Norm Macdonald is perhaps best known for his five seasons as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). For three years Macdonald anchored “Weekend Update”,...Expand
Norm Macdonald is perhaps best known for his five seasons as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). For three years Macdonald anchored “Weekend Update”, SNL’s longest running recurring sketch. Macdonald also wrote for the popular ABC sitcom “Roseanne” and starred in “The Norm Show” from 1999 to 2001. Comedy Central named Macdonald #83 on the five part miniseries “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time”. He is also noted as one of Conan O'Brien's favorite and most frequent guests on his various talk shows.
Aside from his notable characterizations of Bob Dole and Burt Reynolds, Macdonald proved that his acerbic wit and writing were not contained to the small screen. In 1998, Macdonald co-wrote and starred in the comedic film Dirty Work. Directed by Bob Saget and released by MGM, this film became an instant comedy cult classic. Macdonald also played the voice of “Lucky”, the dog in all three of the Eddie Murphy remakes of Dr. Doolittle. Macdonald was also seen in the hit comedy Billy Madison with Adam Sandler in 1995. In 1996, Macdonald played a network reporter in Milos Foreman's Academy Award-nominated film The People Vs. Larry Flint and he also appeared in Foreman’s 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic, Man on the Moon, which grossed $45.6 million worldwide.
In 2000, Macdonald rejoined Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, (The People Vs. Larry Flint and Man On The Moon) and starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the film, Screwed. In 2010, Macdonald joined former Billy Madison costar Sandler in the hit comedy Grown Ups which grossed $268 million worldwide.
Next for Macdonald was the highly anticipated Comedy Central series “Sports Talk” which premiered in April 2011. The show focused on current events in sports and was taped in front of a live studio audience. In addition, Macdonald was featured in the one-hour Comedy Central stand-up special, “Norm Macdonald: Just Me Doing Stand-Up”, which debuted in March 2011. This spring, Macdonald replaced Gabe Kaplan as commentator on the seventh season of “High Stakes Poker” on GSN. It featured a minimum cash buy-in of $200,000 and a maximum buy in of $500,000, “High Stakes Poker” is the premiere cash game in the history of television. Those that joined Macdonald for the seventh season was a GSN talent roster that included Drew Carey, Bill Engvall, and Jerry Springer.
As a native of Quebec City, Canada, Macdonald began his stand-up career in comedy clubs throughout Canada. Macdonald currently resides in Los Angeles.