One of the greatest comedians to ever take the stage, Norm Macdonald, gifted us with one final stand-up special before his passing. The special, which was filmed from his home during his health battle, has been kept secret until now. Here's what to know.
Known for his sarcastic wit, deadpan humor, and poetic style of comedy, Norm Macdonald passed away due to a long battle with cancer last year, leaving his friends, family, and longtime fans deeply saddened. Macdonald was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 but kept his diagnosis private and was working with Netflix when he was hospitalized in 2020. "His test results were not good, so during the heart of COVID-19 pandemic and literally 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," Lori Jo Hoekstra, Macdonald's producing partner, told The Hollywood Reporter. "It was his intention to have a special to share if something happened." So, he did something no other comedian has done.
Macdonald solution? He filmed a one-hour stand-up special in his own living room in just one take. "He looks great, and the material's fantastic," Hoekstra gushed. Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special is the comedian's last stand-up gift to the world. Although it wasn't performed the way he originally intended it due to the COVID restrictions, he "wanted it to be seen," according to Hoekstra. "He didn't do this for the shock that it exists. He shot it because he loved his material and was so proud of his material," he continued. "He did it for the stand-up."
Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special will not only include hilarious material from the comedian but will include a few additional surprises for at-home viewers. The unusual yet inspiring and heartfelt special will consist of clips from Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle, Molly Shannon, and more talking about Macdonald during their sets at the recent Netflix Is a Joke Festival. So make sure to stream Macdonald's final special on Netflix coming May 30.