From his impersonations as Burt Reynolds and Larry King to his spot on the “Weekend Update,” Norm Macdonald was one of the most iconic comedians to appear during the 46 seasons of “Saturday Night Live.”
Macdonald appeared as a cast member of the show from 1993-98, and was the anchor of its “Weekend Update” segment for three seasons. Macdonald, who passed away at the age of 61 on Tuesday after battling cancer, was such a memorable member of the cast that current “Weekend Update” anchor Colin Jost listed Macdonald as his biggest influence for the job.
As the world mourns the loss of the beloved comedian, here are some of his most memorable moments on “SNL.”
One of his most iconic impersonations, Macdonald impersonated Burt Reynolds during the recurring “Celebrity Jeopardy!” sketches. The character found such great success that he did the impersonation multiple times, including making an appearance during the show’s 40th-anniversary special.
One of the most well-known moments came in 1999 when Macdonald’s Reynolds character changed his name to “Turd Ferguson” during the faux-game show and wore an oversized foam cowboy hat.
Some of his most memorable lines during the role include, “Don’t bother. I didn’t write anything” during Final Jeopardy, attempting to put the foam hat on Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, played by ‘SNL’ star Will Ferrell, and when asked where he came from, responding, “I’ve been here the whole time.”
Here are some of Macdonald’s best lines during his time as anchor of the spoof news show:
“Monday is Oscar night and three films, ‘The English Patient’ ‘Secrets and Lies,’ and ‘Shine’ are locked in a tight race in the category: Best Picture there’s not a chance in hell I will ever see.”
“Oprah Winfrey’s longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham has written a new book called, ‘You Can Make it Happen: A Nine-Step Plan For Success.’ Step number one, become Oprah Winfrey’s boyfriend. Then the other eight are just ‘hang around.'”
“Paul McCartney will take part in this first live online chat May 17, and a record two and a half million calls have already come in for people hoping to have an actual moment of contact with the former Beatle. Although it should be noted that 2 million of those calls came from Ringo Starr.”
“Real estate mogul Donald Trump announced this week that after three and a half years of marriage, he is seeking a divorce from wife, Marla Maples. According to Trump, Maples violated part of their marriage agreement when she decided to turn 30.”
“In London, British scientists created a frog embryo without a head, a breakthrough that could lead to a reduction of headless human clones to provide organs and tissue for transplant, as well as horrific nightmares for the rest of my life.”
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