Norm Macdonald Lets Loose in New Book!
by James Lang
It might not be the weekend, but Norm Macdonald (an SNL veteran known for hosting Weekend Update) is hitting the streets to promote his book “Based on a True Story: A Memoir”. The clip above is from his appearance on Fox Sports Live, where he graciously discusses all of the issues of the day and actually avoids over-plugging his book. Kudos! Everything from his take on golf (Tiger Woods is actually a better player when he’s emotional) to the weird, circular path of his career in comedy is up for discussion and debate.
Telling “Truth” and Fearing a Libel Suit
If you’re headed to Vegas on a budget anytime soon, his take on the off-strip lodging and entertainment is priceless. But, his book is where it really gets interesting. Macdonald says, while everything in the book is true to his memory, he does worry about getting slapped with a libel suit. Now, if an author is worried about that kind of heat from his former colleagues, you know there’s gotta be some juicy stuff between the dust covers!
Norm’s interview with Esquire hints at all of the topics he covers; ranging from alcohol and drug addiction, to the current state of affairs in the stand-up industry. Of interesting note to many stand-up hopefuls, Norm hates the environment in Hollywood; a place where there’s so much extreme success, that the success an individual has still feels like failures in comparison. He even calls out Louis C.K. for only spending short stents in Hollywood for performances, and then retreating back to smaller, more average-feeling places for refuge.
A Career that Has Come Full Circle
Today, after his phenomenal career writing for sit-coms (like Roseanne), anchoring the Weekend Update desk on SNL for five seasons, and mastering the talk-show circuit, Norm lives in exile from Hollywood and New York; playing at many of the Canadian clubs where he first started out in his journey. Something he has very mixed feelings about. Overall, Macdonald projects an interesting mix between melancholy, regret and gratitude.