Based on a True Story

Based on a True Story

by Norm Macdonald

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Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812983869
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 90,127
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Norm Macdonald is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor who lives in Los Angeles. He is the proud father of Devery.

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Based on a True Story: A Memoir 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! A must read for Norm fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every word of this book. I have always been a fan of Norm McDonald's and his trademark humor comes across in every aspect of the book. Can't wait for him to write another one.
RaymondStantz More than 1 year ago
Funniest book since Chris Elliott's, "The Shroud of the Thwacker." This is not Norm's memoir. However, it is told in Norm's voice and I've physically restrained myself from laughter every few pages so as not to wake wifey sleeping next to me. Great stuff.
MartinRonald More than 1 year ago
Lots of fun and full of goodies- just don't read too fast I can understand the other reviewer saying "good but weird". It's not really a memoir- there's plenty of fiction, and the style is not what you're used to - in any book that I've read at least. But it is good. Real Good. The author recounts his life story in a unique style, and since he's a talented comedian, he does so in the most funny way ever. The book is just hilarious. But it's more than that. There are insights through out, thoughts, and truth. A lot of truth. It's a mix of everything- just like life. It's a roller coaster, and somehow it works. Amazingly well. Come with an open mind, and let it work it's magic - doubt you'll be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really funny
B-loNY More than 1 year ago
Good but weird