Based on a True Story: A Memoir by Norm Macdonald

In 2016, stand-up comedian Norm Macdonald wrote a book called “Based on a True Story: A Memoir.” The name of the book isn’t entirely accurate since Norm himself says the book is a novel and not exactly a memoir. The book is Norm Macdonald in a nutshell; you can never really tell when he’s being truthful or just playing around. The book covers some strange trails and tribulations of Norm and his pal (sidekick, lackey) Adam Eget. Consequently, the book has a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas quality with Norm and Adam’s gambling exploits and other adventures.

Based on a True Story: A Memoir Review

Based on a True Story: A Memoir reads as if Norm is on stage doing a stand-up special. He weaves his way in and out of different topics but always leaving you laughing with a punchline or two. If you’ve seen any of Norm’s stand-up or comedy special, you know what we mean. This book is Norm riffing on celebrities or frankly, any topic he so chooses. Above all, the book is guaranteed to make you laugh-especially Chapter 5.

The funny thing about the book is that you almost get the impression that Norm signed a contract to write the book and then realized that he didn’t want to write a book, let alone a memoir. The result is a hilarious bit of writing that will leave you wondering why Norm doesn’t write more books.

Norm does devote a few pages to what amounts to a written telling of his (in)famous moth joke. You know the moth joke that he told Conan O’Brien:

If you are a Norm Macdonald fan, you’ll love Based on a True Story: A Memoir. The book is Norm at his best. If you aren’t a Norm Macdonald fan, then maybe you should start by watching some of his stand-up routines he did as a guest of David Letterman.

Based on a True Story: A Memoir by Norm Macdonald gets 4.5 out of 5 stars

How do I get Based on a True Story: A Memoir by Norm Macdonald for free?

Yes, you can get the audiobook for free by using Audible. It is narrated by Norm himself! The book is also available in other formats like hardcover, paperback, and Kindle.

Is Based on a True Story really Norm Macdonald’s memoir?

No it is not really a memoir. The book is reportedly somewhat true but mostly comedy.

Who is Adam Eget and how does he know Norm Macdonald?

Adam Eget runs the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He has also been Norm’s partner on his podcast Norm Macdonald Live and his Netflix show Norm Macdonald has a Show. Adam typically plays the straight man to Norm and often gets involved in elaborate jokes that seemingly go nowhere (also called shaggy dog stories). Adam is Norm’s sidekick; others might say he’s a lackey. Adam is also a character in the book, playing himself.

How did Norm Macdonald introduce Artie Lange to Howard Stern?

Howard Stern Show fans remember Norm from his many appearances on the show. Norm is the one who introduced Artie Lange to Howard Stern and the crew. In 2001 Jackie Martling had left The Howard Stern Show, and they held a contest aptly named “Win Jackie’s Money.” Artie had worked with Norm in the movie Dirty Work and on The Norm Show which had just ended. Norm had brought Artie to the studio on this trip, and when given a chance they invited Artie into the studio. The rest shall we say was (radio) history.