SNL’s Norm Macdonald mourned as ‘genius’ & ‘one of a kind’ by friends including Steve Martin after comic’s death at 61

SATURDAY Night Live’s Norm Macdonald was mourned as a “genius” and “one of a kind” by friends including Steve Martin.

The comic sadly passed away at the age of 61 on Tuesday.


Norm was praised as a ‘genius’ and ‘one of a kind’Credit: Getty
The comic sadly passed away following his battle with cancer


The comic sadly passed away following his battle with cancerCredit: Getty
Norm's friends- including Steve Martin- paid tribute to the comic on Twitter


Norm’s friends- including Steve Martin- paid tribute to the comic on TwitterCredit: Getty

Shortly after news of Norm’s passing broke, a number of stars took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late comedian.

Fellow SNL alum Steve, 76, wrote: “We loved Norm MacDonald. One of a kind.”

While responding to the sad news, Patton Oswalt, 52, tweeted: “NOOOOO GODDAMIT. Oh my God what is even happening. Good bye, Norm. You were never not 100% hilarious.”

Jim Carrey, 59, also paid tribute to his late friend Norm, writing: “My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10 year battle. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.”

Seth MacFarlane, 47, praised Norm for his comedic talents as he wrote on Twitter: “To so many people in comedy, me included, there was nobody funnier than Norm MacDonald. You always hoped he would hang around after the work was done, just so you could hear his stories and get a laugh.”

He concluded: “So hilarious and so generous with his personality. I’m gonna miss him.”


Conan O’Brien, 58, also took to Twitter to remember his late friend, who regularly appeared as a guest on Conan over the years.

“I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald. Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I’m so sad for all of us today,” wrote the talk show host.

Sarah Silverman, who appeared in the 2000 film Screwed with Norm, wrote: “Norm was in a comedy genre of his own. No one like him on this planet. Please do yourself a favor and watch his stuff. He was one of a kind of all time.”

Gilbert Gottfried shared a throwback photo that shared him, Norm and friends spending time together at a restaurant.

Alongside the photo, the 66-year-old wrote: “This photo was taken after I was a guest on Norm’s show. At dinner the laughs just continued nonstop. He will be missed. RIP Norm Macdonald.”


Seth Rogen was another comedian to fondly remember Norm, as he wrote on Twitter: “Oh f**k. I was a huge fan of Norm Macdonald and I essentially ripped off his delivery when I first started acting. I would stay up specifically to watch him on talk shows. He was the funniest guest of all time.”

The 39-year-old continued: “We lost a comedy giant today. One of the the all time greats. RIP.”

“Oh my God. We lost a legend. Norm was punishingly funny. A unique special point of view and completely organic. RIPNormMacDonald,” Jim Gaffigan, 55, wrote on Twitter.

Whitney Cummings, 39, remembered Norm by sharing a video of the comedian roasting Bob Saget.

“Norm is the pinnacle of bravery and originality,” Whitney captioned the post.


The Masked Singer judge Ken Jeong, 52, praised Norm as “the best,” writing: “In such a divisive time even among comedians, we can all agree Norm MacDonald was the best. Rest In Peace.”

While sharing an article that reported Norm’s death, Tim Dillon wrote: “Let me pause my meaningless online arguments to say Norm was one of the greatest comedians to have ever lived.”

The 36-year-old comedian continued: “One of the best moments of my career was when he found something I did funny. Very few comics will ever possess that level of mastery. RIP.”


It was revealed on Tuesday that Norm sadly passed away following his battle with cancer.

The comedian’s management firm confirmed his death to Deadline, and revealed the star was fighting cancer for almost a decade.

Norm’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra revealed: “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.”

Many of the star's friends praised him as 'the best'


Many of the star’s friends praised him as ‘the best’Credit: Alamy
Sarah said there is 'no one like him on this planet'


Sarah said there is ‘no one like him on this planet’Credit: Alamy


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