Based on a True Story

Based on a True Story Wild dangerous and flat out unbelievable here is the incredible memoir of the Canadian actor gambler and raconteur and one of the greatest stand up comedians of all timeNorm Macdonald tells the

  • Title: Based on a True Story
  • Author: Norm Macdonald
  • ISBN: 9781524703196
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Audio
  • Wild, dangerous, and flat out unbelievable, here is the incredible memoir of the Canadian actor, gambler, and raconteur, and one of the greatest stand up comedians of all timeNorm Macdonald tells the story of his life or less from his rural origins on a farm in the backwoods of Ontario to an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search, from an unbelievable auditionWild, dangerous, and flat out unbelievable, here is the incredible memoir of the Canadian actor, gambler, and raconteur, and one of the greatest stand up comedians of all timeNorm Macdonald tells the story of his life or less from his rural origins on a farm in the backwoods of Ontario to an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search, from an unbelievable audition for Lorne Michaels to his memorable run as the anchor of Saturday Night Live s Weekend Update until a couple of O.J jokes got him fired But Based on a True Story is much than just a memoir it s the hilarious, inspired epic of Norm s life.Told as dispatches from a road trip to Las Vegas with his sidekick and enabler, Adam Eget a plan hatched to regain the fortune he d lost to sports betting and other vices Norm recounts the milestone moments of his life the regrets, the love affairs, the times that Fortune smiled on him, and the times it did not 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 pages with classic jokes and long mythologized Hollywood stories This tense, wildly adventurous, totally original, and absurdly funny memoir turns the conventional comic s memoir on its head and gives the reader an exclusive glimpse inside the mad, glorious mind of Norm Macdonald.

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    1. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/Man was I looking forward to reading this book. In case I haven’t made it really flippin’ crystal clear already, I’m a HUUUUGE fan of all things SNL. While others complain about bad seasons and bad casts, I am a constant defender and only acknowledge bad skits or bad reoccurring characters rather than opting to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I also believe Norm Macdonald is one of comedy’s most untapped resources. His dry delivery and “g [...]

    2. I went into this book having a great deal of respect for Norm MacDonald. I've always found him to be a hilarious comedian - a seemingly good guy. In interviews he can be a bit dirty, but it's a facetious kind of dirty that casts personal judgment on the subjects that he's tackling.Then I read this book. The Norm MacDonald I thought I knew from TV appearances and podcasts was quickly stripped away and replaced by a morphine addicted narcissist. This memoir recounts incident after incident of Norm [...]

    3. "BEST COMEDIC AUTOBIO EVER!" would've been too generous a tagline (that one may belong to British funwit Russell Brand. Or Kathy Griffin's). But it is not wholly untrue: it is the only of its kind that actually dabbles with the (capital L) Literary. Yes, it is THE Norm Macdonald autobio (and not the Tina Fey, Amy Pohler, Rachel Dratch, Sarah Silverman, [even!!!] Steve Martin ones!) which transcends form. It takes Quixotean turns (i.e. postmodernism)! A "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"-type ambia [...]

    4. A moth goes into a podiatrist’s office. The podiatrist says, “What’s the problem?” The moth says, “Where do I begin with my problems? Every day I go to work for Gregory Vassilievich, and all day long I toil. But what is my work? I am a bureaucrat, and so every day I joylessly move papers from one place to another and then back again. I no longer know what it is that I actually do, and I don’t even know if Gregory Vassilievich knows. He only knows that he has power over me, and this s [...]

    5. This is not your normal, straightforward memoir, far from it, actually. The best that I can describe it is off-the-wall or zany. Zany is not usually my cup of tea--I'd rather have a straight memoir dishing on all of the author's inside information on show business and especially Saturday Night Live. Having said that, there were parts of this book that were really funny. That was its saving grace, the humor was on point. I still would've rather had more of Macdonald's real experiences, but this w [...]

    6. Norm MacDonald’s book Based on a True Story is a nonfiction memoir. And I am Batman, aka The Dark Knight, protector of Gotham City. Yup, neither statement is true! Maybe he thinks his life isn’t that interesting or that it’s funnier to do it this way, but Norm has framed his memoir/debut novel with a story that resembles a cross between Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Ocean’s 11! He writes himself as a scheming conman and morphine and gambling addict, determined to borrow a million bu [...]

    7. Based On A True Story is the autobiography of famed stand-up comedian Norm MacDonald - or so he would have you believe. Rather than tell you his real life story, Norm decided to write of his one-time plan to borrow millions of dollars from various casinos in Las Vegas, turn that money into millions for himself, then retire to a ranch in Montana. As the story moves along, Norm, strung out on morphine, tells a completely skewed, often fictionalized version of his life to his pal and real-life podc [...]

    8. If you're a fan of Norm Macdonald's humor, read this book.If you're going to read this book, listen to the audiobook.It's hard to get too much into what makes this book so special without "spoiling" it, but ultimately it proves how much of an accurate a picture you can create of a person when you're not restricted to facts alone. The more it messes with the memoir format, the more true to Norm's mind it gets, and the more meaning you'll find if you're paying attention.The audiobook adds a whole [...]

    9. I have long been a fan of Norm Macdonald, and with good reason - he is brilliant. I have long been anticipating his book, and with good reason - he is an immaculate storyteller.I was hoping to savor this treasure, to dwell on the tidbits of gold (for indeed he did give gold, not straw and a Rumpelstiltskean task like he claims) but I quickly became consumed and did not come up for breath until I read the very last word. I had heard rumors that it was to be more fiction than fact, and while I wou [...]

    10. I'm one of those people who laughs at Norm even when he says something that arguably isn't even funny so I'm a little biased. This entire memoir is bullshit but it's very entertaining bullshit.

    11. Well, that was disappointing. Norm Macdonald is hilarious, and at times this book is as well - but it keeps getting in its own way with a schtick that is more annoying that entertaining. The premise is intriguing: Norm will tell stories about his life, but make stuff up along the way (hench the title of the book). OK - and the book gets off to a nice start with (supposed) childhood tales. But two things in the book undermine it - and both get stronger and more pronounced as the story goes on. Fi [...]

    12. There is the way things are and then the way things appear, and it is the way things appear, even when false, that is often the truest.I'm Norm Macdonald and this is the fake memoiror so the Germans would have you believe.Okay, Norm Macdonald doesn't actually admit that this is a fake memoir, but Based on a True Story is both more and less than the typical celebrity tell-all: anyone looking for a behind-the-scenes look at SNL will be mostly disappointed; anyone looking for the sad facts of a sta [...]

    13. ** spoiler alert ** This is not a memoir. I don't think. It appears to start off as one, but then about halfway through, Norm seemingly tires of the genre and turns his life's story into something of a ludicrous picaresque novel. One of the delights of this read is the way in which he makes this transition; it took me a few pages to realize what was happening, and at one point I actually turned to Google to see if Norm had in fact committed any criminal acts against Dave Attell. Those looking fo [...]

    14. It would be impossible to describe this accurately. The dust jacket doesn't take into account the manic scope of the thing -- let alone properly emphasize the gleeful, madcap fiction that holds whatever thin strands of truth that run through the narrative together. This is an insane head trip that is at times frighteningly honest and dark (while being almost definitely fiction), but also completely ludicrous (while hinting at some of life's larger truths). This really is pure, unadulterated Norm [...]

    15. Norm is a hero of mine, so I've been waiting for this to come out for damn near two years, and I wasn't even disappointed. It's Tolstoy and Nabokov and Hunter S. Thompson, but really it's all Norm. It's not a celebrity memoir, and Norm is not a celebrity author: it's a memoir, and Norm is an author. The man can write. Mean. You will laugh until you cry, but you might also just cry. (Maybe. Probably not. But still, he is poetic.) You will leave wanting more. At which point you get in touch with m [...]

    16. I'm four chapters in and I'm committing to five stars because Norm has no intention of telling the truth and, as he says early on, nothing after the fact is exactly true - which is true. He pulls genuine memories from his life and tells you what you need to know along with a surreal spin that, oddly, feels like life itself. It's a weird thing, this living thing, and Norm captures that sense in a way that's both warm an cruel.

    17. somewhere in the middle of a Venn diagram of "Daddy's Boy", "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Pale Fire". was laughing out loud quite a lot.

    18. I picked this one up because I saw Norm MacDonald's Netflix standup special. The special got some mixed reviews, including from MacDonald. I've been going through a tough time because my mother is progressively getting worse from terminal kidney cancer and MacDonald's dark humor about life really struck a chord with me. So this week, my mother switched to hospice care, and I turned to MacDonald's book to get away from all the heavy stuff I've been reading but also to get some dark laughs in. Got [...]

    19. I am a big fan of Norm MacDonald. I went into reading this book thinking I'd get an understanding of his enigmatic life. In some cases, you got a true to life story (SNL, movies) but the longest running narrative was an obviously fictional, albeit funny, story. I found myself seeking out the things that were true and began ignoring the fictional story elements. It took away from it quite a bit. He's a comedy genius, but this book is a bit of a misfire.

    20. If you thought Norm Macdonald was going to write a straightforward autobiography, you haven't been paying much attention to him the past 30 years.Based on a True Story resembles reality much less than its title might suggest. Yes, Dave Attell is a real person, but I feel like the story of Norm getting caught hiring a hit man to kill Attell and then raping a man in prison does more than just take creative liberties with the truth.In fact, throughout the entire book, it was hard to pick out anythi [...]

    21. The title should be some sort of indication that this book is based on (what Norm likes to call "fact", which he means that "fact" is just empirical data, as where truth is something that is the ultimate and more truthful) on non-fact stories, but TRUTHFUL stories.Not to spoil anything the book was a ride, a has-been ghost writer that hates Norm, liquid morphine, Norm apparently getting raped multiple times when he was in jail (?), the book is more of a meta-memoir than a memoir based on FACT, n [...]

    22. This was entertainingh? It was weird and had a distinctly hardboiled feel to it throughout the parts read by MacDonald himself. I guess MacDonald's characteristic humor isn't so amenable to long-form writing, but I feel like he achieved a different appeal that would be mostly welcome to those, like myself, who have always enjoyed him and thought him underrated. At the very least: certainly a welcome respite from the cheerless shit I've been frequenting of late!

    23. A special thank you to NetGalley and Random House for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Being Canadian, and growing up watching SNL, I thought requesting this book was a no brainer, but it was simply a rambling monologue that ends up being one long joke. There were nuggets of real stories that were camouflaged with fiction. After reading this, I realized that the joke was on me.

    24. DisappointingI like Norm's work and respect that he took a risk in the format and tone of his autobiography. No, it wasn't derivative or sentimental or overly kitschy -- but it also wasn't very informative, clear or entertainingor most importantly funny.

    25. Based on a True Story by Norm MacDonaldI first saw Norm MacDonald when I was drinking with friends and we turned on SNL because we needed to sober up. The Bike Messenger sketch came on with Mike Myers, who only did sketches that rhymed with “Mike Myers.” As I pondered Myers’ rhyming acumen, I was jarred awake by a heckling Canadian Bugs Bunny voice in a Paula Poundstone jacket. As Norm MacDonald’s character heckled the sketch paradigm, I thought, now here’s an SNL character I can final [...]

    26. based on a True Story is a hilarious comic novel. Macdonald use elements of his own life to create an absurd and sometimes laugh out loud memoir parody.

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