Comedy legend coming to Kelowna

Legendary comedian Norm Macdonald is about to have the Okanagan in stitches.

Legendary comedian Norm Macdonald is about to have the Okanagan in stitches.

Best known for his five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, Macdonald performs at the Kelowna Community Theatre Sept. 11.

Born in Quebec City and raised in Ottawa, Macdonald began his stand-up career in comedy clubs throughout Canada.

Early in his career he moved to L.A., where he currently resides, to write for the popular ABC sitcom Roseanne and star in The Norm Show from 1999 to 2001.

He would eventually find his way to SNL, where for three years he served  as  anchor on Weekend Update.

Aside from his notable characterizations of Bob Dole and Burt Reynolds, Macdonald proved that his acerbic wit and writing were not contained to the small screen.

In 1998, he co-wrote and starred in the comedic film Dirty Work. Directed by Bob Saget and released by MGM, the film became an instant comedy cult classic.

Macdonald also played the voice of “Lucky,” the dog in all three of the Eddie Murphy remakes of Dr. Doolittle and was seen in the hit comedy Billy Madison with Adam Sandler in 1995.

In 1996, Macdonald played a network reporter in Milos Foreman’s Academy Award-nominated film The People vs. Larry Flint and also appeared in Foreman’s 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon, which grossed $45.6 million worldwide.

In 2000, Macdonald rejoined Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, (The People vs. Larry Flint and Man On The Moon) and starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the film Screwed. He also joined former Billy Madison costar Sandler in the hit comedy Grown Ups.

Back on the small screen, his Comedy Central series Sports Talk premiered in April 2011. The show focused on current events in sports and was taped in front of a live studio audience.

In addition, Macdonald was featured in the one-hour Comedy Central standup special, Norm Macdonald: Just Me Doing Stand-Up, which debuted in March 2011.

This spring, Macdonald, who also hosts High Stakes Poker, returned to New York to appear in the SNL 40th anniversary special, where he reprised his role as Burt Reynolds in the Celebrity Jeopardy skit.

MacDonald’s performance in Kelowna Sept. 11 starts at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome. Advance tickets are $39.50 (plus service charges) now on sale at unionevents.com and ticketfly.com.

 

 

Vernon Morning Star

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