Norm Macdonald


Norman Gene "Norm" Macdonald is a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor. He is best known for his five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, which included anchoring Weekend Update for three years. Early in his career, he wrote for the sitcom Roseanne and made appearances on shows including The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio. He also starred in The Norm Show from 1999 to 2001.… Read More

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1959 Birth Born on October 17, 1959.


1987 27 Years Old Macdonald's first performances in comedy were at stand-up at clubs in Ottawa. He appeared at the 1987 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.


1993 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Macdonald joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL) television program in 1993, where he performed impressions of Larry King, Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Quentin Tarantino, Charles Kuralt and Bob Dole, among others. … Read More
1996 36 Years Old 1 More Event
During the February 24, 1996, episode, Macdonald made a controversial joke about the sentencing of John Lotter, one of the two men who committed the notorious murder of Brandon Teena: "In Falls City, Nebraska, John Lotter has been sentenced to death for attempting to kill three people in what prosecutors called a plot to silence a cross-dressing female who had accused him of rape. … Read More
1997 37 Years Old During the April 12, 1997, show (host Rob Lowe, musical guest The Spice Girls), wherein, during a "Weekend Update" story about Tabitha Soren, he accidentally coughed in the middle of a sentence and, live on the air, muttered, "What the fuck was that?" The audience applauded, and Macdonald laughed the error away (saying at one point "My farewell performance" and, in closing, "Maybe we'll see you next week").
1998 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1998, Don Ohlmeyer had Macdonald removed as "Weekend Update" anchor, citing declining ratings and a drop-off in quality. … Read More
In 1999, Macdonald starred in the sitcom The Norm Show (later renamed Norm), co-starring Laurie Metcalf, Artie Lange and Ian Gomez. … Read More


2000 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, Macdonald played the starring role for the second time in a motion picture, Screwed, which fared poorly at the box office.
2003 43 Years Old In 2003 he played the title character in the Fox sitcom A Minute with Stan Hooper, which was canceled after six episodes.
2005 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, Macdonald signed a deal with Comedy Central to create the sketch-comedy Back to Norm, which debuted that May. … Read More
2006 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, Macdonald again performed as a voice actor, this time in a series of commercials for the Canadian cellphone-services provider Bell Mobility, as the voice of "Frank the Beaver". … Read More
2007 47 Years Old In the 2007 World Series of Poker, he came in 20th place out of 827 entrants in the $3,000 No Limit Texas Hold 'em event, winning $14,608. … Read More
2008 48 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 19, 2008, Macdonald was a celebrity panelist on two episodes of a revived version of the game show Match Game.
In 2009, Macdonald played a fictional, down-on-his-luck version of himself on FX's The Norm Macdonald Reality Show.


2010 50 Years Old 1 More Event
He has made frequent appearances on the Internet talk show Tom Green's House Tonight, and on May 20, 2010, was guest host.
Sports Show with Norm Macdonald premiered April 12, 2011. … Read More
2012 - 2013 2 More Events
On an episode of the Rob Breakenridge Show airing February 6, 2014, Macdonald said he was writing his memoirs.
On May 15, 2015, Macdonald was the final stand-up act on the Late Show with David Letterman and included in his set a joke Letterman had told the first time Macdonald had ever seen him, during his appearance on a Canadian talk show, 90 Minutes Live, in the 1970s, where a teenaged Macdonald had been in the studio audience.
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