Jim Norton

Active - 2002 - Present  |   Born - Jul 19, 1968 in Bayonne, New Jersey, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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Standup comedian Jim Norton has found many avenues to showcase his brutally honest sense of humor outside the comedy club, making regular appearances on the Tonight Show as well as syndicated radio show Opie and Anthony. Norton decided to become a Standup comedian when he was just 12 years old, after hearing Richard Pryor's Live in Concert and becoming instantly inspired. After working the standup circuit for a number of years, Norton moved up the ladder of notoriety from the radio gig to regular appearances on various Comedy Central shows to, eventually, his own HBO special as part of the series One Night Stand. This soon led to Norton landing a regular series role with the cable network, playing Rich on the irreverent sitcom Lucky Louie (headlined by fellow comic Louis C.K.). Though the show only ran for a single season, the comedian continued to find his way into the spotlight, performing live to an increasingly large fan base, appearing in movies like Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and publishing a humorous memoir entitled Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch.

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  • Was inspired to become a comedian at 12 after watching a tape of Richard Pryor: Live in Concert.
  • Did a stint in rehab at 17.
  • Once worked as a forklift operator.
  • Was selected as one of the 20 finalists in the second season (2004) of Last Comic Standing but bowed out because of a scheduling conflict.
  • Released his first book, Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch, in 2007.
  • Was one of four man-in-the-street interviewers hired for the prime-time Jay Leno Show in 2009.
  • In 2011, founded the Anti-Social Network concert tour with Bill Burr, Dave Attell and Jim Breuer.