Netflix will release a posthumous Norm Macdonald comedy special: ‘He left this gift.’

After his death in September, Norm Macdonald left the world with memories of his iconic comedy, but it turns out there are still more laughs to be had.

At the age of 61, the “Saturday Night Live” veteran died on September 14 after a private battle with cancer. One of his most recent projects was Netflix’s “Norm Macdonald Has a Show,” a cut-down talk show that premiered in 2018 and featured the comedian interviewing celebrities.

However, the streaming giant announced on Thursday that the comedian hasn’t had his last laugh yet, announcing a never-before-seen stand-up comedy special that he recorded alone in his living room in 2020.

“Nothing Special,” a title Macdonald came up with himself, will be coming to Netflix May 30 and features jokes he wrote but never got a chance to perform due to venues being closed because of the COVID-19 lockdowns, according to a press release from the streamer.

“Norm worked so hard on a new hour of material and wanted it to be seen, but Covid restrictions prevented him from filming in front of an audience,” Macdonald’s producing partner Lori Jo Hoekstra said in a release. “He bequeathed this gift to all of us.”

According to the release, the special will be a one-take recital of Macdonald’s most recent material, followed by a pre-recorded compilation of fellow comedians such as Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle, and Molly Shannon discussing Macdonald’s comedy legacy.

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Macdonald rose to prominence as a cast member on “SNL” from 1993 to 1998, most notably as the anchor of the show’s popular “Weekend Update” segment for three seasons. His dry, sarcastic wit and gravelly voice could also be heard in a number of sitcoms and animated series.

Macdonald was known for his impressions of Larry King, Burt Reynolds, and Bob Dole during his time on the sketch comedy series. His portrayal of the mustachioed Reynolds was a memorable part of the popular “Celebrity Jeopardy!” sketches, which also starred Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, and he reprised the role in the “SNL” 40th anniversary celebration in 2015.

 

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