"Inspiration is better than being outside of spiration"
Jim Norton was born in Bayonne, New Jersey. His mother was a librarian and his father was in the military and worked as a postal worker. Norton grew up in North Brunswick and is of Irish descent.
Norton dropped out of high school in his senior year. After a suicide attempt he entered rehab at age 17. A couple of years later he attended Middlesex County College, and a year later he obtained his GED, after being sober for around three years
Norton became a regular guest on Opie & Anthony on WNEW in late 2000 after several guest appearances by himself and along with Andrew Dice Clay. In 2000, Norton was arrested with Lewis Black and show producer Rick Delgado in connection with a stunt named "Voyeur Bus" involving a transparent bus full of topless women driving through Manhattan streets. Radio station management did not inform the O&A show that the bus' route was also the route that President Clinton was taking that same day
For two years, Norton was a regular on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and he was selected to be among the final twenty contestants for the second season of Last Comic Standing, but had to back out due to contractual obligations.
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 Vos's wedding. Norton was the headline comedian for some dates of Traveling Virus comedy tour. He returned to the 2007 tour as well.
Norton's 2012 special, Please Be Offended on Epix, earned him rave reviews. This was succeeded by the 2013 special American Degenerate.
The Official Jim Norton Webpage
2014 Tour Dates:
Dec 21 MT. KISCO, NY - THE COMEDY DEN
Dec 27 LAS VEGAS - HARD ROCK CASINO
Dec 29 LAS VEGAS - HARD ROCK CASINO
Dec 31 SAN DIEGO - AMERICAN COMEDY CLUB
Jan 9 RALEIGH, NC - GOODNIGHTS COMEDY CLUB
Jan 10 RALEIGH, NC - GOODNIGHTS COMEDY CLUB
Jan 11 RALEIGH, NC - GOODNIGHTS COMEDY CLUB
Jan 23 ATLANTA, GA - PUNCHLINE
Jan 24 ATLANTA, GA - PUNCHLINE
Jan 25 ATLANTA, GA - PUNCHLINE
Feb 14 ATLANTIC CITY - BORGATA CASINO
Feb 15 ATLANTIC CITY - BORGATA CASINO