Late-night hosts pay tribute to Norm Macdonald following his death: ‘The comedy world is poorer’
The unique comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” “Weekend Update” anchor reportedly died after a nine-year battle with cancer that he decided to wage privately. In the wake of his passing, late-night comedians who were fortunate enough to have met Macdonald throughout their careers took a moment to pay tribute to him.
“All Norm ever wanted to do was make us laugh and he was absolutely brilliant at it,” the “Late Late Show” host said. “There was nobody quite like him. I felt privileged every time I got to be in his orbit. He leaves us as one of the all-time greatest comics, perhaps the single greatest guest in the history of late-night television, I think.”
“We’ll miss you, Norm, so much,” Corden concluded. “Our thoughts are with all of Norm’s friends and family today and… Thank you so much for the laughs, Norm. We’ll never, ever forget them.”
Jimmy Fallon, who was one of the few people who also sat in the “Weekend Update” chair while on “Saturday Night Live,” proved how much of a fan he is of Macdonald’s by doing an impression of the late star and one of his stand-up bits about buying a dog that he’d committed to memory.
“The Late Show” host, Stephen Colbert, noted that he worked with Macdonald very briefly while he was a guest writer on “Saturday Night Live.” He recalled the late comedian taking him under his wing and letting him write jokes for him on “Weekend Update.”