People.com Entertainment TV Norm Macdonald's Beloved Moth Joke from 2009 Resurfaces After His Death: Watch The comedian died Tuesday after privately battling cancer By Dory Jackson Dory Jackson Instagram Twitter Website Dory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation." People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 15, 2021 04:48 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Norm Macdonald told countless jokes throughout his years as a comedian, but one of his most memorable was about a moth. During a 2009 appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Macdonald — who died Tuesday at age 61 — said that his "strongest material comes from real life" before he proceeded to tell the nearly four-minute-long joke, which he originally heard from a driver. "A moth goes into a podiatrist's office and the podiatrist's office says, 'What's the problem?'" Macdonald began the joke, which Conan O'Brien's Team Coco YouTube channel resurfaced on Wednesday. "And the moth says, 'What's the problem? Where do I begin man? I go to work for Gregory Illinivich and all day long I work. Honestly doc, I don't even know what I'm doing anymore. I don't even know if Gregory Illinivich knows. He only knows that he has power over me, and that seems to bring him happiness. But I don't know, I wake up in a malaise and I walk here and there,'" he continued. Norm Macdonald Summed Up His Life in 2016 Memoir Before Death: It's 'Impossible for Me to Be Bitter' The moth proceeded to illustrate his familial problems, noting that he would wake up in the middle of the night and "turn to some old lady" that he "once loved" laying in bed beside him. The bug then recalled how his youngest child "fell in the cold" the previous year and how he "no longer" loved his other kid. As Macdonald explained how the moth wished he were strong enough to "end this hellish façade," host O'Brien interrupted to question the length of the joke. But Macdonald continued to share the moth's troubles. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty "He says, 'Doc, sometimes I feel like a spider, even though I'm a moth, just barely hanging on to my web with an everlasting fire underneath me. I'm not feeling good,'" Macdonald said. "And so the doctor says, 'Moth, man, you're troubled. But you should be seeing a psychiatrist. Why on earth did you come here?' And the moth says, 'Cause the light was on.'" Norm Macdonald's Best Moments from His Time on Saturday Night Live — Watch After Macdonald delivered the punchline, O'Brien and the studio audience erupted in laughter before the late night host, 58, offered his "congratulations to anyone who stuck it through to the end." PEOPLE confirmed that Macdonald died Tuesday after quietly battling cancer for nine years. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Macdonald was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1993 to 1998. He also anchored the show's Weekend Update segment during part of his five-season run. Following his passing, stars including Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, Seth Rogen and Meghan McCain paid tribute to Macdonald on social media. O'Brien tweeted about the loss as well. "I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald," he wrote. "Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I'm so sad for all of us today."