”He is, in my opinion, the greatest host of ‘Weekend Update’ that ‘SNL’ ever had,“ Stephen Colbert said
The late night host also admitted that he had to work hard to differentiate himself and his joke delivery from Macdonald on “Weekend Update.” Of course, it didn’t exactly work. As Meyers recalled, he once told Macdonald about his struggle in this area, and Macdonald comforted Seth, admitting that his son once told him “You talk like Seth Meyers!”
“He was the gold standard, and he will continue to be the gold standard,” Meyers said. You can watch his full tribute to Norm Macdonald in the video above.
Stephen Colbert recalled the single month that he wrote for “SNL” and how Macdonald took him under his wing. “I ended up writing for ‘Weekend Update’ for the whole time I was there. And he is, in my opinion, the greatest host of ‘Weekend Update’ that SNL ever had.”
Colbert also made a similar assertion to Seth Meyers, saying “I liked the fact that he would tell jokes that he, in the nicest possible way, didn’t seem to care if the audience liked them.”
Jimmy Fallon, another “SNL” alum, noted that Macdonald “changed the whole game” during his tenure behind the “Weekend Update” desk, and happily performed one of his favorite Norm Macdonald bits about buying a wiener dog.
Host James Corden allowed his colleagues to recount specific moments they had with Macdonald, having not worked with the comedian himself all that much. Still, he offered kind words for Macdonald, saying he “leaves us as one of the all-time great comics, perhaps the single greatest guest in the history of late night television.”
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