Why Jim Norton pays no mind to those 'wounded' by comedy

For comedian Jim Norton, mining the taboo subjects for jokes is just part of the job.
For comedian Jim Norton, mining high profile sexual assault trials and American gun violence for jokes is just part of the job. (Epix)

Comedian Jim Norton isn't doesn't care about your hurt feelings. And if you take offence to his jokes, he thinks that's probably your own fault. 

"Being wounded is now a weapon in the social arena," says the equal opportunity offender, who thinks crying foul is a new form of social currency — and a cry for attention.

The shock jock, who jabs at everything from sexual assault to gun violence, joins guest host Candy Palmater to argue that the yoke of political correctness falls too heavily on comedians.

"The people being offended never feel they have any responsibility for misinterpreting what you're saying," he says. 

Being funny (while not always right) serves a higher purpose in his routine: "The gift of laughing is to take something that's not funny and help people see it in a way they can laugh."

Norton's Mouthful Of Shame tour comes through Toronto's Just for Laughs Festival later this week.


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