Based on a True Story
By Norm Macdonald
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Driving, wild and hilarious” (The Washington Post), here is the incredible “memoir” of the actor, gambler, raconteur, and Saturday Night Live veteran.
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When Norm Macdonald, one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time, was approached to write a celebrity memoir, he flatly refused, calling the genre “one step below instruction manuals.” Norm then promptly took a two-year hiatus from stand-up comedy to live on a farm in northern Canada. When he emerged he had under his arm a manuscript, a genre-smashing book about comedy, tragedy, love, loss, war, and redemption. When asked if this was the celebrity memoir, Norm replied, “Call it anything you damn like.”
Praise for Based on a True Story
“Dostoyevsky by way of 30 Rockefeller Center . . . the best new book I’ve read this year or last.”—The Wall Street Journal
“This book is absurd fiction. . . . Scathing and funny.”—The New York Times
“Hilarious and filled with turns of phrase and hidden beauty like only a collection of Norm Macdonald stories could be.”—Esquire
“Raucous . . . a hilarious, innovative work.”—A.V. Club
“Part personal history and part meta riff on celebrity memoirs, the book, it quickly becomes clear, is also just partly true (and all hilarious).”—Vulture
“Very, very, very funny! Thanks, Norm, for letting me be part of this Booker Prize–for–literature–quality effort.”—David Letterman
“Norm is brilliant and thoughtful and there is sensitivity and creative insight in his observations and stories. A lot of comics over the years have been compared to Mark Twain, but I think Norm is the only one who actually matches the guy in terms of his voice and ability. I seriously f**king love Norm Macdonald. Please buy his book. He probably needs the cash. He’s really bad with money.”—Louis C.K., from the foreword
“Norm is one of my all-time favorites, and this book was such a great read I forgot how lonely I was for a while.”—Amy Schumer
“I always thought Normie’s stand-up was the funniest thing there was. But this book gives it a run for its money.”—Adam Sandler
“Norm is one of the greatest stand-up comics who’s ever worked—a totally original voice. His sense of the ridiculous and his use of juxtaposition in his writing make him a comic’s comic. We all love Norm.”—Roseanne Barr
“Norm Macdonald makes me laugh my ass off. Who is funnier than Norm Macdonald? Nobody.”—Judd Apatow
“Norm Macdonald is more than a triple threat—he’s a septuple threat. He is smart, funny, wry, rakish, polite, rakish . . . no, wait. He is polite, insightful, and . . . aaaaah . . . warm. No. He’s exciting. Yeah. Exciting! You never know what he’ll do. Okay, then make that unpredictable. Add that up. He’s amazing.”—Alec Baldwin
“Norm is a double threat. His material and timing are both top-notch, which is unheard of. He is one of my favorites, both on- and off-stage.”—Dave Attell
“Letterman said it best: There is no one funnier than Norm Macdonald.”—Rob Schneider
Brilliant5By Arthur "Two Sheds" JacksonThat essentially sums it up. Comedy masterpiece combined with unique style only possible by Norm. Although it has been said before, Norm is a true satirist and the modern day Mark Twain
Huge Disappointment1By NKEN87This book completely sucked. And before I explain why, let me start by saying I think Norm Macdonald is hilarious. I was really excited to read about his career. Unfortunately, this book is a complete fantasy and fabrication. I'm not sure if a single sentence was accurate. I don't understand why he'd write this. He literally didn't reveal anything about himself other than his complete self loathing. He's a comic genius. I really wanted to hear how he did it. This book was a complete fail. I want my money back, Macdonald!!!
Entertaining4By SatchscratchGood read very funny stuff
Worth a thousand stars!!5By chickenbroth1What a great man! My childhood hero, this book made me cry and laugh at the same time. Thank you Norm! I’m really proud of you!
Norm to a Tee4By NYNYDANNYThe writing is brilliant and illustrates his wit and intellect. He's definitely a wordsmith and even then, has the ability to mash a word where it doesn't belong and make it work. The story certainly has a slight fear and loathing tinge to it, and ties several working plot lines into one. Entertaining and has that "dry" humor he's known for although I'll say labeling is not something for the arts. I would say the story does leave room for desiring more context and/or a climax where there's more resolution to a bunch of moving parts but then again that's what makes Norm, Norm.
Interesting3By Socrock55Good read. You have to be familiar with Norm to get the joke.
Phenomenal Read5By TheCelibateDanishThis book is a masterpiece. It is at once uproariously funny and deeply moving. Norm writes a rollercoaster of a book, with highs and lows, twists and turns, and we are along for the ride. Thoroughly enjoyable. Norm mixes luxuriant prose with homespun yarns. You will only be disappointed if you expected a traditional memoir. Norm's life events are dots that he connects with the most hilarious and outrageous tales. Wonderful book.
Norm.5By www.mistercmusicIf you love Norm, you will love this book. And, I love Norm.
Memoir?3By For?Seems like fiction and truth. Questioned where this was going but the end came thru. Who is Norm MacDonald? Will need to read another book to find out!
Norms dry wit!4By Thunter2833I think if you don't get his humor, you don't understand humor. Thanks for making me look like a fool on my flight, reading your book and laughing all the way home.