What up, humans? Jena here. I have a review of sorts for you from my author website blog. I did a binge watch of stand-up comedy specials by Jim Norton a while back. This post is my overall thoughts after watching them. 🙂 Happy reading!
Originally Posted 9-29-2015:
<– To be clear, this is 100% true. Especially today because I’m sick, and yours truly is the WORST patient in existence when ill.
Good afternoon! This post was supposed to go live about a week ago, but my life got crazy, and then I contracted what can only be described as the plague. Today, however, is a new day, and I’m sitting here making friends with my coffee.
Today we’re talking about Jim Norton. Can I just tell you how much I ADORE this man?!?! I somehow just found out about him. How the hell is that possible?!?!?! I only ask because by the time I found him, everyone was all ‘Um, yeah, where the ‘EFF have you been?!?!?!” Anyway….
I was watching an episode of Inside Amy Schumer (huge fan of hers, too), and she was sitting with him at a bar and asked him about his affinity for “golden showers,” and I proceeded to spit my drink…..EVERYWHERE. The conversation was hilarious, but candid, and I was hit with a stark realization: he’s not kidding. I busted out the Google Fu to find out about this Jim Norton guy who has no trouble admitting on national TV that he likes to be pissed on. I found out he has a bunch of comedy specials available on Amazon and DirecTV. I watched the four that were available (Please Be Offended, Monster Rain, American Degenerate, and Contextually Inadequate) and haven’t shut up about him since.
I want to warn you all before you hold me responsible – Jim Norton’s comedy is not for everyone. You have to be….umm…..open-minded. Like, really open-minded. Lol And you need to have a seriously twisted sense of humor. I’ve watched his specials with a few different people now, and there are moments when I’m laughing so hard I’m snorting and everyone else in the room is sitting in an uncomfortable silence.
You bitches really think I didn’t notice???
He talks about everything from Bill Cosby’s rapey ways to his own many misadventures with prostitutes and scoring happy endings at massage parlors. This is a man who has no shame in his life choices and I think that’s what I love about him most. In fact, he even mentions it in one of his specials as he’s discussing how to tell if you can turn your regular massage into a happy ending. He says something to the effect of “How great is it that I can stand up here and talk about this stuff and no one cares?” That’s not an exact quote, but you get the idea. There are no apologies for the content, and Norton seems to live by a credo I’ve been preaching for a long time: if you’re closet door is wide open, there is nowhere for skeletons to hide.
I admire (and admittedly am a little jealous of) the freedom Norton seems to have on stage. I think you would have to be secure with yourself and comfortable in your own skin to be that open with strangers every day.
Readers, if you’re interested in checking out Jim Norton’s comedy, you can see him in a number of specials, all available on Amazon. I’ve put the ones that I’ve watched below. Click on a DVD cover to be taken to the Amazon listing (please note: these are NOT affiliate links).
You can also catch Jim Norton on two different episodes of the Nerdist podcast. But, do yourself a favor. Listen to the podcasts after you watch his comedy specials. You will be FLOORED that it’s the same guy. He completely destroys all preconceived notions of what he should be like in person when he sits down to talk with the Nerdist boys. As with all Nerdist podcasts, the episodes are free to listen to via the links I’ve provided below, or you can get them on the iTunes store, also for free.