Norm MacDonald secretly recorded one last special before his death last September. The comedian, who died aged 61 after a nine-year private battle with cancer, filmed himself standing in his living room, and the footage will now be shown as part of an hour-long special on Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
MacDonald filmed the special, titled Norm Macdonald: Nothing special‚ in one take. He checked in in the summer of 2020 when he had to be hospitalized for his illness, according to THR. The comic has filmed the special to have on hand if “things go wrong” with his health, said Macdonald’s producing partner Lori Jo Hoekstra. THR.
“His test results weren’t good, so in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and literally the night before having a procedure, he wanted to record that in case – as he said – things went downhill. the south,” Hoekstra mentioned. “It was his intention to have a special to share if something happened. »
When MacDonald’s health took a turn a year after filming the special, he was unable to perform his material in front of an audience, Hoekstra said. THR.
“He ended up getting sicker last August and September, and he remembered that he shot that and asked me to find it so he could watch it,” Hoekstra said. “He ended up watching it before he died. »
David Spade said he saw MacDonald’s last special at a memorial for the late comedian, telling listeners on his fly on the wall podcast with Dana Carvey that footage shows MacDonald performing alone during lockdown.
“He just said, ‘You know, I keep trying to do my set.’ And he was getting weaker, which we didn’t know. And they kept closing the theaters, and they wouldn’t let him go. And then he goes, ‘I’m just gonna throw it once, just say it out loud,’ and then he never got to shoot it,” Spade said.
“I really cried,” he added, describing Nothing in particular as “classic Norm stuff” that “was smoother than my special”.
Norm Macdonald: Nothing special will premiere on Netflix on May 30.