Norm Macdonald Late Night Tributes: Seth Meyers, James Corden & Others Remember “Absolute Comedy Legend”
Late-night hosts across networks paid tribute on Tuesday to Norm Macdonald, who died earlier in the day, following a nine-year, private battle with cancer, at age 61.
The most detailed and personal tribute came from the host of Late Night, Macdonald’s fellow Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers, who called him a “fantastic comedian.”
“He was the gold standard, and he will continue to be the gold standard,” Meyers said. “I would just suggest that everybody go watch him tell the moth story on Conan, go watch any number of Norm Macdonald things tonight, because they are really, truly timeless.”
Meyers noted while Macdonald’s passing is “tragic”, he doesn’t believe the comic would want to hear “anything sentimental” said about him. He therefore dedicated much of his tribute to his favorite Macdonald jokes and his memories of the comic.
“I started at SNL in 2001, and I remember one time, Norm walked back into the studio to visit,” Meyers remembered. “I don’t remember how old his son was at the time, but his son was young and someone said, ‘Hey Norm, how’s being a dad?’ And he said, ‘It’s going great. Still no abductions.’ That’s the first thing I ever heard him say in-person.”
Another joke that sticks with him comes from Macdonald’s time anchoring SNL‘s Weekend Update. “I always think about this…It is a perfect Norm joke,” he said. “‘The richest girl in the world, billionaire Athina Onassis, celebrated her 10th birthday this week. What’s it like to be the richest girl in the world? Well, to give you some idea, at the party, they had two cakes.”
Meyers later touched on Macdonald’s “favorite thing about SNL” being the idea that it was “the last place on TV where you can bomb,” saluting him for his courage and commitment, as a performer.
“I think for so many of us, we came up watching Norm, and we thought that you were on the inside with him, when you were watching him tell these jokes that you thought were great, and no one in the room thought was good,” he said. “You just felt this connection to him and that ability to just stare into an audience, unblinkingly telling the jokes that he believed in.”