Known and (in certain circles) revered for his unapologetic cringe style, Jim Norton has staked out a niche in explicit but deceptively thoughtful comedy. His latest special, American Degenerate, is his second with premium channel Epix, following 2012's Please Be Offended. The Comedy Cellar regular also co-hosts the daily Sirius XM talk radio show The Opie & Anthony Show and is a best-selling author. I got the chance to talk to him recently about not being self-rightous, his supportive fans, and getting away with edgy jokes on The Tonight Show.
Is it different working with a company like Epix, that's newer to comedy specials, than someplace like HBO [...]
Oh jeezus. As reported on the Opie & Anthony show this morning, comic Patrice O'Neal suffered a stroke last Wednesday; not much information is currently available about his condition. Jim Norton asked other O&A regulars Colin Quinn, Robert Kelly, Rich Vos and Keith Robinson to join him on the show to make the announcement, explaining, "We wanted it to come from us. We don’t know how he is. We don’t know how he’s going to be. I didn’t want to do this by myself. I wish we had more news for you.” Said Rich Vos, “It’s hard to talk about it. He’s such a good friend. It’s too [...]