Norm Macdonald is a Canadian stand-up comic, writer, and actor. He has been a part of Saturday Night Live for five seasons, hosting Weekend Updates on the show for three years. He ranked 31st on the list of 50 Best Stand-up Comics of All Time published by Paste Magazine. In this blog, we will discuss some intriguing details from his career and Norm Macdonald Net Worth in 2021.
From 1999-2001, he starred in his own show, named The Norm Show along with Laurie Metcalf, Artie Lange, and Ian Gomez.
The Norm Show ran for three seasons on ABC. Norm has made guest appearances on a number of shows including The Drew Carry Show and News Radio. He has been the spokesperson of Safe Auto Insurance Company.
In 2005, Norm signed a deal with Comedy Central to create Sketch Comedy, Back to Norm. This came out in May in the same year. He was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien during its 2009-2010 run.
He also appeared on the internet talk show Tom Green’s House Tonight and even hosted the show once. Norm’s first stand-up special, Me Doing Stand-Up, aired on Comedy Central on March 26, 2011. In the same year, he took up the job of commentator and co-host along with Kara Scott on the seventh season of the TV series High Stakes Poker on the Game Show Network.
In 2013, Norm launched his first podcast Norm Macdonald Live co-hosted by Adam Eget. The podcast was available on Video Podcast Network and YouTube.
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Norm Macdonald Net Worth and Overview
|Net Worth||$1.5 million|
|Occupation||Comedian, actor, and writer|
|Date of Birth||November 30, 1990|
|Height||6’1” ft. or 1.86m|
|Spouse(s)||Connie Macdonald (m.1988; div. 1996)|
|Country of Origin||Canada|
|Source of Wealth||Movies and TV Shows|
|Twitter Followers||1.1 million|
|Last Updated||December 2020|
Norm Macdonald’s full name is Norman Gene Macdonald. He was born on October 17, 1959, in Quebec City. His father Percy Macdonald was a Canadian Army soldier during World War II and helped liberate the Netherlands, after retiring from the Army he served as a teacher.
His mother Ferne Macdonald was also a teacher. Norm has two brothers and he is the middle child. His older brother Neil Macdonald is a journalist with CBC News. Norm went to Quebec High School and Gloucester High School in Ottawa.
Career Highlights and Achievements
Norm started his career in comedy by performing at stand-up clubs in Ottawa. He used to appear regularly on amateur nights at Yuk Yuk’s in 1985. In 1986 he appeared at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Montreal Gazette called it “one of this country’s hottest comics”.
Around 1990, he started performing as a contestant on Star Search. Later in 1992, he was hired as a writer for the television sitcom Roseanne for the 1992-93 season. He quit his job as a writer and joined the Saturday Night Live in 1993.
While being on the Saturday Night Live he has performed impressions of Larry King, Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Quentin Tarantino, Bob Dole, etc. Soon after that, he started hosting the shows’ ‘Weekend Update’ section, he hosted it for almost three years.
Norm’s comedy style usually contained dark jokes including prison rapes and crack whores. Due to his habit of constantly ridiculing celebrities, he soon got fired from the ‘Weekend Update’ and was replaced by Colin Quinn. Apart from being a comic, Norm has acted in a number of movies and television series.
In 2003, he played the title character in the Fox sitcom A Minute with Stan Hooper. Later in 2005, he played a voice actor portraying a genie named Norm, on two episodes of the cartoon series The Fairly Odd Parents. He appeared in an episode on My Name is Earl, playing Lil Chubby, the son of “Chubby”.
Norm Macdonald married Connie Macdonald in 1990. Norm and Connie had a son named Dylan in 1993.
After staying together for almost a decade the couple separated in 1998. In his personal life, Norm suffered from a Gambling Addiction. He said that he caught the habit of gambling by winning a six-figure at a craps table in Atlantic City.
In the 2007 World Series of Poker, he ranked at the 20th place out of 827 people in the $3000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em event. He won $14,608 at the event. He was qualified for round two of the $5000 World Championship of Head-Ups NO-Limit Hold’em.
Norm has stirred up a number of controversies by ridiculing famous people by his jokes. He repeatedly criticized public figures such as Marion Barry, Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson and O.J. Simpson.
During Simpson’s murder trial, Norm constantly pilloried him often implying that Simpson was guilty of the brutal slaying of his ex-wife and her friend. When the court acquitted Simpson, Norm opened the following episode of “Weekend Update” by saying “well, it is finally official: Murder is legal in the state of California.”
Again in 1996, during an episode, he made a controversial joke about the sentencing of John Letter, one of the two men who murdered Brandon Teena.
After the separation of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley, Norm called him a homosexual pedophile during an episode of “Weekend Updates”. These were some of the controversial statements that got him fired from the NBC show.
What is Norm Macdonald Net Worth in 2021?
Norm Macdonald is a popular comedian and writer. He started his career with stand-up comedy. He then got the opportunity to work as a writer for a sitcom.
Macdonald further went on to feature in the popular TV show SNL. Also, he has appeared in a few movies. All the ventures allowed him to earn popularity and wealth, and Norm Macdonald Net Worth in 2021 is estimated to be $1.6 million.
A Few Interesting Facts About Norm Macdonald
- In a ‘WTF with Marc Manon’ podcast, Norm revealed that he lost all his money gambling three times, and the largest amount that he lost at once was $400,00.
- Macdonald has co-written and starred in the revenge comedy Dirty Work (1998) with Artie Lange, featuring Chris Farley in his last movie. The movie was directed by Bob Saget and was dedicated to the memory of Chris.
- He has appeared on the celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, winning $500,00 for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Charity camp.
- Norm is a huge fan of David Letterman. He burst into tears while performing the final stand-up act of Letterman’s show on May 15, 2015.
- In 2015, Macdonald appeared as a judge for the ninth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
Although Norm Macdonald was a person known for his big mouth and he would not refrain from commenting on any controversial matter but he proved his comic sense through the NBC show Saturday Night Live.
His comedic style and bold attitude were an inspiration for many young comics. The current “Weekend Updates” anchor Colin Jost called Norm as the primary influence on his own work behind the “Update” desk. Colin explained that Norm’s tone was the one that he grew up watching during high school.