The comedy world is mourning “one of the all time greats,” Norm Macdonald, who passed away at 61 on Tuesday after a private battle with cancer.
Deadline first reported the news, alongside a statement from his friend and longtime producing partner Lori Jo Hoekstra.
“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,” read the statement. “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.”
Macdonald, who was best known for his time on Saturday Night Live, was honored with