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The possibly true memoir of the actor, raconteur, gambler, former SNL cast member, and one of the best stand-up comedians of all time

As its title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life—more or less—from his origins in a rural small town in the-back-of-beyond Canada to an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search, to his possibly incredible account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.” But Based on a True Story is much more than a memoir, it’s a hilarious, inspired, very meta imagining of his life, as told to a deeply disturbed ghost writer whose teetering sanity and bruised ego threaten to take down the entire narrative—and possibly the comic with it. Peppered with classic jokes and long mythologized Hollywood stories, this wildly adventurous, tense, totally original, and absurdly funny memoir turns the conventional “comic’s memoir” on its head and leaves the listener delightfully off kilter.

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Quotes & Awards

  • My three favorite books:
    1. The Bible, by Moses and other guys
    2. The Art of the Deal, by President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump (a.k.a. President Trumpy)
    3. Based on a True Story, by Norm Macdonald
  • I have not read the first two. I have read Based on a True Story, and I believe it to be largely bullshit, but it is 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 only has to grunt to make me laugh. And this book is three hundred pages? Sign me up. Sophia Amoruso, author of #GIRLBOSS
  • 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
  • David Letterman said it best: There is no one funnier than Norm Macdonald. Rob Schneider
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