Rob Schneider Pens Emotional Words after Norm Macdonald’s Death: ‘I’m Still Crying Today’

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Count Saturday Night Live alum Rob Schneider as someone who is devastated by the death of Norm Macdonald.

The two worked together for one season on SNL. Schneider wrote for the show, then became a permanent cast member from 1988 through 1994. Norm Macdonald joined the cast in 1993 and stayed until 1998. Both comedians created wonderful characters, with Norm Macdonald also serving as anchor of Weekend Update for three years.

Schneider posted four group photos of happier times on SNL.

He tweeted: “Norm, I didn’t just like you. I loved you. You didn’t just make me laugh. You made me cry with laughter. I’m still crying today. But when I think of you, my tears will run down my face with all the memories of all the laughter and all the joys that you brought to all of us. Rest”

Few Knew Norm Macdonald Was Sick

Norm Macdonald died Tuesday. He was only 61. No one knew he even was sick. His friend and long-time producing partner Lori Jo Hoekstra confirmed Macdonald’s death, saying that the comedian had suffered from cancer for the past 10 years.

“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra told Deadline. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”

On the day he died, Norm Macdonald still was scheduled to appear during November’s New York Comedy Festival. He wanted to work through his illness.

Schneider wasn’t the only well-known comedian to mourn Macdonald’s death. Many others, including Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin and Patton Oswalt posted their heartfelt thoughts about Macdonald on social media.

Seth Rogen admitted that he held Norm Macdonald in such high esteem that he “essentially ripped off his delivery” when he first started acting.

Ken Jeong wrote, “In such a divisive time even among comedians, we can all agree Norm MacDonald was the best. Rest In Peace.”

Schneider and Macdonald shared a long-time friendship. And they promoted each other’s work. Macdonald tried to hype one of Schneider’s movies four years ago, using fancy words to talk about a Schneider series on Netflix.

Back in 2017, Norm Macdonald posted: “My friend Rob Schneider, one of the few comedy auteurs we have, has created the hysterical “REAL ROB”, and season 2 is now streaming on Netflix. Couldn’t recommend anything more.”

The series ran for two seasons. And it basically a reality show. Schneider played himself. The series also included his wife and daughter, both playing themselves. That’s probably why Norm Macdonald used the word “auteur.” It means when a filmmaker gives the project a personal and unique view.

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