Before his death last year, Norm Macdonald recorded one final stand-up special, which will now be available on Netflix on May 30.
The comedian, who died on September 14 at the age of 61 following a nine-year battle with illness, recorded a one-hour stand-up special secretly the night before he was scheduled to undergo surgery in 2020.
Lori Jo Hoekstra, Macdonald’s longtime producing partner, told The Hollywood Reporter: “His test results were not good, so during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic and the night before going in for a procedure, he wanted to get this on tape just in case – as he put it – things went south.”
“He intended to have something exceptional to offer if something happened.”
In one take, the program was shot entirely in Macdonald’s living room, as his sickness prevented him from recording in front of a live audience.
Hoekstra offered the title Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special because Macdonald “ended up seeing it before he went away.”
The show will also include footage of Adam Sandler, Conan O’Brien, Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, David Spade, and Molly Shannon discussing the comic at the Netflix Is A Joke festival.
From 1993 to 1998, Macdonald was a member of the Saturday Night Live cast, where he was renowned as the host of the show’s ‘Weekend Update’ section for three seasons.
Following his departure from SNL, the comic appeared in the 1998 comedy Dirty Work and his series The Norm Show from 1999 to 2001. Norm Macdonald Has A Program, his own Netflix chat show, premiered in 2018.
Following his passing, actor Jim Carrey said on Twitter, “He was one of our most precious diamonds.” A comic genius who is both honest and brave. “I adore him.”