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Based on a True Story

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Based on a True Story

A Memoir

By Norm MacDonald

Spiegel & Grau, Hardcover, 9780812993622, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 20, 2016

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.
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

About the Author
Norm Macdonald is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor who lives in Los Angeles. He is the proud father of Devery.