Norm Macdonald has the last laugh after it’s been announced the comedian secretly filmed one final stand-up special before his death.
Macdonald died last September at the age of 61. But the comedian shot a private one-hour stand-up special, which was filmed in his living room. The special, titled Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special, will premiere on Netflix on May 30.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Macdonald went to the hospital in 2020 and was told the results were not good. And before he was set to go in for a procedure, Macdonald set out to film a special. “He wanted to get this on tape just in case — as he put it — things went south,” said Macdonald’s long-time producing partner Lori jo Hoekstra to THR.
“It was his intention to have a special to share if something happened.”
Norm Macdonald died after a nine-year battle with cancer, which he kept private. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him<' Hoekstra said.
Macdonald has a rich career in comedy that spans through a legendary shift at Saturday Night Live as well as several beloved specials and an ABC sitcom.
Known for an acerbic wit and delivery, having a literal last laugh for a special is a perfect sendoff from one of history’s best comics.
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