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Why Norm Macdonald Didn’t Discuss His Terminal Cancer

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We learned this week that Norm Macdonald, who died Tuesday at 61, had been suffering from cancer for nine years but never went public with the information. In an October 12, 2016, podcast appearance on ID10T with Chris Hardwick, the Canadian comic discussed why he didn’t like either confessional comedy — “You know, how they got molested when they were a kid” — or leveraging one’s misfortunes for personal gain.

I saw a one-woman show once . . . and she goes like, ‘Well, my mother had breast cancer and now I have breast cancer.’ And I’m like, well, that’s everybody. They think it’s so special, when everyone gets cancer and dies. It’s almost........

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