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Friend of Belladonna, comic Jim Norton returning to Utah this weekend

Published May 6, 2013 4:32 pm

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The 44-year-old comic Jim Norton is known for his long-running stint on radio show "The Opie & Anthony Show" as well as being a frequent guest of his friend Jay Leno's late-night shows and the best-selling author of Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch and I Hate Your Guts.

In a phone interview, Norton — who is an R-rated stand-up — talked about how Leno gets a bad rap and how another friend Louis C.K. is finally seeing success, especially in light of Louis C.K. recently appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone. "Leno has been very supportive," Norton said. "He went out of his way to make me feel comfortable."

As for Louis C.K., "When you see [his success], you have to be happy. He's not a douche."

The week that he talked to The Tribune, he was obsessing over the recent Boston Maraton bombings, with much of his ire directed at the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whom Norton described as a bumbling criminal. "He couldn't even kill himself," Norton said of the failings of Tsarnaev. "He is 19, and he won't ever have sex again."

This is Norton's return to Utah, and he remembered that his Utahn porn-star friend, Belladonna, told him he would love Utah, and he agreed once he visited.

When • Friday, May 10, at 7 and 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, at 7 and 9:30 p.m.Where • WiseGuys, 2194 W. 3500 South, Salt Lake CityTickets • $20 at wiseguyscomedy.com