Jerry Sadowitz

Jerry Sadowitz

Date of birth: 04-11-1961

Born in the States, but brought up in Glasgow, Sadowitz has a well-deserved reputation of the bad boy of comedy.

An aggressive stand-up, and accomplished close-up magician, Sadowitz made his name by bristling with anger, much of it vented at the right-on comedy circuit around him and the audiences who came to see it.

He famously opened the Montreal comedy festival with the line "Hello, moose-fuckers" and was promptly knocked unconscious.

And at the Comedy Store, at the height of political correctness, he won a bet with fellow comics by saying: "Nelson Mandela, what a cunt." It was only the next night that he thought of a punchline for such an inflamatory comment. "You lend some people a fiver and you never see them again."

Aside from the rage, Sadowitz has also provoked the ire of the comedy establishment by railing off streams of unapologetic racist jokes in his perpetual desire to shock liberal audiences.

Sadowitz's first love, though, remains his magic and he spends years out of the spotlight to devote himself to his art. Recently, he has re-emerged to perform both magic and typically savage stand-up shows.

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Bad taste comics are lazy plagiarists

...says Jerry Sadowitz

Jerry Sadowitz has laid into bad-taste comics, claiming they lazily regurgitate his ideas without giving it any thought.

The acerbic comic –who starts a run in London’s Leicester Square Theatre this weekend – says he invented ‘politically incorrect’ comedy, and has been ripped off ever since by comics who put no thought into their work.

In an interview with Time Out, he said: ‘The subjects that I’ve talked about, I searched very deep to find those topics, and then had to find humour in them, simply because everything else had been done.

‘Paedophilia had not been done, jokes about pensions had not been done, or necrophilia, or any of these subjects – they’re not nice subjects, but I wanted to find something original, rather than just go over well-trodden territory. But those subjects have been hijacked.

‘Politically incorrect comedy is no genre: it’s me, and it’s been ripped off by loads and loads of comics. So, basically, when I say they’re all cunts, I’m not joking.’

‘They haven’t thought about it. They lifted a subject, which they’ve given no thought to, and they’ve made a flippant gag about it. I don’t think I’ve ever made a flippant gag in my life. It’s something that I’ve thought about, really hard about, and come up with something to say.’

Sadowitz also criticised comedy promoters, as he defended himself against his reputation for being difficult to work with.

‘My interpretation of the word difficult, as a comedian in this business, is somebody who demands a competent and honest promoter. In London, I’ve yet to see that combination,’ he said.

Click here to read the full interview.

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Published: 4 Dec 2012

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