EPIX launches monthly “Comedy Unbound” series; starts with Jim Norton

EPIX announced today it’d showcase comedy each month with a new motto, “EPIX Comedy Unbound,” which kicks off Saturday night with the debut of Jim Norton’s latest special, “Jim Norton: Please Be Offended.”

Future specials will air on the last weekend of the month. Upcoming later in 2012:

An All-Star Comedy Roundtable presented by Ben Stiller with Jim Carrey and Chris Rock, moderated by Bill Hader (recorded live June 22 at the Nantucket Film Festival by Stiller’s Red Hour Films)

Best of Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball Held at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall in March, with performances from Fred Armisen, Russell Brand, Hannibal Buress, David Cross, Bill Hader, Rashida Jones, Seth Meyers, Bob Odenkirk, John Oliver, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig and more.

Jim Jefferies: Fully Functional

Sherri Shepherd: It’s My Time To Talk

Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under: EPIX films the adventures of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (a.k.a. Jay) in their travels to Australia for a new special.

Lewis Black: The articulate, angry voice in America is coming back to EPIX with some of his friends: Kathleen Madigan, John Bowman, Jeff Stilson and other special guests. Performing this summer in Chicago just before the presidential conventions.

Eddie Griffin

“Since the launch of the network, we have had great success with our original comedy specials with strong response and demand from our viewers across all platforms,” said Mark Greenberg, CEO and President, EPIX. “We are deepening our commitment to comedy by featuring the best of today’s stand-up comedians in our showcase and giving them free reign to push the envelope and bring our viewers uncensored comedy the way it was meant to be seen.”

“My experience with EPIX has been unlike any other network. I’ve worked closely with the EPIX team throughout the entire process, including promotion, which is an incredibly rare luxury for a performer,” said Jim Norton. Norton’s 2012 special is called “Please Be Offended.” Accordingly, here is an NSFW clip from it, in which Norton describes what he feels should be the new rules for animal love. Or people loving animals. Beastiality, people! Roll the clip.

Sean L. McCarthy

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