Based on a True Story: A Memoir by Norm Macdonald

By Norm Macdonald

Wild, risky, and flat-out incredible, this is the magnificent memoir of the actor, gambler, raconteur, SNL veteran, and the most effective stand-up comedians of all time.
As this book’s identify indicates, Norm Macdonald tells the tale of his life—more or less—from his origins on a farm in the-back-of-beyond Canada and an epically disastrous visual appeal on Star Search to his account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run because the anchor of Weekend replace on Saturday evening Live—until he used to be fired simply because a company government didn’t imagine he used to be funny. But Based on a real Story is far greater than a memoir; it’s the hilarious, encouraged epic of Norm’s life.
In dispatches from a street journey to Las Vegas (part of a plan hatched to regain the fortune he’d misplaced to activities having a bet and different vices) along with his sidekick and enabler, Adam Eget, Norm recounts the milestone moments, the regrets, the affection affairs, the days fortune smiled on his lifestyles, and the days it refused to grin. because the clock ticks down, Norm’s debt reaches list heights, and he needs to give you the chance to ward off the hefty fee that’s been put on his head through probably the most harmful personal loan sharks within the country.
As a comedy legend should still, Norm peppers those pages with vintage jokes and fondly mythologized Hollywood tales. This wildly adventurous, completely unique, and absurdly humorous saga turns the normal “comic’s memoir” on its head and offers the reader an unique move into the mad, wonderful brain of Norm Macdonald.

Advance compliment for Based on a real Story
“Norm is very good and considerate and there's sensitivity and inventive perception in his observations and tales. loads of comics through the years were in comparison to Mark Twain, yet i feel Norm is the one one that truly suits the man by way of his voice and skill. I heavily f**king love Norm Macdonald. Please purchase his booklet. He most likely wishes the money. He’s rather undesirable with money.”—Louis C.K., from the foreword
“Norm is certainly one of my all-time favorites, and this ebook was once this sort of nice learn I forgot how lonely i used to be for a while.”—Amy Schumer
“I continuously inspiration Normie’s stand-up used to be the funniest factor there has been. yet this e-book supplies it a run for its money.”—Adam Sandler
“Norm is among the maximum stand-up comics who’s ever worked—a absolutely unique voice. His experience of the ridiculous and his use of juxtaposition in his writing make him a comic’s comedian. all of us love Norm.”—Roseanne Barr
“Norm Macdonald makes me chuckle my ass off. who's funnier than Norm Macdonald? Nobody.”—Judd Apatow
“Norm Macdonald is greater than a triple threat—he’s a septuple hazard. he's clever, humorous, wry, rakish, well mannered, rakish . . . no, wait. he's well mannered, insightful, and . . . aaaaah . . . hot. No. He’s fascinating. Yeah. intriguing! You by no means comprehend what he’ll do. ok, then make that unpredictable. upload that up. He’s amazing.”—Alec Baldwin
“Norm in basic terms has to grunt to make me chortle. And this e-book is 300 pages? signal me up.”—Sophia Amoruso, writer of #GIRLBOSS
“Norm is a double hazard. His fabric and timing are either top-notch, that is remarkable. he's certainly one of my favorites, either on- and off-stage.”—Dave Attell
“David Letterman stated it most sensible: there isn't any one funnier than Norm Macdonald.”—Rob Schneider

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I like to gamble—gamble money on games of chance. And some have said that it’s been the ruin of me. “Go up and do a set. They’ll love you. ” “No, you know that’s not what I’m saying. C’mon, Norm, as a favor to me. ” There’s a lady up onstage now and she’s saying the most unladylike things, quite shocking. The folks in the crowd are looking at each other, astonished. They can hardly believe what they’re hearing and I can tell that they don’t know what to do, so they decide to laugh. “Fine,” I say.

He closed the door and the inside of the shed went black. Then I heard the bolt. I forget what happened next. 5 EIGHT YEARS OLD TO THIRTEEN YEARS OLD I forget. 6 THIRTEEN YEARS OLD Those lost years of mine sure made for a lot of teasing from my family, I’m here to tell you. “Hey, Norm,” my father would say as we ate our supper, “tell us a story from when you were nine. Or ten. Or even twelve. ” And I’d think just as hard as I could, narrowing my eyes and clenching my teeth, anything to try to force a memory to the surface.

By David Spade, the comic actor. Why, even by Adam Sandler himself! “Yes, I’ve heard good things. But the thing is, you’re a stand-up comedian. We are a variety show and I have to be sure you will be able to provide versatility. ” I wasn’t sure he cared about wasting my time, since I’d been left in his waiting room for four hours, waiting and waiting. And waiting. “Tell me another story about Lily Tomlin, Lorne,” I blurted out. I figured if he could tell me another funny story, I could start laughing again, and we could go back to those great times we were having a few moments ago.

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