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“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
“My three favorite books:
1. The Bible, by Moses and other guys
2. The Art of the Deal, by President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump (a.k.a. President Trumpy)
3. Based on a True Story, by Norm Macdonald
I have not read the first two. I have read Based on a True Story, and I believe it to be largely bullshit, but it is 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 only has to grunt to make me laugh. And this book is three hundred pages? Sign me up.”—Sophia Amoruso, author of #GIRLBOSS
“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
“David Letterman said it best: There is no one funnier than Norm Macdonald.”—Rob Schneider
About the Author
- File Size : 8010 KB
- Publisher : Random House (September 20, 2016)
- Publication Date : September 20, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B01B0K989W
- Print Length : 242 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,608 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I never listen to audiobooks, but this time I wish I had because his humor doesn't translate as well in written form. That's not to say the book isn't funny as there were multiple times while reading this in public at the airport I had to bite my lip from laughing out loud. I just think hearing him read his book would enhance the whole experience because part of why he is so funny is his way of delivering a joke.
I thought the book got off to a rather slow start. I was a good 1/4 of the way into it before it started to get pretty entertaining. I loved him including some of his old Weekend Update jokes as they are still as funny now as they were at the time.
I do have mixed feelings about this book. I probably would have enjoyed it more if it was in the style of a typical celeb memoir. But Norm is anything but typical so I guess I do appreciate the fact he went in a completely opposite direction. I recommend giving this one a chance if you are a fan of his, but get the audiobook instead of reading it in written form.
This book is aimed squarely at those who are fans of Norm's slightly odd brand of comedy; his mixing of fact of fiction, the shaggy-dog quality of many of his jokes and stories, his brilliant and hilarious use of language, and his deadpan refusal to acknowledge when he is joking. Some of it almost relies on outside knowledge -- for instance, his descriptions of Adam Eget probably just come across as confusing and mean if the reader is not familiar with their relationship from Norm's video podcast. Maybe some of that is a bit too "inside baseball", but for me as a huge fan of Norm, it made almost every aspect of this book uproarious.
I believe I can honestly say I laughed more and harder while reading this book than any book I have ever read (including many, many other comedians' books). Without giving too much away, Chapter 5 in particular made me set the book down from laughing so hard. But at the same time, I can easily see others reading it and barely cracking a smile. It is definitely aimed at a very specific sense of humor, but for those of us who share that, it lands beautifully.
I feel this book captures what to me is so appealing about Norm - clever, thoughtful satire which deftly maneuvers from the highbrow to the lowbrow (but mostly lowbrow thankgod - O mean let's face it that's Norm's bread and butter!)
For those readers hoping for a moretraditional, garden-variety read of the author's life and career, you may find yourself feeling a bit letdown. Yet I believe that an attentive reader will come to conclude that this "memoir" does indeed contain a great deal of truth - just perhaps not the Objective truth of the author's life (Hence the title of this book).
(NOTE: some advice for those not overly familiar with Norm, search the web for his WTF podcast appearance and his Conan/Letterman spots - it will greatly enhance your experience of this work).
Top reviews from other countries
So I'd say buy it or you're no better than that scoundrel Nelson Mandela in my book
It starts realistically with him discussing his early life, which is - like the rest of the book - well written and very readable, then a few chapters in it switches to fiction.
Or at least 90% fiction. The bare bones are there, where he worked, who he worked with, but everything is told as if it had happened in a surreal parallel universe.
For instance, did he like Sarah Silverman in real life? Who knows, in this version he stalks her and she pepper sprays him. How did he get the job at SNL? Who knows, here he sells Lorne Michaels drugs. Then he takes a dying kid to club baby seals. Ok, funny enough, but when EVERYTHING is abstract and fictional, it's hard to relate to him and care about what happens next, seeing as it won't be real anyway.
It became a series of funny made-up scenarios - fine in themselves but not enough to hold my interest.
It's about an 80/20 split of fantasy and reality, I would have like that flipped the other way around, so we have enough material to connect with the real Norm, this feels like he's keeping people at arms length.
It's good and I'm glad I read it but the praise heaped on it by other reviewers seems a bit much. Norm is for my money the funniest man who ever lived. His podcast and his stand up are sublime. The book is good but I think something less contrived could be even better.
It takes the unreliable narrator trope and turns it up to an absurd, hilarious and ultimately comedic effect.
There's great prose and some nice aphorism as well as a rare surrealness to this book that leaves a strong impression.