Comedian Jim Norton Talks About 'Detoxing' from Sex

By Victoria Kim 04/29/15

The famously raunchy comedian stopped by HuffPost Live to talk sex, prostitutes, and detox.

Jim Norton

Comedian Jim Norton is making an effort to curb his notorious sex habit, he told HuffPost Live on Monday.

The famously raunchy Norton, a self-proclaimed sex addict who has paid “the equivalent of a Harvard Law School education” on prostitutes, said he has to detox for a while and confirmed he has stopped paying for sex.

“You gotta detox and then see who you really are and what you really like,” he told HuffPost Live. “Because when you’re just grabbing for anything that makes you feel good, and anything that just takes you out of reality, you have no idea who you are anymore ... what you are, and what you want. So I just gotta detox a little bit.”

In 2013, Norton talked more in-depth about his appetite for sex with Esquire. “That was an addiction that was always there,” he said. “And it kicked into overdrive when I got a car to get hookers.”

“It’s the same thing that makes somebody 400 pounds or makes somebody gamble away their child’s tuition. It’s that dopamine drip. But, yeah, it’s just a compulsion that takes me out of myself.”

Norton, who has been sober from drugs and alcohol since he was 18, said he has spent “an embarrassing amount of money on prostitutes and various other sexual encounters” in that time period in a TIME op-ed he wrote in 2014 called “In Defense of Johns.”

“I cannot even fathom a guess as to how much money—let alone time—I’ve spent on paid sex in the past 25 years,” he wrote. “Because I’ve never actually tallied the dollar amount of my sex addiction, my therapist tells me I should—her logic being that a concrete cost would make it more definitive and its consequences more tangible.”

The comedian behind “monster rain” said it’s not easy, but he’s working on reining in his habit. “The problem is me being addictive, not the actual stuff,” he said.

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