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NEW 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.

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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 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 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

“Letterman said it best: There is no one funnier than Norm Macdonald.”—Rob Schneider

Latest News

  • Norm Macdonald, Kevin Nealon to perform in Winnipeg

    01/12/16 ,via

    Macdonald became a judge on Last Comic Standing in 2015. "If you know Norm Macdonald but do not know his standup, you do not know him. He is a standup comedian who must be seen to be believed," the release states. Kevin Nealon performed on SNL 

  • Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald to publish memoir

    12/18/15 ,via

    Comic and former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor Norm Macdonald will publish a memoir next fall. In Based on a True Story, the Quebec City-born comedian will touch on significant moments in his life so far, from growing up in rural Ontario to 


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    2010. ISBN: 1155863895,9781155863894. 98 pages.

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  • Celebrity preview: Fabolous, Warren G, Martin Lawrence, Erykah Badu, Styx, Daniel Tosh

    01/16/16 ,via Las Vegas Sun

    It’s not all music because comedy kings Daniel Tosh at the Mirage and Norm Macdonald at Orleans Showroom go head-to head-in their fun, frolic furor. It’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning play known to many: “Driving Miss Daisy” parks at Troesh Studio ...

  • KFC is using Colonel Sanders to connect with millennials

    01/15/16 ,via Market Watch

    Colonel Sanders returned to KFC advertisements in May 2015 with Darrell Hammond playing him. These days, Norm MacDonald is playing the role, and he will appear in new ads for Nashville Hot Chicken starting on Jan. 17. The company’s efforts to appeal to ...

  • KFC to roll out Nashville Hot Chicken

    01/15/16 ,via Nation's Restaurant News

    Advertising to support the launch is scheduled to begin on Sunday during the NFL Playoffs, including ads featuring Norm MacDonald returning as Colonel Sanders traveling the world to find the best Nashville Hot Chicken recipe. Over the past week ...


Norm Macdonald - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Norman Gene "Norm" Macdonald [1] (born October 17, 1963) [2] is a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor. He is best known for his five seasons as a ...



Norm MacDonald - IMDb

Norm MacDonald, Actor: Dirty Work. MacDonald was born Norman Gene MacDonald in Québec City, Québec on October 17, 1963. He began his career in stand-up comedy.

Norm Macdonald - The Huffington Post

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