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Based on a True Story
by Norm Macdonald
- Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
- Author: Norm Macdonald
- Genres: humor, comedy, biography, memoir, autobiography, comedian, canada
- ISBN: 9780812993622 (0812993624)
- Language: english
- Release date: September 20, 2016
- Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Humor (2016)
- Format: hardcover, 240 pages
About The Book
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.
Don’t miss Norm’s new Netflix special, Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Treachery!
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
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