Jim Norton is best known for his work as part of the radio team behind The Opie and Anthony Show. He has been performing stand up for over 30 years and is a close friend of Louis CK, performing alongside him in several TV roles including a co-starring role in the show Lucky Louie.
The "normal guy" of comedy
Jim Norton is part of a dying breed of comedians who exhibit a personal confidence and self-awareness and don't identify or present with any major psychological pathology. One would think this down-to-earth approach would run the risk of making a show unexceptional. On the contrary, however, it allows Norton's sets to stand out among a modern landscape of increasingly oddball comedians.
Norton is known as much for his voice as his stand up act. As part of the radio show The Opie and Anthony Show, he has interviewed a variety of comedians and guests and poked fun at everything from the modern obsession with political correctness to the latest celebrity fads. Norton has also enjoyed several TV roles, including a role as Rich alongside his long time comedian friend Louis CK on the show Lucky Louie, and as a celebrity judge on The Gong Show with Dave Atell. He has also made a few brief forays into the world of Hollywood movies, with minor roles in Spiderman and Zack and Mira Make a Porno. However, by his own declaration, his first and dearest love is stand up comedy.
Jim Norton's legacy
Norton's stand up career covers several decades of comedy. Desiring to be a stand up comic since the age of 12, he was brought up listening to the comedy records his mother brought home. He performed for the first time at the age of 21 in 1990 and has been honing his craft ever since.
Along with consistent small and large venue gigging, Norton has also recorded an impressive number of live specials, many of which have garnered critical praise for Norton's no-nonsense approach to current events and controversial topics. In 2004 he was voted best comedian by Cringe Humor and he has also released two separate comedy albums, entitled Yellow Discipline and Trinkets I Own Made from Gorilla Hands.
Norton's onstage act has been described as cultural commentary. He is particularly passionate about the need to argue for a reasonable position in a world he sees as increasingly riddled with false outrage and political correctness. Jim Norton tickets are available from StubHub and are your best way to take in Norton's take on the events of the year while also getting your funny boned considerably tweaked along the way!