VICE announced today that it’ll debut its newest talk show online, as The Jim Norton Show will air on VICE.com starting next Wednesday — July 23, 2014 — hosted by stand-up comedian and radio personality Jim Norton.
Norton filmed this limited-edition webseries of a talk show earlier this summer in New York City, with stand-up comedy, guest comedians and in-depth uncensored interviews with the likes of Mike Tyson, Dana White and Freeway Rick Ross.
“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.”
The webseries debuts a day before Norton gives the keynote address at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival.
It’s also coming just a couple of weeks after SiriusXM fired Anthony Cumia — the Anthony of Opie & Anthony, of which Norton served as third mic for over a decade. The Opie & Jimmy Show is heading up to Montreal, too. And coincidentally or not, Cumia announced his next project today: A solo online talk show, broadcast from his home on Long Island and airing exclusively on his website.
But back to Norton.
Eddy Moretti, VICE’s Chief Creative Officer, said: “Jim Norton is a truly wicked stand-up comedian. His live appearances are hilariously visceral experiences, sort of like being skinned alive on ecstasy. When he came to VICE to do a talk show I said “Why the hell not. This I’ve got to see.” And having seen it I can now tell you, “This you’ve got to see.”
Here’s a second teaser video featuring Gilbert Gottfried. NSFW!
Norton’s most recent stand-up special, American Degenerate, is available for video streaming and downloads on his website. A CD also is forthcoming Aug. 12, 2014, via EatABullet Inc under license to BSeenMedia.