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Tributes pour in for ‘fearless’ Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald

TORONTO – Tributes, wishes and fun anecdotes have started pouring in for the late Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald, who died of cancer at the age of 61 on Tuesday.

Macdonald, who was a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor with a signature deadpan delivery, was a fixture in the comedy television world, with appearances on The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio.

He was also the former presenter of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update”, a highly regarded position that cemented his influence on the comedy scene.

Word of his death spread quickly on Twitter, with a comedy legend Steve Martin tweeting “We loved Norm Macdonald. One of a kind.”

David Letterman called it “the best” in “all important ways in the stand-up world”, on Twitter, adding that Macdonald’s famous “pragmatic performance” leveled audiences.

Famous Canadian comedian Jim Carrey also paid tribute to Macdonald on Twitter, writing “My dear friend Norm Macdonald has passed away after a courageous 10-year battle. It was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love it.”

Adam Sandler called Macdonald “the most fearless and funny original guy we know” in his Twitter tribute.

American comic and writer Patton Oswalt wrote his own tribute, saying “Goodbye, Norm. You were never 100% hilarious.

Canadian actor Jay Baruchel has called Macdonald a “sincere hero” and “limitless inspiration” since he was a teenager on Twitter. “He was also the rarest of beings: a truly original artist. The loss of the world is the gain of the Canadian skies. We will never see his like again, ”reads the rest of the tweet.

Seth Rogan tweeted this as “big fan” Macdonald, he modeled his early career on the performance style of comedians, writing “We lost a comedy giant today.” One of the greatest of all time. TEAR.”

Film critic Richard Crouse called Macdonald’s death “incredibly sad” on CTV’s news channel Tuesday, adding that it was the late comedians’ “ethics” to put comedy first and all. the rest second, including his private battle with cancer.

“He was a fearless comic,” Crouse continued.

It was a sentiment shared by Yuk-Yuk co-founder Mark Breslin on CTV’s news channel Tuesday, who said Macdonald stood out because “few comics can be described by the word worthy.”

“He was smart, he forced the audience to come to his own level of comedy and all of that with that sparkle in his eyes, in his beautiful blue eyes, to let you know it was all a joke, and a good one too,” , Breslin said of Macdonald.

Breslin recalled that Macdonald’s first standing concert was at a Yuk-Yuk’s in Ottawa, and that it was so good “it only took three nights on amateur night before he was promoted… Norm was a fantastic comedian in every way, form and form. ”

Welsh actor and comedian Rob Brydon called Macdonald a “glorious actor” and “unique” on his Twitter account. Conan O’Brien, The Iron Sheik, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Sterger and Seth MacFarlane also wrote tributes to Macdonald online.

Jon Stewart has kept his homage to Macdonald brief and to the point online, Tweeter “Nobody could crack you like Norm Macdonald.” Hilarious and unique.

Canadian politicians also took to social media.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole tweeted his condolences to Macdonald’s family and friends, writing “Canada is known for producing some of the greatest comedians, and Norm Macdonald is certainly one of the reasons… he will be missed.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said “the world was a much funnier place because Norm Macdonald was there” in his condolences message on Twitter, adding that Canada had “lost a comic genius”.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford wrote on Twitter that he was “very sad to hear” of Macdonald’s death and that “his work has brought joy to millions of people around the world.”


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