Returning for its first new episode since final spring, Saturday Evening Stay paid tribute to late castmember Norm Macdonald in the course of the “Weekend Replace” section within the present’s season premiere final night time.
Pete Davidson wore a t-shirt emblazoned with Macdonald’s face when he stopped by to debate his expertise on the 2021 Met Gala.
And on the finish of the “Replace” section, anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che briefly honored Macdonald earlier than throwing to a spotlight reel of the previous “Replace” anchor’s finest jokes.
“It’s a bittersweet night time for us tonight,” Jost mentioned, with Che calling Macdonald, who died on Sept. 14 on the age of 61 after a nine-year non-public battle with most cancers, “our good friend.”
Jost continued, “Norm was the explanation that I ever needed to do ‘Weekend Replace.’ So tonight we thought we’d flip the previous couple of jokes of ‘Replace’ over to Norm.”
Opening with “that is the faux information,” Macdonald supplied jokes about about former President Invoice Clinton’s views on same-sex marriages (“not too loopy about opposite-sex marriages”), the O.J. Simpson trial and different subjects earlier than concluding with “that’s the best way it’s of us…goodnight and good luck.”
Macdonald was on SNL from 1993-1998, anchoring “Weekend Replace” for 3 seasons, earlier than returning to host in October 1999.
His loss of life sparked an outpouring of assist from SNL stars, amongst others.
An announcement from SNL in response to Macdonald’s loss of life learn: “At this time is a tragic day. All of us right here at SNL mourn the lack of Norm Macdonald, some of the impactful comedic voices of his or some other era. There are such a lot of issues that we’ll miss about Norm — from his unflinching integrity to his generosity to his constant potential to shock. However most of all he was simply plain humorous. Nobody was humorous like Norm.”