When comedian Jim Norton last performed in Arizona, getting here was a scene straight out of Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
“My last memory of Arizona. Let’s see,” Norton says, building up to his story. “My flight was canceled because of rain. I had to fly to L.A. instead and take a six-hour drive. I almost crashed in the desert. I must have good memories because I was willing to die for the show.”
He hopes to have a better experience when he performs at Talking Stick Resort on Friday, October 6.
“My shows are normally a great update on what’s going on in the world,” says Norton, who recently released Mouthful of Shame to Netflix. “I talk about my sexual life, my relationships. I try to keep my stand-up really honest. I started seeing a girl recently. So, I talk about that. I talk about my travels, the president and what’s been going on with that. I try to be fair with my opinions.”
It isn’t Trump’s politics that he confronts.
“I don’t care about that,” says Norton, who can be heard on The Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show on SiriusXM. “I only talk about the things that interest me. It’s not Trump’s politics. I want to talk about how people react to his policies. I go after the phoniness of the public more than the politician.”
Norton always knew he wanted to be a comedian. As a child, he wrote humorous stories to entertain his family and friends—and to attract girls.
“The only way to get girls to notice was by making kids laugh,” he says. “The first quality I’ve ever associated with myself was being funny. It’s still the most dominant feeling I see in myself.”
He says he feels he’s successful because he’s willing to do the work. Norton is patient and was never greedy for the money.
“Plus, I care about the results,” he says. “I think people can sense it.”
Jim Norton, Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m. Friday, October 6, $45-$90.