City Paper is not for tourists
“There is no subject I won’t make fun of (with the exception, of course, of girl farts),” comedian Jim Norton writes in his performer bio. “This has nothing to do with integrity, it’s because smelling them gives me an erection.” He’s not lying—not about his subject matter, anyway: Norton’s routines regularly include bits about rape, his penchant for picking up ladies of the evening who will administer “yellow discipline,” and the late Christopher Reeve’s muscle tone. If you’re still reading, your ticket to tonight’s performance is likely in hand already. Though some may question the rib-tickling potential of jokes about, say, child pornography, Norton’s standup is just as frequently about himself, particularly his odd physical appearance: He has “a chin the size of a hummingbird knuckle,” “a torso that resembles a scallop,” and “the type of breasts you read about in a Judy Blume novel.” At least nobody can accuse him of being unoriginal. And if not necessarily a household name yet, the Opie & Anthony and Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn regular has become one of comedy’s breakout stars, having landed two Leno spots in the past year. The inspired booking that led to his sharing the Tonight Show couch with Hilary Duff during his most recent appearance produced several moments of golden, if awkward, comedy—including the time when, after being told by Leno the actress was only 17, Norton—without missing a beat—replied, “Too old.” His routine itself was mild by the standards he’s established on the radio and in club but nonetheless killed—he even managed to squeeze in a transsexual-hooker bit, no small accomplishment on NBC. Jim Norton performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $25. (703) 237-0300.