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New Jersey native Jim Norton is a nationally-touring comedian and best selling author who can be heard weekday mornings on the "Opie & Anthony" radio show. The show, which is listened to by millions of devoted fans each day, airs on Sirius/XM radio network. Jim is currently performing his unique stand-up to sold-out crowds across the country. His diverse audience is hoping to experience what Judi Brown of the Aspen Comedy Festival calls "brutally honest" comedy. Judi also described Jim as "refreshing in a business where a lot of people are phony." Jim's first book, "Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch" was published in July 2007. The New York Times bestseller is a collection of Jim's personal journal entries, raunchy sex stories, embarrassing star sightings, and pathetic childhood memories. Jim's second book, "I Hate Your Guts," also became a New York Times bestseller upon its release in November 2008. On television, Jim hosted HBO's "Down and Dirty with Jim Norton" and Comedy Central's "Comics Anonymous." Premiering in late September 2008, "Down and Dirty" showcased new stand-up comedians. Jim was most recently seen in Monster Rain, his one-hour HBO stand-up show. He also starred in HBO's "Lucky Louie" as well as being a regular panelist on Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" for two seasons. He has performed on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The Late Show with David Letterman," had a half-hour special on HBO's "One Night Stand," and has been featured on both "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Last Call with Carson Daly." Other memorable appearances include Jim's role as a dais member on The Roast of Bob Saget on Comedy Central and the roast of one of Jim's heroes, Gene Simmons, on A&E. Jim is currently a regular correspondent for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a regular on Fox News' "Red Eye." Jim's first inkling of becoming a comedian came at age 12 when he saw Richard Pryor's special "Richard Pryor: Live in Concert." He wound up in rehab at 17, dropped out of high school the next year, then started signing up for open-mic nights at local bars at 21. Often pegged as an "angry comic" because of his raunchy brand of humor, Jim argues the only labels in comedy that truly matter are "funny," "original," and "hack."
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