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Based on a True Story
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Norm Macdonald was a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He died in September 2021.

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"A driving, wild and hilarious ramble of a book, what might have happened had Hunter S. Thompson embedded himself in a network studio."-The Washington Post

"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 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

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