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Who Is Norm Macdonald's Son? Get to Know Dylan Macdonald

Titi Dokubo
May 31, 2022
04:20 P.M.
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Actor and comedian Norm Macdonald, a former host of Saturday Night Live, died at 61 after leading an extremely private life. However, he had a son named Dylan Macdonald, who once followed his father's comedic footsteps.


Norm Macdonald was a comic who anchored SNL's "Weekend Update" segments. After leaving SNL, he had a comedy series, "The Norm Show," and a talk show, "Norm Macdonald Has a Show," which aired on Netflix.

Before he died, the comedian shot one of his performances in his living room in one take. He wanted his fans to have one last laugh if he could not beat cancer.

Norm McDonald on the set of "The Middle" on December 15, 2017 | Source: Getty Images


For the one-hour special recorded in the summer of 2020, it was clear that Norm knew that he might not be around for long as he had battled cancer for nearly a decade. The special tagged "Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special" is now available on Netflix.

"Nothing Special" revealed that Norm, who was scheduled to undergo a procedure, "didn't want to leave anything on the table in case things went south."

Norm McDonald on "The View" on September 13, 2018 | Source: Getty Images



In 1988, Norm married his family therapist Connie, and they welcomed their only son, Dylan, in 1992. They divorced eleven years later, and Connie reportedly moved to Los Angeles with Dylan.

Norm always remained tight-lipped about his family, but in a 2016 profile piece, he called his ex-wife a "great" and "fine person." Norm also never gave too much insight into his relationship with his son.

Norm McDonald performs at the Saban Community Clinic's 50th Anniversary Dinner Gala on November 13, 2017 | Source: Getty Images


However, when Dylan was just three years old, Norm briefly mentioned him in an interview with Conan O'Brien when he said Dylan was a beautiful kid and "he's the greatest."

Like father, like son, Dylan inherited his father's funny bone and his father's love for privacy. His private life is tightly under wraps; he has a low social media presence but has starred in several online comedy sketches.

He also once founded a YouTube channel with his friends, and according to Norm, Dylan is a fan of the actor, writer, and comedian B.J. Novak.



The man with a quirky sense of humor died on September 14, 2021, after he privately battled cancer for nine years. Norm's longtime producing partner and friend, Lori Jo Hoekstra, said:

"He was most proud of his comedy. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him."

She further said they would miss him. After his death, members of the entertainment community paid their tributes, and some said he might be gone, but he was impossible to forget.

Norm McDonald performs at the KAABOO Del Mar on September 16, 2017 | Source: Getty Images


Stars like John Oliver and Lorne Michaels paid tributes to him after winning their Emmy awards a few days after. Oliver said no one was funnier than Norm for two decades on late-night comedy.

More stars like David Letterman, Steve Martin, Conan O'Brien, and more paid tributes to him. Letterman said he was always delighted by Norm's bizarre mind and earnest gaze.

O'Brien said Norm had "the most unique comedic voice" he had ever encountered, and now he would never laugh that hard again.