Most cringe comics who use shock and awe to draw a laugh out of their audience don't always turn their verbal weapons on themselves. Renowned comic Jim Norton completely ignores that rule. Any fan of the Ope & Anthony Show (now with less Anthony) can tell you that no area of his personal life is off-limits and the true beauty of his work is how deep and penetrating he can be when it comes to taking down his targets. His humor is meant to shock but he never shies away from a topic or his opinion on it just because it's not worthy of a laugh. Nothing is off-limits and the audience has everything to gain from his insightful eye for everything that's wrong with the world. See the two-time best selling author and host of VICE's "Jim Norton Show" live at the Addison Improv (4980 Belt Line Rd.) at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, or another time throughout the weekend. Tickets are $22-32; available at standup-media.com.
Thu., Aug. 21, 8 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 22, 8 p.m., 2014