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NEW YORK (AP) – Seth Meyers of NBC’s “Late Night” is among those paying tribute to friend and colleague Norm Macdonald. After he did his opening monologue last night, Meyers reminisced about someone he calls “the gold standard” of comedy. He noted Macdonald had a “truly timeless” brand of humor. Other comedians have lavished praise on Macdonald, who died of cancer at age 61 yesterday. Conan O’Brien says Macdonald “had the most unique comedic voice” he’s ever heard. Adam Sandler said Macdonald gave him “some of the hardest laughs” he’s had. And Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (troo-DOH’) says his fellow countryman was “a comedic genius.”


NEW YORK (AP) – Norm Macdonald once said he had no hard feelings about being fired from “Saturday Night Live.” He was cut during the 1998 season, after resisting calls by NBC to cut back on his constant joking about O.J. Simpson. The jokes suggesting Simpson was guilty of murder didn’t go over well with NBC exec Don Olmeyer, a pal of Simpson’s. In the end, Macdonald said he understood NBC “owned the cameras” and had the right to fire him. He would later say it hurt him because he didn’t want to make the news for anything but comedy.


NEW YORK (AP) – Reactions to the death of Norm Macdonald, who died of cancer yesterday at age 61:
“I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald. Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I’m so sad for all of us today.” – Conan O’Brien on Twitter.

“Every one of us loved Norm. Some of the hardest laughs of my life with this man. Most fearless funny original guy we knew. An incredible dad. A great friend. A legend. Love u pal.” – Adam Sandler on Instagram.

“Norm was in a comedy genre of his own. No one like him on this planet. Please do yourself a favor and watch his stuff. He was one of a kind of all time” – Sarah Silverman on Twitter.

“He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.” – Jim Carrey, via Twitter.

“The world was a much funnier place because Norm Macdonald was in it. We’ve lost a comedic genius, and a great Canadian. Sending my condolences to his loved ones and countless fans mourning his passing.” – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, on Twitter.

“Norm was a great talent, and I loved laughing with him on SNL. (asterisk)Bob Dole(asterisk) will miss Norm Macdonald.” – Former Senator Bob Dole, who Macdonald often played on “Saturday Night Live,” via Twitter.

“He was an original. When I watched young comics on the early comedy TV shows, like The Improv or Catch a Rising Star, I’d study each comic’s style and think, oh yeah, he’s doing Leno or he’s doing Letterman or he’s doing Rickles. When Norm came on, I said he’s not doing anybody.” – Bob Newhart, in an emailed statement.

“We loved Norm MacDonald. One of a kind.” – Steve Martin, via Twitter.

“No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald. Hilarious and unique.” – Jon Stewart on Twitter.

“Today the world lost a very, very funny man. We miss him already.” – Eugene Levy, via Twitter.

“Oh my God what is even happening. Good bye, Norm. You were never not 100% hilarious.” – Patton Oswalt, via Twitter.

“Your intelligent comedy and the way you cared so much about words and sentences and storytelling was like no one else. Just brilliant. Your writing was like poetry.” – Molly Shannon on Instagram.

“All of us here at SNL mourn the loss of Norm Macdonald, one of the most impactful comedic voices of his or any other generation. There are so many things that we’ll miss about Norm – from his unflinching integrity to his generosity to his consistent ability to surprise. But most of all he was just plain funny. No one was funny like Norm.” – “Saturday Night Live,” in an emailed statement.


NEW YORK (AP) – Broadway’s heavy hitters are back in the lineup – and it seems everyone is happier as a result. The three big shows that first signed on to return to Broadway resumed production last night. And while “The Lion King,” “Hamilton” and “Wicked” were beaten to the punch by other shows that came back earlier, their return seemed to mark the start of Broadway’s post-pandemic era. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda spoke for many when he said, “I don’t ever want to take live theater for granted.”


NEW YORK (AP) – She’s the subject of a new HBO documentary about her – and did lengthy interviews for it. But Alanis Morissette says she’s no longer down with “Jagged.” While she didn’t specify her reasons for pulling support for the project, Morissette says the film is “reductive” and “salacious.” It’s believed her withdrawal stems from the film’s accounts of sexual encounters she had as a teen – incidents she calls statutory rape.


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A splash zone – at a rock concert? That’s what a lawyer for Marilyn Manson is implying. The musician is accused of spitting and blowing his nose on a videographer during a show in New Hampshire in 2019. But his lawyer says the cameraperson accepted the risk she might be encounter bodily fluids when she went in the pit area. The shooter says Manson did it on purpose. But his lawyer insists it was just “incidental contact” Manson’s spit and snot.


NEW YORK (AP) – Will the jury hear from R. Kelly during his sex-trafficking trial? That depends on the judge handling the proceedings – at least when it comes recordings prosecutors want to play in court. They say the tapes show Kelly regularly threatened violence to keep women in his compound in check. In one case, Kelly berated a woman he claims stole his watch. On the tape, the musician suggested “something will happen” to her if that happened again.