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 338 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.”


  • I miss Norm

    By waiting to use
    Not the greatest book, I wish Norm had shared more truth but it’s Norm so I forgive him. RIP.
  • Great

    By montgomeryp
    Norm! The best
  • Norm Macfonald was a funny guy.

    By Ms Speechie
    He shoulda stuck with standup.
  • 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!