As a comic who is often on tour, Jim Norton has come across some very weird things.
"A guy showed up with a tattoo of my face on his arm. Actually that's the second strangest thing. The strangest thing was when I signed a guy's ass cheek and got my autograph tattooed on his ass," he recalled during a recent interview.
The funny guy who is a frequent guest on the "Opie & Anthony Show" on Sirus XM Radio (host Anthony Cumia was fired last week for posting racially charged tweets) performs this weekend at the Palm Beach Improv.
What is the most rewarding part about being a comic?
I love making people laugh. But the most rewarding part is that people listen to what I say and pay attention to me. That's all any performer wants -- attention. And I've slept with girls who wouldn't have looked at me if I still worked in a warehouse
What would you like to accomplish before the year is over?
I have a new, uncensored talk show coming out on VICE.compremiering July 15. My guests on the first show are Mike Tyson and UFC [Ultimate Fighting Championship] president Dana White. I think the show is really funny and I want it to do well. That is my main goal for this year.
What is it like working with Opie and Anthony?
I love those guys so much and doing the radio show is the most fun I've had in my career. Anthony [Cumia] just got fired, which is obviously heartbreaking, so I'm not sure what the future of the radio show will be. Opie [Gregg Hughes] is making a statement this week.
The radio show has gotten some pretty controversial things written about it. Do you think the media overplays it?
Yes, the media always overplays stuff. Not just with our radio show, but with everything in general. They have become very tabloid-driven over the years and it's unfortunate.
They call Hollywood, Florida, "Hollyweird." Why do you think crazy stuff happens in Florida?
For the same reason Los Angeles is a cesspool of weirdos; most people don't grow up there, they wind up there. See you have all kinds of different cultural backgrounds and experiences thrown together in a small area. And plus it's hot. The heat brings out weird qualities in people.
What's your biggest regret?
That I didn't get plastic surgery.
And what are you most thankful for?
The fact that plastic surgery is still an option.
Jim Norton performs Thursday-Saturday at the Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. Tickets $22. Go to PalmBeachImprov.com.