Norm Macdonald dead: Comic remembered for infamous moth joke

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In tributes to Norm Macdonald, who died Tuesday, Seth MacFarlane said there was 'nobody funnier' and Conan O'Brien called him 'uncompromisingly funny.'
Heart-warming stories, waves of shock and recycled jokes took over Twitter Tuesday following the death of comedy giant Norm Macdonald, who died at 61 after privately battling cancer for nine years.

Comedians and actors influenced by the former "Saturday Night Live" star mourned his death, which cut deep and prompted sobering missives from celebrities and social-media personalities.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan called Macdonald "punishingly funny," actor Patton Oswalt wrote "seriously this really hurts" and D.L. Hughley said he was "speechless."

Macdonald hosted Weekend Update on "Saturday Night Live" for three seasons and made a long-winded moth joke famous, and also starred in the sitcoms "Dirty Work" and "Funny People." But it was his influence on young comics that came through on social media Tuesday.

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"To so many people in comedy, me included, there was nobody funnier than Norm MacDonald," wrote "Family Guy" star Seth MacFarlane. "You always hoped he would hang around after the work was done, just so you could hear his stories and get a laugh. So hilarious and so generous with his personality. I'm gonna miss him."

To so many people in comedy, me included, there was nobody funnier than Norm MacDonald. You always hoped he would hang around after the work was done, just so you could hear his stories and get a laugh. So hilarious and so generous with his personality. I'm gonna miss him. — Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) September 14, 2021

Sarah Silverman, one of the few female comedians to publicly comment on Macdonald's legacy, tweeted that he "was in a comedy genre of his own."

"No one like him on this planet. Please do yourself a favor and watch his stuff. He was one of a kind of all time," she wrote.

Norm was in a comedy genre of his own. No one like him on this planet. Please do yourself a favor and watch his stuff. He was one of a kind of all time — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 14, 2021

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