Former SNL “Weekend Update” Anchor Norm Macdonald Returns to Orleans Showroom Aug. 10-11

Norm Macdonald
Actor, comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Norm Macdonald will bring his stand-up act to The Orleans Showroom August 10 and 11. 

Shy and nervous, at the age of 21 Norm Macdonald hit the stage for the first time at an Ottawa comedy club to perform stand-up. He soon gained attention for his talents, and was recognized in 1987 at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.

Making his way to the States, Macdonald joined the writing teams for “Roseanne” and “The Dennis Miller Show” before earning a spot on the “Saturday Night Live” writing staff in 1993. Soon after, SNL creator Lorne Michaels gave Macdonald an opportunity to read on-air editorials during “Weekend Update” and within a year, he became the anchor of the popular segment. In addition to his Weekend Update performances, Macdonald was particularly well-known for his impressions of Burt Reynolds and Bob Dole.

Elsewhere on television, Macdonald appeared in the ABC sitcom “Norm” and the FOX series “A Minute with Stan Hooper.” He has voiced characters on several shows including “Family Guy” and “The Fairly Odd Parents.” On Comedy Central Macdonald appeared in the 2005 special “Back to Norm” and hosted “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald” in 2011. Recently, he has guest starred on numerous episodes of ABC’s “The Middle.”

On film, Macdonald has appeared in “Dirty Work,” “Screwed” and “Jack and Jill.” He can be heard as “Lucky” in three “Dr. Doolittle” films, “Buster” in “Christmas is Here Again,” and as a penguin in fellow comedian Bob Saget’s film, “Farce of the Penguins.”

In 2006, Macdonald released the sketch comedy album, “Ridiculous,” featuring guest appearances by Will Farrell, Artie Lange and Molly Shannon.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $34.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Coast Casinos Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.