Jim Norton (comedian)

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Jim Norton
Jim Norton photo by Josh Alder.jpg
Norton in 2011
Birth name James Joseph Norton, Jr.
Born (1968-07-19) July 19, 1968 (age 48)
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
Medium
Years active 1990–present
Genres
Subject(s)
Notable works and roles Opie and Anthony
Lucky Louie
Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn
Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld
The Jay Leno Show
Chelsea Lately
Louie

James Joseph "Jim" Norton, Jr. (born July 19, 1968) is an American comedian, radio personality, author, and actor. He is best known as the former co-host of the Opie and Anthony radio show with Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia from 2001 to 2014. He is the co-host of Jim Norton and Sam Roberts on Sirius XM Satellite Radio which launched in 2016 with Sam Roberts.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Norton began his stand-up comedy career in April 1990 and spent several years developing his act. After appearing on The Louie Show in 1997, he was spotted by comedian Andrew Dice Clay who chose Norton to tour with him as support for the next three years. In 2000, Norton made his debut on Opie and Anthony and joined the show as a co-host from 2001 which increased his national exposure. He went on to star in the sitcom Lucky Louie and had cameos in feature films including Spider-Man (2002). Since he joined SiriusXM with Opie and Anthony in 2004, Norton hosted Opie with Jim Norton from 2014 to 2016, and The Jim Norton Advice Show.

Since 2004, Norton has produced various stand-up specials, including Monster Rain (2007), Please Be Offended (2012), American Degenerate (2013); his most recent is A Mouthful of Shame (2017). In 2014, Norton hosted The Jim Norton Show, a talk show on VICE. He has written two books: Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch (2007) and I Hate Your Guts (2008).

Early life[edit]

Jim Norton was born in Bayonne, New Jersey.[1] His mother was a librarian and his father was a former marine and army reservist who later worked as a driver for the US postal service.[2][3] Norton grew up in North Brunswick, New Jersey,[4] and attended North Brunswick High School. During this time, at age 13, Norton started to drink heavily, "mostly vodka and grain alcohol" because it got him drunk quicker. "That feeling of discomfort that was always there, wasn't there when I drank. It was just a way of feeling comfortable ... I was horribly insecure, horribly shy, always feeling ugly and weak".[3] At 16, Norton started to cut himself with a razor blade in an attempt at "attention-seeking ... It was "notice me!" crap. I was 16, 17, and drunk. I never did that stuff sober".[5] He then missed some schooling, including his graduation from high school, after his alarmed parents sent him to a rehab facility in Princeton, New Jersey for one month, where he continued to sneak in alcohol but changed his thinking and completed the course at 18. When he was away, his class had voted him as class clown.[5] Norton had his last drink at New Year's Eve 1985 going into 1986, and has been teetotal and drug free since.[6][3] After being sober for around three years, he obtained his GED[7] and attended Middlesex County College for one semester, where he received "one B and three F's".[5]

Career[edit]

Stand-up[edit]

Norton wished to be a stand-up comedian at age 12. He took an interest to comedy after his mother would bring comedy albums home from her work, and named Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Woody Allen, and Robert Klein as his early favourites.[8] He performed his first stand-up routine in April 1990 at an open mic night at the Varsity pub in Sayreville, New Jersey when he was 21.[3][8][8] He later described his performance as "awful".[9] He then spent the following five years working on his stand-up in the New Jersey, Boston, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida areas with fellow comedians Jim Florentine and Bob Levy who were coming up at the same.[9][8] Around ten years into his stand-up career, Norton felt he found his voice and felt comfortable enough on stage.[9]

After his appearance on The Louie Show in 1997, Norton landed the opportunity to open for comedian Andrew Dice Clay on tour,which lasted through 2000.[8] While Opie and Anthony were off the air from 2002 to 2004, the situation encouraged Norton to write a considerable amount of new material which he recalled improved his performance and writing. He assembled a new, 45-minute act and, in 2003, he released his first comedy album, Yellow Discipline. In April 2005, Norton released his second comedy second album, Trinkets I Own Made from Gorilla Hands.[9] In the same month he filmed a pilot episode for a Comedy Central sitcom named Lucky Louie with comedian Louis C.K., playing as Louie's friend Rich,[9] and filmed his first half-hour HBO comedy special as part of the network's One Night Stand series, at a sold out show after his manager informed him of the chance to perform a showcase in the New York City area.[9][10]

Norton frequently tours the United States, performing at well-known comedy clubs. In 2004, Norton was voted best comedian and breakthrough performer of the year on the Cringe Humor website, which is dedicated to some prominent New York comedians. Norton frequently performs at Caroline's and the Comedy Cellar. Norton was the best man at Rich Vos' 2005 wedding to Bonnie McFarlane. Dom Irrera has described Norton as one of today's best comedians. He returned to the 2007 tour as well.[citation needed]

Norton's 2012 special, Please Be Offended on Epix.[11] This was succeeded by the 2013 special American Degenerate. American Degenerate premiered on Netflix on November 21, 2013. Most recently Norton released his special Contextually Inadequate on April 24, 2015 on Epix.

Radio[edit]

In 2001, Norton became a co-host of the Opie and Anthony radio show on WNEW in New York City, with hosts Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia. He first appeared on the show in 2000 with Clay during his time opening for him on tour and became a regular guest and sat in on some shows. In November 2000, Norton was arrested with comedian Lewis Black and show producer Rick Del Gado during their live reports onboard the Teen Voyeur Bus, a transparent bus of topless women driving around the city. It so happened that the bus' route was also the route that the president was also taking that day, but the show was not informed of the news.[12] In August 2002, the show was cancelled following the controversial Sex for Sam 3 segment and remained off the air for two years. Norton returned to the radio with Hughes and Cumia on XM Satellite Radio, an uncensored satellite radio service, in October 2004.

In October 2008, Norton was sued by New York City attorney Roy Den Hollander over his treatment during a phone interview on the radio show.[13] In August 2009, The New York Post reported that Hollander was willing to drop his suit if Norton would also drop his motion to have Hollander sanctioned for filing a baseless claim, as well as being forced to pay Norton's legal fees.[14]

On December 2, 2009, Norton had an on-air argument with Jesse Ventura over the September 11 attacks and measures against illegal immigration. Ventura was arguing against what Norton claimed was the Border Patrol practice of stopping individuals and asking for ID deep within US borders, claiming that such actions were unconstitutional. At some point, when Norton disagreed with him on this, Ventura suggested that Norton did not believe in the Constitution, to which Norton strongly objected. Soon after, as the argument became more heated, Ventura walked off the air and the two exchanged explicit comments towards each other.[15]

On May 27, 2010, The Jim Norton Show premiered on Raw Dog Comedy. Norton hosts the program, which features other comedians as well as clips of live stand-up.

Norton debuted an Internet talk show on the video streaming channel VICE, in June 2014. Guests included comedians Dave Attell, Whitney Cummings, and Gilbert Gottfried, and Mike Tyson, Dana White and Rick Ross.[16]

After Cumia was fired from SiriusXM in July 2014, Hughes and Norton continued to broadcast and became the hosts of Opie with Jim Norton, during which time the channel was renamed Opie Radio. The show ended in September 2016.[17][18] During this time, Norton also hosted a weekly advice show on SiriusXM, The Jim Norton Advice Show.[19]

In October 2016, Norton became the host of Jim Norton and Sam Roberts with former Opie and Anthony intern and producer Sam Roberts.

In 2016, Norton raised money through Indiegogo for a project that involved an animated cartoon project, The Chip Chipperson Show. Norton voices the title character as well as his other creations such as Uncle Paul, Jelly, Edgar Mellencamp, and Ted Scheckler.[20]

Jim is the current host of the first UFC sponsored podcast UFC Unfiltered, with former fighter Matt Serra.[21]

Television[edit]

In 2004, Norton's regular two-year spot on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn ended after the show was cancelled, and his place on the second season of Last Comic Standing was lost because of a contractual obligation to film around pilot episodes for MTV, something he secured following the success of his One Night Stand special. None of the pilots made it to the air.[9][10]

Norton's first half-hour HBO special aired on October 21, 2005. His second was filmed in 2007 which aired live on October 13 that year. In 2006, Norton landed the role of Rich on the HBO series Lucky Louie. Rich is a foul-mouthed, perverted, "ill-informed", straight shooting character who lives with his mother and deals pot to high schoolers for a living, departing from the traditionally tamer sitcom model of a supporting character.

In June 2008, Norton appeared in several episodes of The Gong Show with Dave Attell as one of the celebrity judges. Since mid-2007, Norton has been a regular guest on Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld on the Fox News Channel. On June 21, 2010, Norton guest-hosted Red Eye. Norton has also appeared regularly as a correspondent for The Jay Leno Show as Jim Norton: The Uninvited Guest.[22] Starting in 2010, Norton began appearing in Louis CK's FX sitcom, Louie.

Books[edit]

In early 2007, Norton announced the near completion of his first book, a collection of stories of his life with anecdotes from his childhood and his comedy career. Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch was released on July 10, 2007.[23] It reached No. 4 on The New York Times Best Seller list under hardcover non-fiction,[24] and entered the Amazon.com Top 10 for books the day it was released, peaking at No. 7.

Norton released his second book, I Hate Your Guts, on November 4, 2008. It reached No. 13 on The New York Times Best Seller list under hardcover non-fiction.[25]

Film[edit]

Norton has had various cameo appearances such as in the 2002 film Spider-Man and the 2008 film Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Norton described the role in Spider-Man as being a quarter-step above being an extra.[26] He has also appeared in the films Furry Vengeance , Cop Out" and Special Correspondents.

Norton had a pivotal role in the film Courting Condi, counseling Devin Ratray on how to win the heart of Condoleezza Rice.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Norton lives in New York City,[1] and is a fan of heavy metal and hard rock including Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, and KISS and has his own playlist segment on Ozzy's Boneyard channel on SiriusXm Radio.[citation needed]

Selected works[edit]

Albums

Year Title Notes
2003 Yellow Discipline Recorded at The Stress Factory in New Brunswick, New Jersey
2005 Trinkets I Own Made from Gorilla Hands Recorded at The Stress Factory
2011 Despicable Recorded at The Stress Factory
2012 No Baby For You!

DVDs/Specials

Year Title Notes
2005 One Night Stand: Jim Norton 30 minute HBO special
2007 Monster Rain Recorded at The Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C.
2009 Down and Dirty with Jim Norton Stand-up showcase, hosted by Norton
2012 Please Be Offended 1 hr EPIX special recorded at Ohio Theatre in Cleveland, OH
2013 American Degenerate 1 hr EPIX special recorded in Boston
2015 Contextually Inadequate 1 hr EPIX special recorded in Boston
2017 A Mouthful of Shame 1 hour Netflix special recorded in New York

Books

Year Title Notes
2007 Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch Foreword by Colin Quinn
2008 I Hate Your Guts A collection of 35 venomous essays

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Brokers Homeless Guy
2000 Sidesplitters: The Burt & Dick Story Dick Short film
2000 Ed Ernie Two episodes
2002 Run Ronnie Run Police Officer Uncredited
2002 American Dummy Eddie Barnum Short film
2002 Errors, Freaks & Oddities Paul
2002 Spider-Man Surly Truck Driver
2002 Rock Bottom Diesel
2002 'Crooks Paul Short film
2003 The Gynecologists Sheldrake Short film
2006 Bully Officer Morrison (Voice) Video game
2006–07 Lucky Louie Rich 13 episodes
2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Auditioner
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Joseph Kaplan, Chuck Jones from Just or Unjust (voice) Video game
2008 Courting Condi Himself
2009 Z Rock Himself 1 episode
2010 Cop Out George
2010 Furry Vengeance Hank
2010 Bored to Death Jim Episode: "The Gowanus Canal Has Gonorrhea!"
2010–15 Louie Jim / Pig 10 episodes
2012 True Bromance Best Bro
2012 Who Is Tara Thomas? Himself Short film
2012 Who Is Tara Thomas? Himself Short film
2013–15 Inside Amy Schumer Various 4 episodes
2014 Teachers Lounge Head of Security
2015 Deadbeat Carl Episode: "The Spank Job"
2015 Benders Brian Beale Episode: "Wake 'Em Up"
2015 The Knick Camera Man Episode: "Williams and Walker"
2015 Trainwreck Carriage Driver
2016 Special Correspondents Rent Boy
2016 Pitching Tents Mr. Mulligan

Writer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2005 One Night Stand
2007 Jim Norton: Monster Rain Stand-up special
2012 Jim Norton: Please Be Offended Stand-up special
2012 Jim Norton: American Degenerate Stand-up special

Self[edit]

Year Title Notes
1998 The Jim Breuer Show Episode: "Pilot"
1998 White Chicks, Incorporated
2002 Comedian Documentary
2002 Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn
2004 Meet The Creeps Vol. 1
2004 Last Comic Standing Episode: "Las Vegas Finals: Part 2"
2004–11 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Episode: "Las Vegas Finals: Part 2"
2005 One Night Stand Episode: "Jim Norton"
2006 Al Franken: God Spoke Documentary
2006–09 Late Show with David Letterman 2 episodes
2007 Lucky Louie: A Week In The Life 1 episode
2007 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 1 episode
2007 Jim Norton: Monster Rain Stand-up special
2007–12 Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld
2008 The Gong Show with Dave Attell 2 episodes
2008 Down and Dirty with Jim Norton 4 episodes
2008 The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget
2009 Impaled: Painfully Blunt! Documentary
2009 The Tragic Side of Comedy TV Documentary
2009–13 Hannity
2009–14 Chelsea Lately 8 episodes
2010 Just for Laughs 1 episode
2011 That Metal Show 1 episode
2011 Looking for Lenny Documentary
2011 Dave's Old Porn Episode: "Jim Norton/Seka"
2011 Imagine Episode: "The Art of Stand-Up - Part Two"
2012 The Rock & Roll Roast of Zakk Wylde
2012 Jim Norton: Please Be Offended Stand-up special
2012 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 1 episode
2012 The Burn with Jeff Ross 1 episode
2012 Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings 1 episode
2013 Rock and Roll Roast of Dee Snider
2013 Four Courses with J.B. Smoove
2013 The Jeselnik Offensive 1 episode
2013 Insane Clown Posse Theater 1 episode
2013 Jim Norton: American Degenerate Stand-up special
2013–14 Kevin Pollak's Chat Show 2 episodes
2014 I Am Road Comic Documentary
2014 Comedy Underground with Dave Attell 1 episode
2014 The Jim Norton Show 4 episodes
2014 @midnight 1 episode
2015 Misery Loves Comedy Documentary
2015 Jim Norton: Contextually Inadequate Stand-up special

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Robb, Adam (February 26, 2011). "Stand-up comic Jim Norton, a Bayonne native, set to return to New Jersey for show at the Wellmont in Montclair", NJ.com; accessed February 10, 2014.
  2. ^ Calhoun, Ada (2004-04-05). "Did You Hear The One About The @&%#! Comic?". Nymag.com. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  3. ^ a b c d Grove, Lloyd (July 25, 2014). "Jim Norton and his many vices". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Calhoun, Ada. Did You Hear The One About The @&%#! Comic?:By sinking to new lows, comedy in Liza Minnelli Herself (8 episodes, 1985-2003) New York is rising., New York (magazine), April 5, 2004; accessed January 30, 2013. "On his website, Jim Norton has posted dozens of photos of himself with celebrities as varied as Ozzy Osbourne, LL Cool J, and Laura Bush. He has photos of himself growing up in North Brunswick, New Jersey, under the heading a photographic list of reasons i am obsessed with blowing my brains out."
  5. ^ a b c Troncone, Tom (January 30, 2005). "Opie 'n' Anthony sidekick is awfully entertaining". The Record. Bergen County, New Jersey. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ Petrillo, Nick (November 13, 2013). "Jim Norton: Transparent Degenerate". Paste. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
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  12. ^ "'VoyeurBus' performers to sue NYC over arrest". Retrieved December 1, 2007. 
  13. ^ Martinez, Jose (October 9, 2008). "Lawyer sues 'Opie and Anthony's' Jim Norton for x-rated jokes". Daily News.
  14. ^ Gregorian, Dareh (2009-08-28). "Fowl 'Opie' Lawsuit Settled | New York Post". Nypost.com. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  15. ^ Huff, Richard. "Jesse Ventura walks off 'Opie & Anthony' show after verbal mud fest with Jim Norton". December 3, 2009. NY Daily News. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  16. ^ "The Jim Norton Show". VICE. n.d. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ Osborne, Spencer (October 2, 2014). "Opie & Jim Norton Stay At Sirius XM". Sirius Buzz. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  18. ^ Coleman, Miriam (July 6, 2014). "'Opie & Anthony' Host Anthony Cumia Fired After Racist Twitter Tirade". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Amy Schumer Denies Joke Stealing Scandal : People.com". PEOPLE.com. 
  20. ^ https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/chip-chipperson-animation#/
  21. ^ "UFC and Dgital Media Launch 'UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton and Matt Serra'". UFC. May 31, 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  22. ^ "The Jay Leno Show Taps Comedians To Act As Correspondents". NBC.com. 2009-08-05. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  23. ^ Norton, Jim (2007). Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. ISBN 978-1-4169-5022-6.
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  25. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction – List – NY Times". New York Times. November 14, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  26. ^ Opie and Anthony show 03/27/2012
  27. ^ "Courting Condi - Sizzle Trailer from CourtingCondi". Funnyordie.com. 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 

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