Comedian Norm Macdonald passed away yesterday, but we’ll see him on screen again in The Orville season 3.
Yesterday, we learned that Norm Macdonald had died at the age of 61, after a nearly decade-long battle with cancer he’d kept mostly to himself. Macdonald was a comedian, Saturday Night Live veteran, movie star and podcast host who had audiences laughing for decades with his deadpan style. He was great at getting laughs by shaking up our expectations, like when he cracked up the panel on Late Night with Conan O’Brien by openly mocking the movie they were there to promote:
Lots of comedians have come out to mourn Macdonald since his passing, including David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman and Seth MacFarlane. “To so many people in comedy, me included, there was nobody funnier than Norm MacDonald,” tweeted MacFarlane, who worked with Macdonald on Family Guy. “You always hoped he would hang around after the work was done, just so you could hear his stories and get a laugh. So hilarious and so generous with his personality. I’m gonna miss him.”
MacFarlane also worked with Macdonald on The Orville, his live-action show that parodies all things Star Trek. In fact, Deadline reports that Macdonald already recorded his lines for the upcoming third season of The Orville, where he plays a gelatinous, shapeshifting lieutenant/engineer named Yaphit.
Macdonald will definitely be missed, but at least fans can enjoy his laconic sense of humor onscreen one last time.
The Orville season 3 is coming exclusively to Hulu, although we don’t have a release date as of yet.
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h/t SyFy Wire