Jim Norton Quote On Comedy & Art

I found this quote from Norton a little while ago and I think it’s definitely an interesting thought. On one hand I agree, but on the other hand I don’t want to be whiny and all, “COMEDY IS AN ART TAKE IT SERIOUSLY!!!” Because you can’t take it too seriously. It’s comedy!

“Why is comedy the only form of the arts where people think they have to agree with or approve the content? You don’t walk through a museum with a towel and throw it over paintings you don’t like.”

This quote is from Jim Norton’s special American Degenerate. Jim Norton is great because he’s one of the main voices on this subject. He’s also one of the only more political comics who I find really funny.

2 thoughts on “Jim Norton Quote On Comedy & Art

  1. Woah.
    This man has never been a singer.
    After years of people telling me I should use a trombone on a particular piece, and they would do the job, or another choir has a dancing monkey, or a newspaper review about the fact that it was sad the audience had to get clear to the end to find a piece they could sing along with (what, am I- conducting a sound of music sing along?) I realized the truth:
    they like me.
    and want to be part of it.
    goes with the territory.
    (and reserve the right to tell them to pipe down if it really gets bad)
    (One woman’s opinion)

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    1. Oh yeah, I feel that. But, first: I think the quote is more specifically responding to P.C. issues and his argument would be something like “movies about the holocaust and slavery happen all the time and they win oscars, but if I make a joke about those things people get offended and then want to shut me down.” Even if it’s a good joke, people will have a problem with it and actively work against him, which doesn’t really happen in other art forms. And second: yes, people definitely don’t respect other art forms in ways like you’re saying and sometimes “wanting to be a part of it” comes across as criticism. But, I feel like they’d still call your music “art.” Not many people would call comedy “art.” At least, it’s more of a stretch! And so perhaps people feel more entitled saying “this is bad, don’t listen to it!” than they would about a singer, because they’re not giving that person artistic liberties. The difference is that people feel entitled to censor comedy, whereas no one is censoring music just because they don’t like it. People just stop listening. I agree and disagree with certain nuances of that, but I just wanted to clarify what he’s saying because I don’t think he would disagree with anything that you said in response! :)

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