Oct. 17th, 1963
Québec City, Québec, Canada
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Norm MacDonald was born on October 17, 1963, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. He began his career in stand-up comedy. MacDonald's first job was writing for "The Dennis Miller Show" (1992) and then "Roseanne" (1988). While writing for "Roseanne" (1988), he was noticed by Lorne Michaels, who liked Norm's stand up, and gave him his job on "Saturday Night Live" (1975). MacDonald became widely popular when he became the Weekend Update anchor with his trademark line "Now the fake news." He lasted from September 24, 1994, to December 13, 1997, when he was fired by Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC on the west coast. Norm's last weekend update was December 13, 1997, and he left the show in March 1998. His movie, Dirty Work (1998), which he began working on in the summer of '97, came out 2 months later. In March 1999, his show, called "The Norm Show" (1999), came out on ABC and had a 3-season run. During the time, he starred in the movie Screwed (2000), opposite Dave Chappelle.
- Celebrity impersonations include 'Burt Reynolds (I)' (qv), 'Bob Dole (I)' (qv), 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv), 'David Letterman' (qv), and 'Larry King (I)' (qv).
- Dropped out of high school when he was 15.
- Despite being fired from _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv), he was asked to host the show a year later.
- In early 2002, he and 'Jon Lovitz' (qv) were slated to play mismatched roommates for a proposed NBC sitcom entitled "Leave Me Alone," which was to have been produced by 'Adam Sandler (I)' (qv)'s production company. However, because of a dispute between the network and the producers, the pilot went unfilmed, and the series never came into fruition.
- He won $500,000 for his charity on the celebrity edition of _"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (1999/I)_ (qv). He guessed the right answer to the million dollar question but was talked out of answering in case he got it wrong.
- His father was in the Canadian Military.
- During an interview on the _"Late Show with David Letterman" (1993)_ (qv) a few days after he was fired from _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv), he told Dave that the NBC execs fired him because they thought he wasn't funny.
- Attended Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, where he took the Broadcasting-Television program, and eventually dropped out. During his time there, he became good friends with 'Randy Dash' (qv), who shot, edited and produced a stand-up act Norm had done in the city. The resulting tape was what helped Norm land his gig with _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv).