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Based on a True Story: A Memoir (Unabridged)

by Norm MacDonald

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Wild, dangerous, and flat-out unbelievable, here is the incredible memoir of the actor, gambler, raconteur, and SNL veteran and one of the best stand-up comedians of all time. As this book's title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life - more or less - from his origins on a farm in the-back-of-beyond Canada and an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search to his account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live - until he was fired because a corporate executive didn't think he was funny. But Based on a True Story is much more than a memoir; it's the hilarious, inspired epic of Norm's life. In dispatches from a road trip to Las Vegas (part of a plan hatched to regain the fortune he'd lost to sports betting and other vices) with his sidekick and enabler, Adam Eget, Norm recounts the milestone moments, the regrets, the love affairs, the times fortune smiled on his life, and the times it refused to smile. 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 minutes with classic jokes and fondly mythologized Hollywood stories. This wildly adventurous, totally original, and absurdly funny saga turns the conventional comic's memoir on its head and gives the listener an exclusive pass into the mad, glorious mind of Norm Macdonald.

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It's as if a room full of scientists draped in lab coats and adorned with gloves and goggles were working tirelessly to piece together two perfectly selected strands of DNA. The first being from the great Russian author of "War and Peace", Leo Tolstoy. And the second strand of this DNA concoction is from this country's (USA) and possibly the worlds greatest humorous of all time, Samuel Langhorne Clemens. aka Mark Twain. The test tubs and petri dishes were then heated and then chilled at just the right temperatures. Out of this bubbling brew spawned the comedic genius that is "Norm Macdonald". Now you should know that when I say genius I do mean genius in the most truest sense of the word. In some circles he's even referred to as "Einstein". Norm Macdonald has been blessed with the story telling gene. He's able to weave a yarn, be they bona fide or be they fiction, more masterfully than any living mortal throughout history. In fact I did quite difficult and extensive algorithms and calculations to come up with that last statement and I josh you not, it's as true as the day is long.
Norm Macdonald has been able to bring more joy into my life than any other living human. Now that I think of it he's even brought more joy into my life than any dead human too. And animals also. I mean that Mr Ed could make me shoot milk out from my nose but he pales in comparison to Norm. I say neigh to talking horses. Neigh I tell you, and yes to Norm Macdonald.
The book is a masterpiece and I appreciate you taking the time to pen it.

Pulitzer nominated???

Norm being Norm, If you aren't already a Norm Mcdonald fan listening to his voice for 7 1/2 hours isn't going to change your mind, but on the other hand maybe you're a glutton for punishment.

Norm MacDonald, Based on a True Story: A Memoir (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Norm Macdonald, Tim O'Halloran
  • Published: 2016
  • Category: Comedy
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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