When SNL’s Most Accurate Facsimile of David Letterman was Played by Norm MacDonald

My dad passed away in March, and his favorite talk show host was David Letterman. Now that Letterman’s time on late night tv is drawing to a close (he has just 3 more episodes next week), it seems only right to memorialize his work in some way.

An old repeat of Saturday Night Live aired tonight before the show’s season finale. In that show was a sketch with an impression I somehow missed seeing before: comic genius Norm MacDonald as the 90s era Letterman. This was the Letterman who still had a reddish-brown mop of hair, who stayed out of politics and showed a certain level of energy which has been missing from the show for several years now.

So, in honor of the goofy, and sometimes controversial Letterman (remember when a CBS producer tried to blackmail him over an affair with an intern?), here’s that sketch:

Decider blog’s take on MacDonald’s stint as the SNL resident impersonator of Letterman is worth a read. (Two other cast members also played the host.) Also, a hat tip to them for the clip.

EDIT: Norm MacDonald did 8 minutes of stand up on his final appearance on Letterman’s show Friday. But around 2 minutes before the end, there’s an uncharacteristically torn-up Norm talking about how Dave affected his life as a comedian.


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