• $11.99

Publisher Description

Wild, dangerous, and flat-out unbelievable, here is the incredible #1 bestselling memoir of the Canadian actor, gambler, and raconteur, and one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time.

A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

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 backwoods of Ontario 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 just 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 pages with classic jokes and long-mythologized Hollywood stories. This wildly adventurous, totally original, and absurdly funny saga turns the conventional “comic’s memoir” on its head and gives the reader an exclusive pass inside the mad, glorious mind of Norm Macdonald.

September 20
Harper Collins Canada Limited

Customer Reviews

Triple a 1313 ,

Get this Now !!

This book is hilarious and beautiful. I want to see this as a movie for sure. Also to Apple: I need the audiobook version on iTunes ASAP please :)

D.C. Maloney ,

Just buy it.

Okay purely from a practical standpoint, 11$ is a steal for a novel that is equal parts captivating and hilarious- it's a tumultuous, side-splitting journey through the mind and memory of one of Canada's favourite sons.

I splurged on the audiobook for a road trip up to Sudbury from TO and hadn't even made it off the 401 before just about tumbling over the guardrail from laughing so hard.

Thank you, Norm. Can't wait for the next one.

52joe52 ,


Norm MacDonald is a true Canadian and what every c-list actor should strive to be.