Long time readers know that I m a student of comedy Observant ong time readers will
know that I m particularly a fan of Norm MacDonald Most people know him from that I m particularly a fan of Norm MacDonald Most people know him from tenure at SNL but good Lord that was a uarter of a century ago Personally I think his finest work was on his now defunct podcast Norm MacDonald Live Sadly the original episodes were all scrubbed at the command of Netflix since they got him to do a new and far amer show called Norm MacDonald Has a Show I wasn t surprised to Is Your Networking Net Working? learn that it wasn t going to be renewedIn any case I ve been aware of Norm s book published a few years ago but I only bought it recently It met my expectations which were high You may not be able to articulate the definition of the word wry but this book is just that It is the wry s wry It s impossible for me who is fairly well acuainted with the nuance of Norm s humor to know what s true and what s false As the cover declares this it not a memoir It is a curious pastiche of fact fantasy and sleight of handThe curious thing about Norm is how as a SNL vet he has met with neither post SNL failure fill in the blank here with any of dozens of former SNL players whose name you wouldn t recognize nor post SNL success Adam Sandler Chris Rock Mike Myers etc He s in this strange Norm only middleground with his former fortuneong since suandered on a gambling addictionYet the man is a genius And genius is never understood in its own time I found Based On a True Story to be engaging touching yrical and impressive Deep down Norm seems to be happy I hope he remains so Norm MacDonald has to be one of the most unappreciated comics in modern times He is so glib but hilarious History will prove him to be the Lenny Bruce of our time He has perfect comic timingand that can t be taught Unfortunately for Norm he is so far ahead of his time that no one can figure out how to place him or how to best utilize his type of comedy This has to be one of the Funniest And Most Entertaining Memoirs and most entertaining memoirs have ever readeven if it is mostly true only in his mind I have been a HUGE Norm MacDonald fan for years He is the funniest comedian in the world in my opinion This book does not disappoint at all This book is a fictional autobiography using a real timeline of events of his career but highly fictionalised obviously which goes back and forth to the fake present day story about The Plan The anguage Norm uses the stories he tells and the way he tells them the constant bullying and insulting portrayal of Adam Egat as an alcoholic ex prostitute idiot savant he thought Nelson Mandela was a jewel thief as an example The inane ramblings then the story of him planning a murder then his prison sentence over 34 chapters I will re call as one of the funniest experiences of my entire Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862 life I had to stop reading because I didn t want to wake up my family I wasaughing so NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Driving wild and hilarious The Washington Post here is the incredible memoir of the egendary actor gambler raconteur and Saturday Night Live veteran When Norm Macdonald one of the greatest stand. Tion his comedic schtick may be that he s sort of a dopey backwards bumpkin but in truth he s anything but Norm is a very intelligent person and I ve found this book to be surprisingly well written and entertaining This is a good fun read for all the old chunks of coal out there Very funny I was on a flight sitting between two strangers The flight was the three of us minding our own business and trying not to make physical contact in the tight confines of a
Commercial Jet The Uiet Scene jet The uiet scene repeatedly by what must have appeared to my seat mates as Tourette s ike bursts of cackling by me I really enjoyed the book And my seat mates isted even further away from me because of my random outbursts so my middle seat on the plane ended up being uite roomy Well done Norm Filled with actual half truths wrapped in Norm s bumbling yet brilliant speaking style While he wears the mask of a fool Macdonald will surprise you with references to classic iterary works right before dropping the euivalent of a fart joke There is a mix of humility and feigned pride throughout Laugh out Secrets Sequences (Secret Coders) loud funny while giving you confirmation that Norm is exactly the guy you think you always knewand then some Poor Adam Eget has found fame too by becoming theackey s Sanando El Alma Eterna - Perspectivas de Vidas Pasadas y Regresion Espiritual lackey One day I expect to read a murdersuicide headline with both their names attached to the content Norm keepooking over your shoulder As a Norm fan I started reading with a bias towards enjoying this book but gave up half way throughIt starts realistically with him discussing his early Crown of Cinder (Wings of Fury, life which isike the rest of the book well written and very readable then a few chapters in it switches to fictionOr at How to Draft Basic Patterns 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 universeFor instance did heike Sarah Silverman in real ife 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 anywayIt became a series of funny made up scenarios fine in themselves but not enough to hold my interestIt s about an 8020 split of fantasy and reality I would have to hold my interestIt s about an 8020 split of fantasy and reality I would have that flipped the other way around so we have enough
material to connect with the real Norm this feels ike he s keeping people at arms ength If you don t to connect with the real Norm this feels ike he s keeping people at arms A Seat At The Table: A Novel of Forbidden Choices length If you don t the author or his comedy this is still a good buy but not as a serious autobiographyIt takes the unreliable narrator trope and turns it up to an absurd hilarious and ultimately comedic effectThere s great prose and some nice aphorism as well as a rare surrealness to this book thateaves a strong impressio. Orthern Canada When he emerged he had under his arm a manuscript a genre smashing book about comedy tragedy Soul Unchained (Sons of Wrath, loveoss war and redemption When asked if this was the celebrity memoir Norm replied Call it anything you damn i.
download Based on a True Story: Not a MemoirUch at that point I think I cried a The Jewish People: 2Their History and Their Religion little which i ve never done fromaughing This book is seriously worth the money I can see how a new fan might not get it And reading it in Norms
voice makes the experience even better if you know his comedy and style of talking But even at that itmakes the experience even better if you know his comedy and style of talking But even at that it been a joyous experience reading this book and it s well worth the time and money spent on itSo I d say buy it or you re
no better than that scoundrel Nelson Mandela in my book A goodbetter than that scoundrel Nelson Mandela in my book A good Very funny For my money though an actual memoir by Norm MacDonald would be funnier Lots of people say it reads Wilhelm Van Gloeden like Russianiterature Not really It has a Samotny rejs OPTY long shaggy dog story about a moth in a podiatrsit s office which does but overall it readsike Spike MilliganIt 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 ived His podcast and his stand up are sublime The book is good but I think something ess contrived could be even better Norm is as good at writing as OJ is at murdering wives but neither gets credit for it Sometimes Omega Beloved - Reimagined life is unfair Welleave it to Norm Macdonald to have written the most unusual celeb memoir I have ever read He does however give you fair warning that not everything in the book is true Instead it s this weird mix of truth things that are ridiculously false and stuff that makes you wonder is he pulling my The Nalco Guide to Boiler Failure Analysis leg or is thisegitI never Who Is Esau Edom? 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 myip from Weeds Among the Wheat Discernment Where Prayer and Action Meet laughing outoud 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 jokeI thought the book got off to a rather slow start I was a good 14 of the way into it before it started to get pretty entertaining I Sesame Street Elmo's Easy as ABC Book and DVD Flap Book and DVD loved him including some of his old Weekend Update jokes as they are still as funny now as they were at the timeI do have mixed feelings about this book I probably would have enjoyed it 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 It helps if youisten to the audiobook with Norm himself reading it it s easier to tell which parts are wholly ironic or comedic and which parts may have a ittle truth to them But one thing I can say is that it s a fantastically entertaining book I ve often heard it said that Norm is ikely the most well read of all of the stand up comedians especially in Russian Lest Darkness Fall and Related Stories literature and it shows here Norm s great decep. 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 toive on a farm in