Comedians Dave Attell and Jim Norton remember when men were wild

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Comedians Dave Attell and Jim Norton remember when men were wild

By Jarrett Bellini, CNN
August 12, 2011 9:42 a.m. EDT

Funnymen on life after hours


  • Funnymen Dave Attell and Jim Norton aren't strangers to late night shenanigans
  • Attell was once a part of Comedy Central's "Insomniac"
  • Attell and Norton recently performed together in "The Anti-Social Network"

(CNN) -- No strangers to late-night debauchery, Dave Attell and Jim Norton have pretty much seen it all. And then some.
In fact, most people probably remember Attell from Comedy Central's "Insomniac," where he would venture out into various cities late into the night (and morning) to meet the people who were working, reveling and, perhaps, sleeping in gutters.
"Back when I was really drinking and partying, every city had its after-hours scene. Now they don't do any of that anymore," he says. "A lot of these kids I think are more content just to be on Facebook and the computer than they are to actually go out. They just really want to get a picture to post to their buddies, and that's about it."
Norton is also a veteran of the late-night scene for comics, and most people know him from "Opie & Anthony" on SiriusXM and his segments on "The Tonight Show." Admired for his gritty humor, Norton's comedy comes from experience, and that experience was rather different from Attell's. Primarily because it involved a lot of hookers.Seriously ... a lot of hookers.
Much of this is chronicled in his memoir, "Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch."

Somewhat appropriately, when I met up with Attell and Norton in Chicago at Just for Laughs, they were performing with Bill Burr and Jim Breuer in what they were calling "The Anti-Social Network." A departure from their traditional headlining gigs, this particular short tour was a chance for these four seasoned comics to get up and share the stage in a few of America's wildest cities.
But these are grown men, and the temptations of the night don't quite seem to have the same appeal as they once did. Now, it's more about camaraderie.
"It is kind of fun to be with other guys and know that you have to (not) do the hour-and-a-half gig yourself," Attell says. "Being on the road is kind of lonely."
Fortunately, there's no shortage of good stories to go around.
I don't like the way they say "funnymen."

It sounds like they are belittling them, they are comedians