Jim Norton grew up in suburban New Jersey and has known he wanted to be a comic since he was 12, when he idolized Richard Pryor.
Jim is a daily fixture on the Opie and Anthony Show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Norton credits a good deal of his success to the radio hosts and has pointed them out in the crowd during both of his HBO specials.
In 2006, he helped coordinate the “Opie and Anthony’s Traveling Virus Comedy Tour” bringing together comics such as Bill Burr, Rich Vos and Bob Saget. Norton headlined several of the dates.
In 2007, Norton published his first book entitled “Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch.” The book rose to #4 of the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestseller List, above former Vice President Al Gore’s book, much to Jim Norton’s amusement. The foreword was written by fellow comic Colin Quinn.
In 2008, he released his second book, “I Hate Your Guts”, which hit #11 on the list.
Later that year, Norton created his first one-hour special for HBO entitled “Monster Rain.” The title for the special comes from a game he would play as a pre-pubescent boy with his friend where they would yell “Monster Rain” and then hide under a porch and trade blowjobs with each other.
He has since recorded a one-hour special for EPIX entitled “Please Be Offended”, which was released in June of 2012. His newest stand up special, “American Degenerate”, airs August 23 of this year on EPIX.