Based on A True Story

Based on A True Story

A Memoir

eBook - 2016
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWild, dangerous, and flat-out unbelievable, here is the incredible memoir of the actor, gambler, raconteur, SNL veteran, and one of the best stand-up comedians of all time. As this book's title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life—more or less—from his origins on a farm in the-back-of-beyond Canada and an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search to his account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live—until he was fired because a corporate executive didn't think he was funny. But Based on a True Story is much more than a memoir; it's the hilarious, inspired epic of Norm's life. In dispatches from a road trip to Las Vegas (part of a plan hatched to regain the fortune he'd lost to sports betting and other vices) with his sidekick and enabler, Adam Eget, Norm recounts the milestone moments, the regrets, the love affairs, the times fortune smiled on his life, and the times it refused to smile. As the clock ticks down, Norm's debt reaches record heights, and he must find a way to evade the hefty price that's been placed on his head by one of the most dangerous loan sharks in the country. As a comedy legend should, Norm peppers these pages with classic jokes and fondly mythologized Hollywood stories. This wildly adventurous, totally original, and absurdly funny saga turns the conventional "comic's memoir" on its head and gives the reader an exclusive pass into the mad, glorious mind of Norm Macdonald.Praise for Based on a True Story "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 only has to grunt to make me laugh. And this book is three hundred pages? Sign me up."—Sophia Amoruso, author of #GIRLBOSS "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 "David Letterman said it best: There is no one funnier than Norm Macdonald."—Rob SchneiderFrom the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780812993639
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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May 30, 2017

It is like a book for people in on the inside joke. Norm's great, I can't give an unbiased review of this book. I laughed. I'd recommend listening to the audio version of it.

Mar 02, 2017

While I'm huge fan or Norm, an imagined memoir is not something I want to read. I don't want to waste my time reading about the time Norm didn't actually do drugs with Lorne Michaels to get the job at Saturday night live or the time he wasn't actually molested as a child. Why not tell us about the time you got into a knife fight with Johnny Carson or that time that you found a bomb wired to the ignition of Jay Leno's car? Why am I reading this again?

Feb 07, 2017

An easy and entertaining read but as others have pointed out, it can be difficult to know what is real and what is not.

He seems to keep personal information at a minimum but still has an interesting story to tell but don't look for a "diary" type of book. It's more disjointed and even a little jarring at times.

Feb 06, 2017

Absolutely loved this book. Bring no agenda when reading it, and you will be taken on a wild, wonderful ride.

Jan 02, 2017

I was hoping for an actual autobiography but this book turned out even weirder than that comedy central roast where he told the 1940s style old fashioned jokes! It does have some shoutouts to his former YukYuk's bosses and stuff, but they're buried in tonnes of bizarro fiction stories about farming, SNL, morphine abuse, a fake ghostwriter, gambling (who knows how much of that is true), etc. The mention about Artie Lange is very brief. Even Norm's son is shown with a fake name.

Jan 02, 2017

It really helps if you've seen Norm doing standup as I've done a couple of times. The stream of consciousness and absurdity is even better than shrooms. Combined, it could be mind blowing. Before you get the book see some of his stuff on YouTube (especially the Moth joke). If you don't like what you see too bad for you. As my Pappy used to say : ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
Actually he never taught me anything useful. I survive on my own and it's a daily struggle fighting off all those wolverines, badgers and Wild Turkeys 101. Enter the book at your own risk.

Dec 17, 2016

This was probably the strangest and sometimes absurd biography I've ever read. It was hard to decipher between what really happened and what Norm made up. Yet still, it had its funny moments. I'm certain the audio version would get more laughs than print.

oscar89 Dec 11, 2016

This is a very funny and clever memoir. That's because it's mostly fiction mixed with real life anecdotes. It's hard to write a compelling memoir, and a funny one is even harder. Most comic memoirs are not classics-only a small number of comedians have succeeded with that. This book stands out and captures the great Norm MacDonald.


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