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New Jersey native Jim Norton is best known for his unique point of view and outspoken humor.
He is a New York Times best-selling author, radio personality and television host. Jim is a part of the successful Opie & Anthony Radio Show on Sirius/XM Radio, which has millions of devoted fans waking up to them every morning. When Jim is not on the air, he’s a regular correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, reporting from such places as the Kentucky Derby, the Espy’s, Fashion Week and the Grammys, as well as other interesting locations across the country. Jim is also a frequent contributor to the late night talk show circuit with credits including The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live,Fox Red Eye, Hannity, Joy Behar, and others. Jim’s new comedy special entitled “Please Be Offended” airs on EPIX in Summer 2012.
Jim’s first book, HAPPY ENDINGS: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch was published in July 2007. It spent several weeks on the bestseller list. This New York Times best-seller is a collection of Jim’s personal journal entries, raunchy sex stories, embarrassing star sightings, and pathetic childhood memories. Jim’s second book, I Hate Your Guts, also became a New York Times best-seller upon its release in November 2008.
Jim has hosted HBO’s Down and Dirty with Jim Norton as well as had a one-hour HBO stand-up show entitled Monster Rain and a half-hour special on HBO’s One Night Stand. He also starred in HBO’s Lucky Louie with Louis C.K., as well as in Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and appeared on HBO’s Bored to Death and FX’s Louie. He has also participated in roasts of Bob Saget, Gene Simmons, Zakk Wylde and Pat Cooper. In addition, Jim has been seen in Spider-Man, Zack & Miri Make a Porno and Cop Out.
In addition to radio, books, TV and touring, Jim has three stand-up comedy CD’s: Yellow Discipline, Trinkets I Own Made From Gorilla Hands and his most recent release entitled Despicable, which in 2011 debuted at #2 on the Billboard comedy charts.
Jim’s first insight and inspiration for becoming a comedian came at age 12 when he saw Richard Pryor’s special Richard Pryor: Live in Concert. He wound up in rehab at 17, dropped out of high school the next year, then started signing up for open-mic nights at local bars at 21. Often pegged as an ‘angry comic’ because of his raunchy brand of humor, Jim argues the only labels in comedy that truly matter are ‘funny,’ ‘original,’ and ‘hack.’
He is currently living in New York City.
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