Jon Stewart Emotionally Reacts to ‘SNL’ Star Norm Macdonald’s Death

by John Jamison

Longtime comedian and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Norm Macdonald battled cancer for nine years before he succumbed on Tuesday at 61 years of age. In the wake of the legendary comedian’s death, celebrities and friends are remembering him fondly. Iconic host of “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart, took to Twitter. He offered some kinds words about Macdonald.

Jon Stewart was among the fortunate few who had a front-row seat to watch Norm do his thing. Macdonald appeared a handful of times on Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” Making other comedians laugh is no easy feat. Yet every single time Macdonald came on Jon Stewart’s show, the iconic host would crack up hysterically.

Jon Stewart’s tweet captured this perfectly. With reactions like these among the comedian crowd, it’s clear that the loss of Norm Macdonald is a major loss to the world of comedy.

Jon Stewart and Norm MacDonald Fans Weigh In

If Norm Macdonald could make Jon Stewart laugh that much, imagine how the audience at home was reacting. Comedy exists to make others laugh, after all. And Macdonald meant a lot to many for his ability to do just that. Fans chimed in on Jon Stewart’s tweet with their own sentiments in the wake of the comedian’s death.

“He gave until the very end, even hosting a show for us on lockdown, he made me laugh so hard back when,” one Twitter user wrote.

“I totally respect that he kept his health issues quiet … but man – the world is suddenly less funny,” another added.

And even when he wasn’t funny, Norm MacDonald didn’t let that slow him down one bit. A fan tweeted a quote of his.

“‘Comedy is surprises, so if you’re intending to make somebody laugh and they don’t laugh, that’s funny.’ – Norm Macdonald,” the Twitter user wrote.

How the Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star Saw Himself

He started his career as a writer. Then, he transitioned quickly to comedic acting on a legendary sketch show. From there, he starred on scripted sitcoms, becoming an all-around TV personality. If you asked him, though, he was a stand-up comedian. Plain and simple.

“In my mind, I’m just a stand-up. But other people don’t think that. They go, oh, the guy from ‘S.N.L.’ is doing stand-up now,” Macdonald told The New York Times in 2018.

At the end of the day, the one thing that stayed consistent from his writing days to starring in sitcoms was his stand-up. According to The New York Times, the 10 years Macdonald spent traveling across his native Canada performing at comedy clubs set him up for success. Further, he clarified that while many saw his brand of humor as “anti-comedy,” he was not an anti-comic.