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Norm MacDonald

A muttering, slovenly, and acerbic standup comedian, actor, and writer known for his high-profile firing from Saturday Night Live, Norm MacDonald is a love-him-or-hate-him character. Born in Quebec City, Quebec, MacDonald started out performing in comedy clubs across Canada before he decided to pack his bags and move to Los Angeles. His wry style landed him gigs writing for the popular sitcom Roseanne along with The Dennis Miller Show, but a 1993 offer to write for SNL had him switching coasts and moving to New York City. A year later he was hosting the show's "Weekend Update" segment, delivering deadpan jokes about prison rape and crack whores that sometime received more gasps than laughs. Original "Weekend Update" host Chevy Chase declared him the best "fake anchor" he had ever seen, and while a cult of MacDonald fans was growing, the West Coast president of NBC, Don Ohlmeyer, was certainly not one of them. Ohlmeyer pressured Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels to fire MacDonald on the grounds he was "not funny." MacDonald was off "Weekend Update" in 1997 and completely off the show in 1998, the same year he made his feature film debut with the genuine bomb Dirty Work.

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