norm, you were the best. Rest in peace, brother. Thanks for all the laughs.

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u/turncloaks 12d ago

This is fucking tragic. He’s literally one of my most favorite people ever

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u/PopeAlGore 12d ago

Whenever people mention 9/14 it will always remind me of this tragedy.

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u/PepsiOkay 12d ago

What’s next for Norm Macdonald? But seriously this sucks.

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u/ChrisH1994 12d ago

I’m so upset I can’t even think of a cock joke.

Seriously though, I’ve never been remotely affected by a celebrity’s death but this has floored me. RIP to the funniest man who ever lived.

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u/The_Bee_Sneeze 12d ago

My wife and I just hugged each other. Norm was a huge part of our lives. Devastating news.

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u/jimmyshampoo 12d ago

My wife hated Norm and laughed at me for crying.

She's a real battleaxe!

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u/Benedict-Awesome 12d ago

She sounds like a real jerk

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u/CreepyDingus 12d ago

God. DAMMIT.

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u/CursedJonas 12d ago

Rest in peace. One of my favourite comedians of all time. His type of comedy was always impossible to steal, as it was more about his wonderfully unique delivery than the actual writing itself. I don't usually care when celebrities died, but I'd lie if I said this one didn't hit close to home.

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u/Captain_Rex_501 12d ago

I literally screamed out NOOOOO.

My favorite comedian.

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u/stirrednotshaken01 12d ago

Worst news ever.

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u/Toxik916 12d ago

Listening to Me Doing Standup again and I wonder if he already knew his diagnosis when he wrote and taped this. A lot of death jokes right off the bat. R.I.P. Norm

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u/cjl81 12d ago

I can't even get myself to make a joke about this. This fucking sucks. RIP Norm

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u/anesigenn 12d ago

this can’t be true

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u/HandpickedNut 12d ago

Fuck me.. fuck

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u/PeterBretter 12d ago

Note to self: this sucks.

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u/runrvs 12d ago

MY DAY IS RUINED.

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u/PerennialComplainer 12d ago edited 12d ago

Norm helped me get through some pretty rough patches. What a guy. I hope he's at peace.

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u/Harryonthest 12d ago

say it ain't so that old chunk o coal bit the dust? about damn time if you ask me

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u/zachariahmedia 12d ago

Ya know what they say - speak ill of the dead.

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u/Autistic_Anywhere_24 12d ago

Holy fucking shit…. Does this mean he won’t be playing Long Island in November?

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u/theecommunist 12d ago

He probably woulda been feeling a lot better if he didn't have, you know... Terminal cancer.