Norm Macdonald thought about mortality in the Netflix special filmed before his death at age 61

Norm Macdonald talked about mortality in his latest comedy special, Norm Macdonald: Nothing special that hit Netflix on Monday.

In the posthumous edition, the comedian – who died on September 14, 2021 at the age of 61 after battling leukemia for almost 10 years – did not talk about his personal health, but talked about topics such as talking to God, composing his will, and asking his family. ‘pull the plug’ out of him if he was in a coma.

Alum Saturday Night Live recorded the special alone at a table in his house in a single shot before undergoing surgery in the middle of his illness, according to the streaming service.

Details: The late Norm Macdonald talked about his own mortality in his latest comedy special, Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special, released on Netflix on Monday.

In the special, Macdonald wore a plaid jacket with a hat and headphones that he liked because they covered his hair, which turned white.

I don’t want anyone to paint my hair black because I don’t want to die and then be surprised when God says, “Well, I made you white hair – what do you think it was? Did I tell you?” to get your affairs in order, ”said a comic book from Quebec City.

Speaking of the importance of living will, Macdonald said: “You must be prepared for all that life in this world will bring you. That’s what I learned as I got older … you only have so much time; you have to choose. “

The title card in the special read: “Norm worked hard to prepare material for his special Netflix – until COVID closed things. He was due to undergo a procedure in the summer of 2020 and, he said, “he did not want to leave anything on the table in case things turned south.” At home, the night before he walked in, he shot this – in one shot. “

Speaking of the importance of having a living will, Macdonald said,

Speaking of the importance of having a living will, Macdonald said, “You must be prepared for all that life in this world will bring you.”

In the special, Macdonald wore a plaid jacket with a hat and headphones that he liked because they covered his hair, which turned white.

In the special, Macdonald wore a plaid jacket with a hat and headphones that he liked because they covered his hair, which turned white.

The special is divided into approximately 50 minutes of material from Macdonald with another half hour of commentary by Macdonald’s friends and comedic colleagues – including Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, Molly Shannon, Adam Sandler, Conan O’Brien and David Spade.

Chappelle said in a special, “This guy was reconciling his mortality in a strange way, cheerfully. And ironically, he’s no longer with us. We sit in the aftermath of Norma Macdonald and watch how incredibly alive he is. ”

Letterman said of Macdonald, who was filming the special during his illness: And very meaningful for us from this perspective. “

Sandler said Macdonald “never let you know” about his health, although he “got into emotions” when they toured together.

In his posthumous release, the comedian did not talk about his personal health, but talked about topics such as talking to God, composing his will, and asking his family to

In his posthumous release, the comedian did not talk about his personal health, but talked about topics such as talking to God, composing his will, and asking his family to “pull” him if he were in a coma.

The title card in the special explained the circumstances behind the special

The title card in the special explained the circumstances behind the special

Macdonald died at the age of 61 on September 14, 2021, after battling leukemia for nearly 10 years.  In 2017, he was captured performing in San Diego

Macdonald died at the age of 61 on September 14, 2021, after battling leukemia for nearly 10 years. In 2017, he was captured performing in San Diego

“Suddenly he would have tears in his eyes and the like, and he would look like this is amazing, just the tour itself,” Sandler said. “It would be so much fun to see him.” He had enough energy to hang. ”

Shannon remembered how atypically emotional Macdonald had come to see her when they saw each other at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special in 2015.

She said, “As soon as he saw me, he said, ‘I love you, Molly.’ “Oh, there’s something else with Norma.”

The comic was known for hosting the Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, as well as his standup work and feature film Dirty Work.

The comic was known for hosting the Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, as well as his standup work and feature film Dirty Work.

A number of late comic book peers gathered to celebrate his life earlier this month in LA

A number of late comic book peers gathered to celebrate his life earlier this month in LA

In the special, Molly Shannon recalled how atypically emotional Macdonald had come to see her at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special in 2015.

In the special, Molly Shannon recalled how atypically emotional Macdonald had come to see her at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special in 2015.

Conan O'Brien said that after Macdonald's death, he realized that the comedian would not want the attention of people who knew about his medical battle.

Conan O’Brien said that after Macdonald’s death, he realized that the comedian would not want the attention of people who knew about his medical battle.

O’Brien said that after Macdonald’s death, he realized that the comedian would not want the attention of people who knew about his medical battle.

“When he left, everyone in the community was, we all thought we were the only ones who didn’t know, and we were so upset we didn’t get a chance to tell him what it meant to us,” he said. “I realized very quickly that he wouldn’t tolerate it.”

Lori Jo Hoekstra, executive producer of the Deadline special, said after Macdonald’s death that the deceased joker “never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way viewers or anyone close to him.”

Hoekstra said in a statement that the presentation “was not originally intended to be a final product” because “COVID’s restrictions prevented him from filming in front of an audience.”

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