'We lost a comedy giant': Conan O'Brien, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler mourn Norm Macdonald

Tributes are pouring in for Norm Macdonald after the the comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member died on Tuesday. He was 61 years old. 

Macdonald’s manager Marc Gurvitz confirmed Macdonald’s death, after a long but undisclosed battle with cancer. Macdonald’s comedy peers and fans took to social media to react to his unexpected death, remembering the comedian as a “legend” and  “comedy giant.”

Conan O’Brien, who hosted Macdonald on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Conan” several times, said he’s “absolutely devastated” by the news. 

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“Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny,” O’Brien tweeted. “I will never laugh that hard again. I’m so sad for all of us today.”

Actor and comedian Bob Saget, who directed MacDonald in the 1998 comedy “Dirty Work,” said he “can’t accept” that his friend of four-plus decades is “gone.” In a nearly 38-minute-long video Saget posted on YouTube, the “Full House” star revealed that his last conversation with MacDonald was a text in which they told each other “I love you.”

© Josmar Taveras, USA TODAY Norm Macdonald, actor and comedian, has died at age 61. Take a look at the Saturday Night Live veteran’s career in pictures.

“One of the gifts of my life is that he loved me and that I loved him,” Saget said in the video. “Hell, I’m always going to love him. There’s not another guy like this guy.”

Norm Macdonald: ‘SNL’ veteran and comedian dies of cancer at 61

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.

— Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) September 14, 2021

Seth Rogen remembered Macdonald as “one of the all time greats” who inspired him.

“I was a huge fan of Norm Macdonald and I essentially ripped off his delivery when I first started acting,” Rogen tweeted. “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.”

Adam Sandler said he experienced “some of the hardest laughs of my life” with Macdonald: “Every one of us loved Norm…Most fearless funny original guy we knew. An incredible dad. A great friend. A legend. Love u pal.”

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. pic.twitter.com/2Pftw28uPc

— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) September 14, 2021

“Oh my God,” Jim Gaffigan tweeted. “We lost a legend.” Gaffigan called Macdonald “punishingly funny” and “completely organic” with “a unique special point of view.” 

Jim Carrey said Macdonald was “one of our most precious gems.”

“My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10 year battle,” Carrey tweeted. “An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.”

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.

— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) September 14, 2021

Macdonald is best known as a cast member on “SNL” from 1993-98, and especially his role as anchor of the show’s popular “Weekend Update” segment for three seasons. He also starred in several sitcoms and did voiceover work in animation.

“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,” the show said in a statement to USA TODAY. “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.”

Jay Mohr, who appeared alongside Macdonald on “SNL” from 1993–1995, called the comedian’s death “a massive loss.” He tweeted, “In a business filled with rock and rollers, Norm Macdonald was playing jazz.”

Sarah Silverman, a “SNL” alum from 1993–1994, said Macdonald was in “a comedy genre of his own.” She added, “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.”

Michael McKean’s time on “SNL” from 1994–1995 also overlapped with Macdonald. He simply wrote, “Love you, Norm.”

During his time on the sketch-comedy series, Macdonald was known for his impressions of Larry King, Burt Reynolds and Bob Dole, among others. 

Dole shared a picture on Twitter of Macdonald impersonating him. He said the comedian was “a great talent, and I loved laughing with him on SNL.” 

“Norm @normmacdonald was a great talent, and I loved laughing with him on SNL. *Bob Dole* will miss Norm Macdonald.” pic.twitter.com/gPsdyJ5tS9

— Senator Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) September 14, 2021

Seth MacFarlane – creator of the animated series “Family Guy” and “The Orville,” where Macdonald voiced Lieutenant Yaphit – said he’s “gonna miss” the comedian. 

“To so many people in comedy, me included, there was nobody funnier than Norm MacDonald,” MacFarlane tweeted. “You always hoped he would hang around after the work was done, just so you could hear his stories and get a laugh. So hilarious and so generous with his personality.”

Whitney Cummings said Macdonald “is the pinnacle of bravery and originality.”

Josh Gad said he’s “absolutely gutted” by Macdonald’s death. “Not Norm…One of the most underrated and hilarious SNL performers. RIP.”

Artie Lange shared a photo of himself and Macdonald embracing: “I will miss you forever!”

I will miss you forever!@normmacdonald pic.twitter.com/guVNMZpyzM

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) September 14, 2021

Eugene Levy tweeted: “Today the world lost a very, very funny man. We miss him already. R.I.P Norm Macdonald.”

Actor Stephen Amell said Macdonald was “my OG Weekend Update anchor and a pantheon level late night guest. So funny, witty, irreverent and understated. The comedy world just lost a 1 of 1. RIP.”

Norm Macdonald, actor and comedian, has died at age 61. Take a look at the “Saturday Night Live” veteran’s career in pictures. Artie Lange and Norm Macdonald star in the 1998 MGM Pictures film “Dirty Work.” From left, Actors Norm Macdonald, Dom DeLuise and Brian “Kato” Kaelin share a laugh during “Celebrities and Pros Match Skills As World Poker Tour Hits Los Angeles” at the Commerce Casino on February 25, 2003 in Commerce, California. Norm Macdonald performs during the US Comedy Arts Festival at the historic Wheeler Opera House in 2003 in Aspen, Colorado. Norm Macdonald cheers as the Cincinnati Reds take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 7, 2003 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Norm Macdonald performs at Comedy Central’s “Last Laugh” at the Orpheum Theater December 5, 2004 in Los Angeles. Norm Macdonald on stage with Mel Brooks filming “Up Close & Personal with Mel Brooks” at the Recording Academy on April 8, 2008 in Santa Monica, California. Norm Macdonald performs at The Orleans Hotel & Casino July 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Colin Quinn, from left, Chevy Chase and Norm Macdonald appear onstage at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York, Saturday, April 28, 2012. From left, Kevin Nealon, Norm Macdonald, Seth Meyers, Colin Quinn on February 15, 2015 during the “Saturday Night Live” 40th Anniversary special. Norm Macdonald arrives at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day at The Langham Huntington Hotel on April 2, 2015 in Pasadena, Calif. Wanda Sykes, Norm Macdonald and Keenen Ivory Wayans take part in panel discussion of reality television talent show “Last Comic Standing” during NBCUniversal Summer Press Day April 2, 2015, in Pasadena, California. Norm Macdonald seen at KAABOO 2017 at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in San Diego, Calif. Norm Macdonald during The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘We lost a comedy giant’: Conan O’Brien, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler mourn Norm Macdonald

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