Seth Rogen, Jon Stewart, Whitney Cummings Remember Norm Macdonald: “We Lost a Comedy Giant Today”

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The death of comedian, host and former Saturday Night Live cast member Norm Macdonald after a nearly decade-long battle with cancer prompted his fellow comedians and friends to remember his unwavering ability to make everyone laugh on Tuesday.

Seth Rogen recalled being inspired by Macdonald’s comedic style, tweeting, “Oh fuck. 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. We lost a comedy giant today. One of [the] all time greats. RIP.”

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos wrote on Instagram, “Norm’s passing has been a shock and a heartbreaker. He likely never told anyone that he was sick because it wasn’t funny to be sick. He made me laugh as hard as I ever laughed at comedy. There was no such thing as too long a set up. He was the most brilliant joke teller in stand up. Proud of his Netflix special, proud of “Norm Macdonald Has a Show” and proud to have been in his company for awhile. Random texts, hysterical stories and crazy times. Thank you Norm. Your work lives and the bar is set high. A comics comic – he would have hated me repeating that cliche.”

Jon Stewart tweeted, “No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald. Hilarious and unique. Fuck cancer.”

Steve Martin simply wrote, “We loved Norm MacDonald. One of a kind.”

A rep confirmed Tuesday that Macdonald had died at age 61. 

The comedian joined SNL in 1993 and anchored the “Weekend Update” segments. He stayed on the sketch-comedy series until 1998. He was also known for his funny appearances as a guest on late-night talk shows like Conan

An SNL spokesperson said in a tribute message, “Today is a sad day. All of us here at ‘SNL’ mourn the loss of Norm Macdonald, one of the most impactful comedic voices of his or any other generation. There are so many things that we’ll miss about Norm – from his unflinching integrity to his generosity to his consistent ability to surprise. But most of all he was just plain funny. No one was funny like Norm.”

Director Edgar Wright referenced these hilarious sit-down moments in his tweet honoring the late comedian. “Of the many addictive rabbit holes you can disappear down on the internet, the most pleasurable is ‘Norm MacDonald chat show appearances,’” Wright wrote. “Thanks for all the laughs Norm, very sorry to see you go.”

Josh Gad referred to Macdonald as “One of the most underrated and hilarious SNL performers.” He added that he was “absolutely gutted.”

Whitney Cummings shared a video of Macdonald’s unforgettable roast of Bob Saget in 2008. “Norm is the pinnacle of bravery and originality,” she wrote along with a broken heart emoji.

Ken Jeong applauded Macdonald for being universally funny. “In such a divisive time even among comedians, we can all agree Norm MacDonald was the best. Rest in Peace,” Jeong tweeted.

Bob Newhart said in a statement that Macdonald was one of the few people who could “successfully” write comedy for him and added, “He was an original.  When I watched young comics on the early comedy TV shows, like The Improv or Catch a Rising Star, I’d study each comic’s style and think, oh yeah, he’s doing Leno… or he’s doing Letterman… or he’s doing Rickles.  When Norm came on, I said he’s not doing anybody.”

Take a look at what other staples in comedy are saying about Macdonald below.

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