Fallon, Colbert and Meyers pay homage to Norm Macdonald following comedian’s death
After the shocking death of comedian Norm Macdonald Tuesday, who died at the age of 61 after secretly dying of cancer for nine years, late-night presenters rightly paid homage to the comedy legend.
On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Macdonald's colleague Saturday Night Live seemed to be battling emotions when he first spoke of Macdonald's death, but told the first joke he ever heard from Macdonald, a long and expansive view of dogs. Fallon also spoke about the first time he met Macdonald shortly after joining SNL. Fallon met Macdonald at breakfast and introduced himself and excitedly told Macdonald that he was the best. But since he was sitting with Bob Newhart, Macdonald would not accept Fallon's compliment.
On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, after the monologue, Colbert came back from commercials and talked about his brief stint with Macdonald at SNL. Colbert only worked there as a visiting writer for a few weeks and said that Macdonald invited him to write with him. So Colbert spent all of his time there writing for Weekend Update, and he had high praise for Macdonald.
“I wish I were a good comedian to joke about Norm Macdonald's death now. But the only comedian I know who could get away with a 'Norm Macdonald is Dead Joke' is Norm Macdonald, ”said Colbert. "And I'll miss the fact that there is no one on the planet who can do it, and the comedy world is poorer for it now."
But Colbert had a joke that he thought Macdonald would have appreciated.
"Well, I hope somewhere up there or wherever ..." Colbert said, silencing it as the audience laughed. "He would find out that joke."
Finally, Meyers, who, like Fallon and Macdonald before him, ran the weekend update desk at SNL, told his favorite weekend update joke of all time in Late Night With Seth Meyers and said it was a "perfect norm joke".
"The richest girl in the world, billionaire Athina Onassis, celebrated her 10th birthday this week," Meyers said with a Macdonald-like cadence. “What is it like to be the richest girl in the world? Well, to give you an idea, there were two cakes at the party. "
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon airs at 11:35 pm on weekdays. on NBC.
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs at 11:35 pm on weekdays. on CBS.
Late Night With Seth Meyers airs on NBC at 1:35 a.m. on weekdays.
Watch Howie Mandel honors Norm Macdonald during the 'AGT' finals:
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