Norm MacDonald, comedian and conservative, is dead at age 61

We lost one of the good guys.

Norm MacDonald, a Saturday Night Live cast member (from when the show was actually funny), movie star and stand up comedian, has passed from cancer at age 61.

The Daily Wire reports:

A friend of Macdonald’s, Lori Jo Hoekstra, said the “Weekend Update” anchor “had been fighting cancer for nearly a decade but was determined to keep his struggle away from family, friends and fans,” the New York Post reported.

“He was most proud of his comedy,” said Hoekstra, who was with Macdonald when he passed. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”

As highlighted by Page Six, the Quebec City native wrote for the show “Roseanne,” appeared on “The Drew Carey Show,” and then become a household name with his deadpan humor for SNL’s “Weekend Update.” In 1998, he was fired from the show and appeared in multiple movies.

On his battle with cancer, MacDonald said:

Here’s one of his funniest bits:

And one of my personal favorites, watch him drive the liberal ladies of The View nuts by attacking Bill Clinton.