Based On A True Story: A Memoir by Norm MacdonaldBased On A True Story: A Memoir by Norm Macdonald

Based On A True Story: A Memoir

byNorm Macdonald

Paperback | June 20, 2017

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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.

Title:Based On A True Story: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:June 20, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443414301

ISBN - 13:9781443414302

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay.... When I found out I was going to read this for a class, I was really excited. I loved The Moth Joke that Norm tells, so I thought this book would be just as good. However, I was left wanting more. I liked what he was getting at, but there was something about it felt a little unfinished.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Comedian Ever I love Norm and had huge expectations for his book and he didn't disappoint! Couldn't read this in public because I was actually laughing out loud!
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious Hilarious fiction/non-fiction memoir that sucks you in for a ride only Norm MacDonald can take you on.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Legend Norm MacDonald is a Canadian legend, and a comedy legend the world over. This is fantastic read, with all the great humour you expect from Norm. I was brought to it largely because of his appearances on Letterman. The book did not let me down. Would highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-11-01

Editorial Reviews

“A book that both isn’t a celebrity memoir and is, arguably, the best celebrity memoir ever written.”