In fact, while he wouldn’t mention names, Macdonald claims that every memoir he read in preparation to write his own were terrible, with the exception of those by Benjamin Franklin and Malcolm X.
For the most part, the writers came off as self-indulgent and narcissistic, he says.
“It’s like: ‘And then … was the big night,’” he says, breaking into a melodramatic voice-over. “‘I was in the wings …’ Nobody gives a f — ck. except you.’ ”
His memory is certainly not photographic, but his recitation is impressive nonetheless.
You can listen to Norm recite Shel Silverstein’s “The Devil and Billy Markham” from memory (with relative accuracy) here.
Norm MacDonald as David Letterman