Norm Macdonald Honored by Lorne Michaels, John Oliver at Emmys: One of the Best We Ever Had
John Oliver and Lorne Michaels both paid tribute to late comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum Norm Macdonald at the 2021 Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
“I do want to say, this is an award for late night comedy, no one was funnier in the last 20 years than Norm Macdonald on late night comedy. So if you have any time in the next week, do what I did and just spend time YouTubing clips of Norm and Conan because it doesn’t get better than that,” Oliver said while accepting the Emmy for variety talk series.
Michaels, creator and producer of “SNL,” also paid tribute to the late Weekend Update anchor while accepting the Emmy for variety sketch series.
“Weekend Update has been part of ‘SNL’ for 46 seasons. And here I’d like to pay tribute to one of the best we ever had, Norm Macdonald,” he said.
Macdonald’s death shocked the entertainment industry earlier this week. The comedy genius died on Tuesday at 61 following an almost decade-long battle with cancer. Tributes poured in on social media for the memorable “SNL” star, including messages from Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jim Carrey, Patton Oswalt and many more.
On Tuesday, “Saturday Night Live” issued a statement in honor of Macdonald, who was on the series from 1993 to 1998 and anchored “Weekend Update” during his tenure.
“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,” the statement read.
Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, both former “Saturday Night Live” stars and “Weekend Update” veterans, honored Macdonald on their late-night talk shows after his death, as did James Corden and Stephen Colbert.
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