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Jim Norton: “Please Be Offended” (2013) CD Review
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Whenever a comedian indicates

that people will be offended by his or her material, my hopes get high. Maybe

that indicates that I’m a mess, I don’t know. I know only that I love when comedians

cross the line. I love when comedians are fearless - as long as they’re funny,

of course. Most comedians are not offensive, even when they warn you that they

will be. Jim Norton is delightfully straddling the line in his new comedy

album, Please Be Offended.








The show was recorded in

Cleveland, and at the beginning he jokes, “I

wanted to shoot this in Cleveland because I really wanted to do this show and

then be murdered on the way back to the hotel
.” The first big laugh for me

comes when he mentions that on a flight Al Sharpton was seated in front of

him. Jim Norton says, “And it was so

weird to root for my own flight to crash
.”








Regarding being

offensive, he has material on how people are so afraid of offending anyone,

that the whole idea of being politically correct is taken to ridiculous and

stupid extremes. For example, he mentions a description of a suspect which

lacks the man's skin color but includes the color of his sweatshirt. “Why would you mention the thing he can

change, but not the race, which he can’t? What, do you think he’s going to

leave the sweatshirt on until the manhunt is over? All his friends are telling

him, ‘You might want to take that sweatshirt off.’ ‘No, no, I commit all the

rapes in this. This is my lucky sweatshirt.’
” I love all of his stuff on

racism. And I love that he asks, “When

did we become such easily offended whiny fucking babies?
” That's a very good question.








A good deal of his comedy centers on the idea of the value we place on privacy. I don't necessarily agree with his stance on airport security and

profiling, but it’s definitely

funny. And I love this: “I’ll be interested in hearing people talk

about privacy when there’s an accident in the southbound lane, and the

northbound lane maintains sixty-five miles an hour. Then I will believe people

when they say they value privacy
." He also has material on the

so-called “reality shows” in relation to our sense of privacy. I’ve never seen

any of those shows, but I was still laughing.











His material on Mel

Gibson is great. “Mel Gibson is

hilarious. Everything he said belongs on a hat or a coffee mug
.”








His bit near the end

about his ex-girlfriend is fantastic, and brought me back to one of the most

horrible relationships of my life. I try not to think about that one too much,

but I didn’t mind this time because the material is so damn funny. “Did you ever end a relationship because if

you don’t, the police and court system will?
” Yes. The answer is yes.








By the way, he

mentions the Westboro Baptist Church.  Everyone should know that organization

is just a scam, a way of making money. They want you to hit them, so they can

sue you. So don’t hit them, no matter how much they deserve it (and they

definitely deserve it).








And remember: “Vote for me – I fucked a rhino for

forty-five minutes
.”








Please Be Offended was released on August 20, 2013 through New

Wave Dynamics.






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