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Based on a True Story - Norm Macdonald

Based on a True Story

By Norm Macdonald

  • Release Date: 2016-09-20
  • Genre: Humor
Score: 4.5
From 283 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Driving, wild and hilarious” (The Washington Post), here is the incredible “memoir” of the legendary actor, gambler, raconteur, and Saturday Night Live veteran.

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.”


  • Norm does it again !

    By C effin Dub
    Norm does not disappoint! I often read this book while eating lunch. I spit out my Coca Cola in laughter!
  • Best Ghost-Written Book by an SNL Alum

    By Hmalice
    Whoever wrote this book for Norm Macdonald should be very proud of himself. It certainly isn't a memoir; that became obvious about two-thirds of the way through. But it just seemed crazy enough to be true. Thinking it was comic non-fiction, I was fooled into reading it, as I don't like novels. This one became an exception -- to almost everything. I eagerly await his next book, whatever form it pretends to take, and whoever writes it for him.
  • Fantastic

    By Lw/oU
    It’s a fantastic book.
  • Brilliant

    By Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson
    That 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 Disappointment

    By NKEN87
    This 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!!!
  • Entertaining

    By Satchscratch
    Good read very funny stuff
  • Worth a thousand stars!!

    By chickenbroth1
    What 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 Tee

    The 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.
  • Interesting

    By Socrock55
    Good read. You have to be familiar with Norm to get the joke.
  • Phenomenal Read

    By TheCelibateDanish
    This 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.