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Comedian Jim Norton poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore, New York - Photo and Video by Chris Kozloff
During our chat Mr. Norton expressed his ambition of becoming a comedian at the age of twelve after viewing Richard Pryor's special "Richard Pryor: Live in Concert." "Oh, that's what you do with being funny, I saw him talking with the audience and that kind of made me want to do it," revealed Norton.
He also revealed another influence Comedian Don Rickles. "He was the only guy that brutalized Sinatra, nobody had the balls to make fun of Sinatra," confessed Norton.
New Jersey native Jim Norton is famous for his unique candor and outspoken humor. Mr. Norton is currently touring the country performing comedy in front of sold-out crowds both individually and as part of his new venture, The Anti Social Network. He is a New York Times best-selling author, radio personality, and television host. Each day Jim is listened to by millions of devoted fans on the Opie & Anthony Radio Show for Sirius/XM Radio which began over a decade ago in 1999. Jim is a recurring guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and frequents the late night talk show circuit as well with credits including The Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live E!’s Chelsea Lately, Fox Red Eye, Hannity, Joy Behar, and others. In January of 2011, Jim Norton founded the Anti-Social Network concert tour with Bill Burr, Dave Attell and Jim Breuer. In March, 2011, He released a new CD called Despicable, which has debuted at #2 on the Billboard comedycharts. 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 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’sTough Crowd with Colin Quinn. In addition to radio, books, TV and touring, Jim has three stand-up comedy CD’s: 2002’s Yellow Discipline, 2003’s Trinkets I Own Made From Gorilla Hands and 2011’s Despicable. He was featured in Jerry Seinfeld’s 2002 documentary, Comedian, as well as a participant in The Roast of Bob Saget. 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.
This January Jim Norton will be touring the country with Anti Social Comedy. On Sunday, January 16th, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in conjunction with Jim Norton will present four headliners into one amazing hilarious show entitled The Anti-Social Network. This one night only performance will feature Dave Attell, Jim Breuer, Bill Burr and will be hosted by Comedian Jim Norton. Four of the nation's best comedians who will take the stage together for the first time in an exclusive engagement at Borgata's 3,000-seat Event Center. This is the first time fans will be able to enjoy these four amazing headlining comedians for one ticket price. "Dave, Jim and Bill are three of the funniest comics on the planet. This is definitely the best show I've ever been a part of" said Jim.
The Brokerage Comedy club in Bellmore opened its doors in 1980 and for the past three decades many of the nation's greatest comedians have stepped onto their stage entertaining audiences including Eddie Murphy, Ray Romano, Kevin James, Rob Bartlett, and Tim Allen.
For more information about new talent and entertainment please visit www.brokeragecomedy.com.
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