Norman Gene Macdonald, standup comedian, actor, writer, producer (born at Quebec City 17 Oct 1963). Norm Macdonald is known for his irreverent humor, low-key delivery, and his work on the long-running NBC comedy-variety show, Saturday Night Live (SNL).
Macdonald enrolled in Algonquin College's Broadcasting-Television program in Ontario, though did not complete the course. He toured Canada doing standup comedy and wrote for The Dennis Miller Show (1992) and Roseanne (1992-93) before finding fame on Saturday Night Live. As a regular cast member (1993-98), he did memorable impersonations of celebrities and spent 3 years (1994-97) as the anchor of the long-running SNL "fake news" feature, "Weekend Update."
Macdonald starred as a former hockey player banned from the league and doing community service as a social worker to keep himself from jail in the sitcom The Norm Show (1999-2001), which he co-created. Notable feature film work includes a lead role in the comedy Dirty Work (1998), co-written by Macdonald and called a cult classic, and a lead in Screwed (2000) opposite Dave Chappelle. Former SNL castmates often appear in each other’s films, and Macdonald has been in several with Adam Sandler, including Billy Madison (1995) and Grown Ups (2010). His unique voice was that of Lucky the dog in the Dr. Doolittle films.
A lifelong fan of sports, the thread runs through much of Macdonald’s humour. In 2011 he hosted Sports Show with Norm Macdonald on Comedy Central. He has also done many guest spots for TV, including returning characters on NBC’s popular My Name is Earl and ABC’s The Middle. Macdonald does comedy gigs and TV specials and has released several comedy albums. He was included in the miniseries 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time by Comedy Central.