Stand-up comedian and satellite radio co-host of the “Opie with Jim Norton” show has recently announced a run of standup shows at Levity Live in West Nyack. He’ll be appearing on Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 17 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. and Saturday, October 18 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
The New York City-based comedian and radio personality recently premiered “The Jim Norton Show,” a new late night talk show on VICE.COM, on July 23. The mini-series brings together Vice and Norton’s own irreverent and unconventional styles to the popular late night talk show format. Episodes incorporate stand-up bits, guest comedians and in-depth uncut interviews all shot before a live audience. Norton explores and debates a sprawling range of topics, spanning personal to newsworthy issues, with guests including Mike Tyson, Dana White, and Freeway Rick Ross, one of America’s most notorious former drug dealers turned anti-drug evangelist.
“I wanted to do a talk show that reminded me of the old school ones I loved as a kid, without all the fake enthusiasm and sound bite-driven conversations. I also wanted to do a monologue that represented my stand up sensibilities and not have to worry about it being ‘family friendly.’ Because I’m not family friendly,” says Norton.
“VICE didn’t censor any language or ideas at all, they were amazing creatively; I got to do exactly the show I wanted to do. Which also sucks, because if it fails, it’s completely my fault.” Vice’s Chief Creative Office Eddy Moretti adds, “Jim Norton is a truly wicked stand-up comedian. His live appearances are hilariously visceral experiences, sort of like being skinned alive on ecstasy. When he came to VICE to do a talk show I said ‘Why the hell not. This I’ve got to see.’ And having seen it I can now tell you, ‘This you’ve got to see.”
It has been an interesting time for Norton since the firing of Anthony Cumia of “Opie and Anthony” for allegedly insensitive racial remarks in July. The show continues as “Opie with Jim Norton.”