Stars are taking to social media to remember former Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” anchor Norm MacDonald following the 61-year-old comedian’s death from cancer earlier today.
MacDonald’s longtime friend and producing partner Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him at the time of his death, told Deadline that the actor kept his diagnosis private from fans and loved ones alike to prevent it from impacting how people saw him and his work. He’s best remembered for his time on SNL from 1993 to 1998. MacDonald is also remembered for his 1998 cult comedy Dirty Work and his early aughts comedy The Norm Show, as well as Netflix projects like Hitler’s Dog Gossip and Trickery.
With such an extensive comedy resumé, it’s no wonder plenty of MacDonald’s famous friends and fans are remembering him online. The comedian has received tributes from familiar faces like Jon Stewart, Seth Rogen, Steve Martin, Sarah Silverman, Josh Gad, and more.
Comedian Whitney Cummings remembered MacDonald on Twitter, writing, “Norm is the pinnacle of bravery and originality.” She also shared a clip of his iconic roast of colleague Bob Saget.
Silverman echoed Cummings, tweeting, “Norm was in a comedy genre of his own. 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.”
Meanwhile, Rogen shared that he was such a “huge fan” of MacDonald that he “essentially ripped off his delivery when I first started acting.”
“I would stay up specifically to watch him on talk shows,” Rogen wrote on Twitter. “He was the funniest guest of all time. We lost a comedy giant today. One of the all time greats.”
Find these and more social media remembrances below.