By Norm Macdonald
Wild, risky, and flat-out incredible, here's the tremendous memoir of the actor, gambler, raconteur, SNL veteran, and the most effective stand-up comedians of all time.
As this book’s name 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 govt didn’t imagine he was once funny. But Based on a real Story is way 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 existence, and the days it refused to grin. because the clock ticks down, Norm’s debt reaches checklist heights, and he needs to have the option to stay clear of the hefty cost that’s been put on his head via the most risky mortgage 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, absolutely unique, and absurdly humorous saga turns the normal “comic’s memoir” on its head and offers the reader an unique cross into the mad, wonderful brain of Norm Macdonald.
Advance compliment for Based on a real Story
“Norm is extraordinary 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 believe Norm is the one one that really suits the man by way of his voice and talent. I heavily f**king love Norm Macdonald. Please purchase his booklet. He most likely wishes the money. He’s quite undesirable with money.”—Louis C.K., from the foreword
“Norm is certainly one of my all-time favorites, and this e-book was once the sort of nice learn I forgot how lonely i used to be for a while.”—Amy Schumer
“I consistently suggestion Normie’s stand-up was once the funniest factor there has been. yet this ebook provides it a run for its money.”—Adam Sandler
“Norm is likely one of the maximum stand-up comics who’s ever worked—a absolutely unique voice. His feel 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 chortle my ass off. who's funnier than Norm Macdonald? Nobody.”—Judd Apatow
“Norm Macdonald is greater than a triple threat—he’s a septuple chance. he's shrewdpermanent, humorous, wry, rakish, well mannered, rakish . . . no, wait. he's well mannered, insightful, and . . . aaaaah . . . hot. No. He’s fascinating. Yeah. fascinating! You by no means recognize what he’ll do. ok, then make that unpredictable. upload that up. He’s amazing.”—Alec Baldwin
“Norm simply has to grunt to make me snort. And this publication 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 unprecedented. he's one in all my favorites, either on- and off-stage.”—Dave Attell
“David Letterman stated it most sensible: there's no one funnier than Norm Macdonald.”—Rob Schneider
From the Hardcover edition.
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This whole endeavor had nothing to do with food. And this is when I learned that hardscrabble truth: There is a difference between what a thing is and what it appears to be. A thing can appear to be content and happy as it lies with you so close that you feel its purr in your belly. And if you don’t look through the screen door and out into the world, you might never realize that the thing you think you know and love is another, more dangerous thing altogether. Once I learned this truth, I began to see examples of it everywhere.
I should know, because I’ve got one of my own. 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.
I asked. Old Jack just sat still for the longest time, like I wasn’t even there. It was like he couldn’t hear or see me. Like he was hearing and seeing different things. So I just stood there, and after a good long time, Old Jack looked up and seemed surprised that I was in front of him. “Well, hello, Sprite,” he said. “What’s the matter? ” “Say, Sprite, I know what’ll lift your spirits. I know the very thing. ” I was very excited. ” “I haven’t got the money to get you a true birthday present, Sprite.