As the incredibly sad news of Norm MacDonald's passing spread around the office many of us were dismayed. I'm sure you can tell because there's already been about 5 blogs about him with others in content sharing their favorite moments. I also know I'm not the only one here who looked up to him as a comedy legend because right away at the desk behind me I could hear PFT playing one of the best videos, Norm MacDonald at the 1998 ESPN Awards:
The other of countless top notch videos that is an absolute favorite of mine, and that I've probably watched a hundred times by now, is Norm MacDonald at the 1997 White House Correspondent's Dinner. Seeing people squirm in their seats as he took aim & landed genuinely hilarious jokes with almost painful perfection & hearing the roar from the crowd as he did... so, so good.
If you watch either of these videos, which I highly recommend you do, I promise you will find yourself laughing and smiling the whole way through. No delivery could compare to his.
I also enjoyed following MacDonald on Twitter. He was a huge sports fan & bettor & he'd often Tweet out a sort of matter of fact play-by-play of entire games. My brain couldn't help but read all of them in his voice.
His last Tweet was back in July about game 4 of the NBA Finals, and now people are piling on in the thread to share their respects.
Fellow comedians are also sharing their grief & stories that exemplify what a great person he was:
"I'm not a doctor, but I'm pretty sure… if you die, the cancer also dies at exactly the same time. So that to me is not a loss; that's a draw. You know what I mean? It's not like… the cancer's going to jump up and go, "Arrrgh I fucked Uncle Bert's wife, where is he? I won fair and square. Is this where he works? Hi, name's Cancer. Where do I? Just show me to my cubicle…"
Rest in peace to one of the greatest.