He has appeared on “Louie,” “The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget” and “Inside Amy Schumer” and later this week, outspoken comedian Jim Norton will star in his own comedy talk show. “The Jim Norton Show” premieres on VICE.com on Wednesday, July 23 and promises to give an unpredictable alternative to the standard late-night talk shows that air on traditional network television.
Norton's new mini-series will combine his hilarious, unapologetic style of stand-up comedy with elements of debate and celebrity interviews. UFC President Dana White, drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross and boxer turned Broadway star Mike Tyson are all scheduled to appear on the series, which will be filmed in front of a live audience.
“I wanted to do a talk show that reminded me of the old school ones I loved as a kid, without all the fake enthusiasm and sound bite-driven conversations. I also wanted to do a monologue that represented my stand up sensibilities and not have to worry about it being ‘family friendly.’ Because I’m not family friendly,” Norton said. “VICE didn’t censor any language or ideas at all, they were amazing creatively; I got to do exactly the show I wanted to do. Which also sucks, because if it fails, it’s completely my fault.”
VICE has become known for its unfiltered, cutting-edge content which covers everything from emerging musicians on its channel Noisey, to the ins and outs of MMA with “Fightland.” In 2013, VICE teamed-up with the cable network HBO to produce “VICE,” a newsmagazine series that examines groundbreaking stories from around the world that are traditionally buried by mainstream media.
In a recent radio interview with Kevin and Bean on KROQ, Norton explained that he enjoys the conversational interview styles of legendary talk show hosts like Dick Cavett and Mike Douglas, rather than the pre-approved style of today. He further elaborated that he spent over an hour talking with Mike Tyson and Dana White for the interview which will appear in the premiere episode of “The Jim Norton Show.” “Anything you want to discuss is on the table with Tyson and that's the beauty of this. There wasn't one thing that they didn't want us to ask about. We just had a conversation. It was so nice to not have to go, 'oh stay away from this.'”
“The Jim Norton Show” debuts on VICE.com on Wednesday, July 23. Click here to head over to the Jim Norton page on AXS.