Norm MacDonald has signed with Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau to publish his memoir, Based On A True Story, in 2016. The martini-dry comedian is best known for his stint as anchor of “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live — and for being fired in 1998 by then-NBC West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer for his alleged lack of funny.
Macdonald will recount the story of his life — more or less, according to the publisher — from his origins in a rural Canadian town to an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search, to his possibly apocryphal account of auditioning for SNL producer Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as “Weekend Update” anchor.
“If you like a good old-fashioned tell-all bombshell about sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll, and if you like an unflinching account of how the dirty little business of big-time comedy works, then you will love Based On A True Story,” MacDonald said in the publisher’s announcement. “OK, one time I do flinch. But only once. The rest of time, unflinching. Also, there will be no mention of rock’n’roll. I was lying.”
Macdonald was most recently a judge on the 2015 season of Last Comic Standing and currently stars in KFC commercials as The Colonel. His films include Dirty Work and Billy Madison.
SVP and Publisher Julie Grau acquired the book’s U.S. rights from Joseph Veltre at Gersh for fall 2016 publication, with Associate Editor Laura Van der Veer editing.