Based on a True Story: A Memoir – Norm MacDonald

Oct 07

Based on a True Story: A Memoir – Norm MacDonald

This “story” is by Norm MacDonald. If you know me, you know that I have watched Saturday Night Live religiously pretty much since birth. I was a big fan of Norm and his Weekend Update stint. I was an even bigger fan of Sports Show with Norm MacDonald. It was on for one hot minute in 2011, and my husband and I still quote some of the skits to this day. So, I wanted to like this book. That is why anyone buys a book; they want to enjoy reading about someone’s life or be transported by a story. Sadly, this book did neither for me.

The book started off in an interesting enough fashion. Norm is driving to Vegas with a friend that he abuses throughout. He begins to tell the friend about his childhood as they drive. I thought, at this point, that I would learn about where Norm came from and the experiences he had that drove him to be a comedian. He tiptoes on and around things I wanted to know (SNL, famous folks he knows, life on the road, love interests, etc.) but these sections were few and far between. Instead, this reader was painstakingly pulled through gambling binges, seal bashings, and molestations. The book became a tragic, fantastic tale of gambling addiction, peppered with far too few “true” stories.

Perhaps this is a truly great and original way of doing a memoir, and I just didn’t get it.

He’ll still be responsible for one of my favorite jokes:

“Number one on the college charts this summer: Better Than Ezra. And at number two? Ezra.”0929161502b






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