Netflix announced on Thursday that it will air a posthumous Norm Macdonald comedy special. The programme, titled “Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special,” was self-produced and will air on May 30.
During the COVID lockdown, the former “Saturday Night Live” star taped an hour of unusable content at home and left it behind. He hoped to reshoot it in front of an audience before his death in 2021, but he never got the chance.
“Norm worked extremely hard on a fresh hour of material and was eager to see it. COVID constraints prevented him from recording in front of an audience, therefore this version of ‘Nothing Special’ was not intended to be the final product. We want to make sure that his admirers get to experience this hilarious hour. In a statement, Lori Jo Hoekstra, Norm’s long-time producing partner and executive producer of the special, said, “He left this gift for all of us.”
A extra film featuring Adam Sandler, Conan O’Brien, Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, David Spade, and Molly Shannon remembers the comic follows the special. It was recorded earlier this month at “Netflix is a Joke: The Festival,” during a tribute to Norm.
Joyce Napier, his sister-in-law, wrote about the self-taped special in a CTV report on the May 3 “Celebrating Norm” event: “Oh, wait: there was an Easter egg.” It turns out that during the lockdown, Norm recorded an hour of new content in his apartment. Soon, there will be a Netflix comedy special. So there you have it. That’s exactly what Norm wanted.”
Macdonald died of leukaemia at the age of 61 on September 14, 2021. The comic’s death came as a shock because he had never publicly discussed his nine-year fight with the disease.
“Me Doing Stand-Up” premiered on Comedy Central in 2011, while “Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery” launched on Netflix in 2017.