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Former SNL “Weekend Update” Anchor Norm Macdonald to Bring the Laughs to The Orleans Showroom July 8-9

June 7, 2011 by  



Former SNL “Weekend Update” Anchor Norm Macdonald to Bring the Laughs to The Orleans Showroom July 8-9Actor, comedian, host and former Saturday Night Live cast member Norm Macdonald will bring his stand up act to The Orleans Showroom, July 8 and 9, each evening at 8 p.m.  

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’d keep at it was received recognition and kudos in 1987 at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.

Eventually he brought his act to the U.S. and got jobs on the writing teams for Roseanne and The Dennis Miller Show before joining 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 replaced Kevin Nealon as anchor of the segment. During his SNL years, his impressions of Burt Reynolds and Bob Dole were notable.

Elsewhere on television, Macdonald appeared in the ABC sitcom Norm and the short-lived 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 currently hosts Sports Show with Norm Macdonald.

On film, Macdonald has appeared in Dirty Work and Screwed, and 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 $24.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 702.365.7075 or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans includes more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, The Orleans includes a bingo parlor, keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at www.orleanscasino.com.

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