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Comedy: Jim Norton

By P.F. Wilson · April 16th, 2012 · CityBeat Recommends
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Widely known as the third voice on the Opie and Anthony radio program on Sirius/XM satellite radio, Jim Norton never had a desire to be broadcaster. “I went up (to their studios) with Andrew Dice Clay when I was touring with him. Opie liked me and said I should come back, so I did. Slowly I became part of the show.” It’s turned out to be the perfect gig. “It’s been amazing,” he says. “It’s like a soap opera at times. People get involved in your life from hearing you on the radio, and you end up confessing a lot more than you normally would.” In addition to his Opie and Anthony duties, he still tours regularly doing stand-up. He finds the show and his act can influence each other. “On stage, no one wants to hear some idiot ramble for 10 minutes. When you’re doing stand-up, you have to get to the point quickly.” Both, of course, offer him plenty of artistic freedom, a luxury he didn’t enjoy when Opie and Anthony was on terrestrial radio.

“There’s so much you can’t talk about on regular radio,” he says. “You can’t talk about race or anything that might be offensive. It’s nice to have the freedom of satellite radio.” Through Saturday. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $22. Funny Bone, Newport. 859-957-2000, funnyboneonthelevee.com.



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