Based on a True Story - A Memoir
- United States
More informationNEW 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.
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