Norm Macdonald dies at 61: Fellow comics recall a 'courageous comedy genius'

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Jim Carrey, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman and Jon Stewart are among the comedians paying tribute to the SNL alum, who died Tuesday at 61.
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Jim Carrey, Jon Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Sarah Silverman, Steve Martin, Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogan and a host of other performers paid tribute to comedian Norm Macdonald Tuesday following news that the SNL alum had died at age 61.

"Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny," Conan O'Brien tweeted. "I will never laugh that hard again." Wrote Sarah Silverman, "Norm was in a comedy genre of his own. No one like him on this planet. lease do yourself a favor and watch his stuff."

Macdonald had been battling cancer for nine years, according to Deadline, which reporting the comedian's death citing MacDonald's management firm Brillstein Entertainment.

Born in Quebec, the deadpan comedian and actor was from 1993 to 1998 a cast member on Saturday Night Live, where he hosted Weekend Update segments. Fans fondly his impressions of Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, David Letterman, Larry King, Quentin Tarantino, Mr. Bean, Rod Serling and former US Sen. Bob Dole, who paid his respects to MacDonald on Tuesday. "Norm was a great talent," Dole tweeted, "and I loved laughing with him on SNL."

"Norm @normmacdonald was a great talent, and I loved laughing with him on SNL. *Bob Dole* will miss Norm Macdonald." pic.twitter.com/gPsdyJ5tS9 — Senator Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) September 14,…
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