Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilchby Jim Norton Published 10 Jul 2007
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Norton, stand-up comedian and third microphone on the immensely popular Opie & Anthony radio show, delivers his raunchy yet hilarious brand of humor, in this controversial collection of honest but dirty stories about his life.
"Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch" Reviews
Ah gosh, I really must love me them comedic autobios! Why, otherwise, would I think this as great as it really surely isn't, or cannot possibly be.
It's all a mad repetition of bowel movement tableaux, sexual misadventures, a pathetic almost-marginal existence around the rich and famous and talented. But it is so lewd, so irksomely disgusting, as to almost rival early John Waterstype genius. It may almost be art: it's a concentrated repetitive, misogynistic, rude nugget of, well, excrement.
If you aren't into potty-humor, why would you read a book that's subtitled "The Tales of Meaty-Breasted Zilch"??
I tried reading this book in public a few times, but it was pretty humiliating to be laughing/crying in front of people. Jimmy rules!
Lil' Jimmy Norton, stand-up comic and official member of SiriusXM's "The Opie and Anthony Show," is a very funny man. He is also a total pervert. A tasteless, self-loathing person with some of the most offensive comedic material imaginable.
Of course, this makes for an entertaining read. Very funny and outrageous essays about Jim's life and self-hatred mixed with rather forced chapters outlining potential TV shows (with a filthy elbow in the ribs, huddla huddla) don't mesh together particularly well - but there are plenty of laughs to keep everything going.
There's no real kind of connecting thread or narrative, it's just a collection of blog-like essays. There are several chapters of him assessing his poetry, letter writing, and storytelling skills from his embarrassing past that are hysterical.
After a while, though, the whole thing turns repetitive. You laugh the first few times you read his disarmingly candid jokes about his sex life with prostitutes/himself, but the constant barrage of shock dulls after about 50 pages. There's a difference in shock humor from a stand-up/radio show perspective and a book you're devoting time to.
His follow-up book, "I Hate Your Guts," is similar and just as funny if you're into Norton's particular brand of filth. I love it all, I think Norton is one of the funniest comics around, I just think he may be better suited to speaking the material than writing it down.
Recommended for O&A fans, Lil' Jimmy Norton fans, and any fan of stand-up comedy that is prepared for pure debauchery.
I had no idea who Jim Norton was before I picked this up. I don't think I'd like to spend any time with him after reading this. Each chapter is an anecdote where Jim ends up verbally abusing someone, paying someone to have sex with him, or bemoaning how repugnant he is. Sometimes with a combination of these three things. I did laugh a couple of times. Usually because whatever I just read was so patently offensive that I had to step back for a second. Here's a sample paragraph:
"I never quite understood pedophilia; I hate being around kids, I can't comprehend wanting to fuck one of those little monsters. First of all, their hands are always sticky. And even worse than fucking them is that afterward, you have to be nice so they don't rat you out to the whole goddamn neighborhood. "I know, you little shit, I know...ice cream for breakfast again." Sounds like too much work to me. If you like smooth and hairless so much, why not just fuck Asians or cancer patients?"
The humor is gross but i didn't mind it. Actually scratch that, i had to pause this during several meals. After a while, just because something about scat and golden showers is mentioned it doesn't make automatically laugh but i guess it builds his persona for the rest of the book. How many times can you mention protecting your floors from feces with plastic bags in 5 hours?
I didn't like whenever he reads something from the past, whenever the source of laughs was he bashing his past self.
I had some laughs during the traffic bit.
Found informative the Brazilian whorehouse bit and the other part on how to efficiently get prostitutes to your hotel.
I am a fan of Jim Norton's as a comedian but this book definitely leaves something to be desired. I definitely had a few laughs, mainly towards the beginning, but after the first 30 pages or so it just felt like filth for the sake of filth. He's overcome adversity in his life being a former alcoholic but it is only mentioned a couple of times, not really talked about at all. When I read a book written by someone like Norton I would expect it to delve a little deeper into his soul. To me this just felt like the same joke repeated over and over for 200 pages.