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Publisher's Summary

Wild, dangerous, and flat-out unbelievable, here is the incredible memoir of the actor, gambler, raconteur, and SNL veteran and one of the best stand-up comedians of all time.
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-back-of-beyond Canada 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 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 minutes with classic jokes and fondly mythologized Hollywood stories. This wildly adventurous, totally original, and absurdly funny saga turns the conventional comic's memoir on its head and gives the listener an exclusive pass into the mad, glorious mind of Norm Macdonald.
©2016 Norm Macdonald (P)2016 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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 only has to grunt to make me laugh. And this book is three hundred pages? Sign me up." (Sophia Amoruso, author of #GIRLBOSS)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cameron on 09-24-16


Norm is a natural story teller who seems to transcend stand-up. Even though he says at the beginning of the book that this is all true, its extremely hard to believe based on its outlandish nature.
My only complaint is that the audio book doesn't include the forward by Louis CK.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Samuel K Osborne on 05-19-17

"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" but with a killer answering machine joke.

Norm's comedic voice is sui generis and comes through in this book. Whether recounting anecdotes featuring Kinison, Dangerfield, Sandler, Silverman, Jim Downey, and Lorne Michaels, listing the top 25 Weekend Update jokes, or flirting with genuine profundity in his melancholic existential musings on the fleeting nature of human existence and the fragility of fame, Norm has crafted an amusing and poignant memoir. And who's memoir is next? You guessed it: Frank Stallone.

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