“My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10 year battle,” mourned Jim Carrey. “He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.”
Comedian Patton Oswalt wrote: “NOOOOO GODDAMIT. Oh my God what is even happening. Good bye, Norm. You were never not 100% hilarious.”
“Oh f–k,” fellow Canadian Seth Rogen wrote. “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 the all time greats. RIP.
Jim Gaffigan tweeted: “Oh my God. We lost a legend. Norm was punishingly funny. A unique special point of view and completely organic. RIPNormMacDonald.”
Jon Stewart also took to twitter to say there was no on like the famously dead-pan MacDonald.
“No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald,” he wrote. “Hilarious and unique. F–k cancer.”
Conan O’Brien referenced a memorable 2014 appearance by Macdonald that was posted on YouTube under the title “Norm Macdonald Tells The Most Convoluted Joke Ever.” The rambling joke that included Beluga whales and baby dolphins had the talk show host and sidekick Andy Richter rolling with laughter.
“I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald,” O’Brien tweeted. “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.”
Adam Sandler, who cast Macdonald in “Billy Madison,” wrote: “Every one of us loved Norm. Some of the hardest laughs of my life with this man. Most fearless funny original guy we knew. An incredible dad. A great friend. A legend. Love u pal.”
Macdonald had waged a private nine-year battle with cancer.
The Quebec-born comic was a writer on the “Roseanne” show before becoming a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” from 1993-98. He was best known as the anchor for the show’s “Weekend Update” segments for three seasons and for his wicked impersonations of Burt Reynolds, David Letterman and Larry King, among others.
After leaving “SNL,” Macdonald had his own sitcom, “The Norm Show,” which ran for three seasons from 1999 to 2001. He also hosted a one-season talk show called “Norm Macdonald Has a Show” for one season on Netflix in 2018.
He was slated to appear in November at the New York Comedy Festival.