Based on A True Story

Based on A True Story

A Memoir

Book - 2016 | First Canadian edition.
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Wild, dangerous, and flat-out unbelievable, here is the incredible #1 bestselling memoir of the Canadian actor, gambler, and raconteur, and one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time.

A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

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 backwoods of Ontario 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 just 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 long-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 inside the mad, glorious mind of Norm Macdonald.

Publisher: Toronto : Collins, [2016]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781443414296
Branch Call Number: 792.76028092 Macdo
Characteristics: xiv, 240 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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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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