Comedian Jim Norton has a bit of a love-hate relationship with Atlantic City, especially when it comes to meeting women.
“I've met a couple of girls down there, but most of them are from Philly, and historically, I have done horrendous with Philadelphia women,” says Norton, who appears 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11, at the Music Box at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
“So my batting average is really poor for women in Atlantic City, but it's still one of my favorite places to work. I love the actual gigs.”
The veteran stand up's sex life — or lack thereof — figures heavily in his act. He's known for putting almost everything out there, as seen in a string of specials for Epix, including “American Degenerate,” “Please Be Offended” and his latest, “Contextually Inadequate.”
He also is a co-host of the “Opie with Jim Norton Show” on Sirius XM, starred in his own talk show on Vice.com and has published two best-selling books: “Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch” and “I Hate Your Guts.”
Norton talks about whether his act verges on TMI, how audiences are getting too sensitive and whether he's adjusted to his expanded role on Sirius XM.
Q: With your new special out on Epix, have you retired your previous set?
A: My act is totally different — it's a new hour of material. I tend to develop material pretty quickly after a special. I do it for about a year, then when I drop it, I'm happy to be moving on. There are a couple of things that didn't make it into the special that I may be doing, but people are seeing a different hour of material when they see me.
Q: Much of your act would be considered “Not Safe for Work.” How do decide what to share and what to hold back?
A: I won't name anybody else. I will destroy my own privacy, but I will not breach the privacy of another person. To me, that's a line that I refuse to cross — it's not proper to do that.
But as far as subject matter, I don't think there's any subject you can't make fun of.
Q: How do audiences react to your mostly adult material — are they getting more jaded?
A: No, they're much more sensitive now. I never want to shock the audience. I don't think they should be shocked by punchlines. They're there to see a comedy show, they know you're kidding and they pretend they're surprised by it?
Jerry Seinfeld was recently complaining about political correctness. Do you know what absolute douches audiences have become when the cleanest comic in history is saying they're too sensitive?
It's like going into an adult movie theater and being shocked by pornography.
Q: How does your radio gig feed into your act?
A: When you're talking on the radio every day, you're forming opinions about things. I wouldn't have thought that much about Caitlyn Jenner. But when you talk about it for a half-hour or an hour on air, you start going, ‘that's kind of funny’ or ‘I have a thought I can expand on stage.’ It's one of those things where you can keep your mind working and moving.
Q: It's been a year since Anthony Cumia was fired from the “Opie and Anthony Show” and your role expanded. What's it been like without Anthony on the show?
A: It's been harder. Neither one of us wanted Anthony fired. It's very frustrating that he was fired and I literally miss him every day he's not on the air. I knew (the decision) was beyond my control, so I'm very frustrated by it. I don't regret it, because I didn't do anything. But I miss Anthony every day, and that's the truth.