Norm Macdonald’s Secret Last Standup Special: ‘I Definitely Cried’

There is one last laugh.

Norm Macdonald secretly taped a run of a planned stand-up special just before his death – and it could be coming to Netflix soon.

The exciting news was announced by fellow funnyman David Spade on Wednesday, eight months after the Saturday Night Live star’s untimely death.

“I was definitely crying,” Spade explained, saying he saw the footage along with five of Macdonald’s closest friends after a belated memorial service in Los Angeles last weekend.

The Weekend Update legend died last September at the age of 61 after a nine-year battle with leukemia, which he kept secret from the public.

The death came as a shock to fans around the world – but they will now be heartened to know that more Macdonald material was in the pipeline and could be hitting screens soon.

Spade (left) is pictured with Macdonald (right) and her former "Saturday night live" Co-star Dennis Miller (centre), just before Macdonald's death.
Spade (left) is pictured with Macdonald (right) and her former Saturday Night Live co-star Dennis Miller (centre) shortly before Macdonald’s death.
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Speaking about the special with Dana Carvey on the final episode of his Fly on the Wall podcast, Spade said Macdonald recorded the rough run as he was home alone when cinemas were closed amid the COVID-19 lockdowns.

“He just said, ‘You know, I’m always trying to do my set,’ and he was getting weaker, which we didn’t know,” Spade explained. “They keep closing movie theaters and they wouldn’t let him go, so he said, ‘I’m only going to direct it once, just say it out loud.’ “

The prankster said the jokes in the final stand-up were “classic norm stuff.”

Spade was among those attending Macdonald’s memorial service at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood last weekend, with Bill Murray, Molly Shannon and Conan O’Brien also reporting to be present at the event.

The prankster revealed camera crews were on hand to film the memorial, leading him to believe a documentary about Macdonald is currently in the works with Netflix – where Macdonald previously hosted a talk show. The Post has reached out to the streaming platform for comment.

Spade added that he believes the walkthrough of Macdonald’s latest stand-up special could be included in the documentary.

Spade starred with Macdonald "Saturday night live" in the mid-1990s, with the pair remaining firm friends in subsequent years.
Spade starred with Macdonald on “Saturday Night Live” in the mid-1990s, and the pair remained firm friends in the years that followed.
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Macdonald is pictured at the standup in 2017.  He was secretly battling leukemia.
Macdonald is pictured standing up in 2017. He was secretly battling leukemia.

Spade starred with Macdonald on “SNL” in the mid-1990s, and the pair remained firm friends in the years that followed.

Macdonald – who was born in Canada – rose to fame after joining the ‘SNL’ cast in 1993.

Credited with “saving the show during one of its ‘darkest times’,” the tongue-in-cheek comedian became known for his impressions of Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Larry King and Quentin Tarantino during its five-year run.

After being fired from SNL in 1998, Macdonald starred in his own sitcom, The Norm Show, which ran for three seasons from 1999-2001 on ABC.

In the years that followed, he became known for his stand-up specials, with The New York Times describing the comedian as a “devious esthete” who elevated stand-up and helped raise its cultural prestige to an art in recent decades do that deserves respect. ”

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