Aside from Doug Stanhope, there’s no living comedian that’s more painfully honest than Jim Norton. To say Norton is an open book is an understatement. He frequently discusses his sex addiction, his numerous encounters with prostitutes, etc. without batting an eye. And doesn’t care what you think … at all. In fact, one of his stand-up specials was called “Please Be Offended” and one of his books was titled “I Hate Your Guts.” Many people are put-off by Norton’s willingness to delve into the darkest parts of his life so openly, but I find him extremely funny and refreshing. I don’t always agree with him politically, but I appreciate his honesty and his disdain for anyone who isn’t equally as forthright about their dark side. In a world where pious and sanctimonious bulls–t is increasingly praised, we need more artists like Norton.
Having said all this, my favorite part of Norton’s comedy is his pathetic, creepy, deluded, and brain-damaged alter-ego Chip Chipperson. Chipperson is a masterpiece of anti-comedy, the equal of anything Andy Kaufman or Sacha Baron Cohen has ever done, if not any character Phil Hendrie has conceived. But many people, including some Norton fans, HATE Chip. And I can’t blame them. Seriously, Chip is THAT f–king annoying and repulsive. But to appreciate Chip is to love him. Jennifer Carmody interviewed Chip for her podcast and for Chip fans, this is pure, undiluted Chip at his finest … or worst … I realize it’s hard to tell the difference.
If you’re even remotely sensitive, please don’t listen to this. The language is beyond not safe for work. The first 2/3 of this are gold. However, in the last 1/3, Norton goes into some of his other disturbing alter-egos and while funny, is uneven and isn’t quite as good as the first 2/3. But if you’re a fan of anti-comedy, strap in.