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Norm MacDonald

Norm MacDonald

Biography

Perhaps most famous for getting fired from SNL's Weekend Update in 1997, Norm MacDonald has been active across many platforms. Shortly after his last appearance on SNL, MacDonald starred with Artie Lange in the cult comedy Dirty Work, took on various voice-over roles, and had guest spots on sitcoms and in movies. Still, he never really achieved the mega-success of fellow SNL alumni Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler. MacDonald's fearless penchant for saying "the wrong thing" in televised and print interviews undoubtedly had an effect on his career, and he spent the beginning of the '00s in relative obscurity. In 2006, a sketch comedy album, Ridiculous, was released to no fanfare. The popularity of his many appearances on YouTube and his recurring spots on Conan O'Brien, Dennis Miller's radio show and Howard Stern, however, eventually returned MacDonald to prominence in the comedy community. MacDonald began development of a Comedy Central sketch show in 2010, and his first special for the channel, Just Me Doing Stand-Up, aired in March 2011.

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