Date Of Birth: 14/02/1977
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Jim Jefferies trained as an opera singer before turning to stand-up. He has appeared in festivals across the world as well as TV stand-up shows. In 2007, he was punched on stage at the Manchester Comedy Store, and the video of the incident became a worldwide hit o the internet.
He supported Dennis Leary at the new York comedy festival the same year; and the following year landed a pilot sitcom with Paramount Comedy. He was nominated for best headliner in the 2008 Chortle awards.
He was born Jeffries but had to add an 'e' to hs surname to avoid confusion with an American performer of the same name.
Jim Jefferies Videos
Original Review:Something is very wrong with Jim Jeffriesí moral compass, thatís for sure. Taken at face value, his flagrantly distasteful set squeezes every trigger of knee-jerk liberal offence. Itís a catalogue of PC no-nos: from unabashedly misogynistic gags about womenís genitals to mocking the disabled, proving that this coarse Australian considers no topic too impolite to joke about.
But somehow he gets away with this taboo-busting tirade and few take genuine offence. Sure youíll hear sharp intakes of breath mixed in with the shocked laughter, but thereís never any doubt these are only gags. Maybe itís the sheer audacity of the depths of bad taste to which heíll plunge, or maybe itís his slightly awkward, socially screwed-up persona. Either way, itís obvious heís no role model and his provocative views are not to be taken seriously.
That said, his expletive-doused routine is certainly aimed squarely at the lads, stirring up a raucous reaction to saying the unsayable. In a way, heís captured the jokey spirit of magazines like Loaded without too many of their hideously Neanderthal overtones.
For all the hard-edged vileness that spews from his mouth Ė sometimes given armsí length distance bye repeating comments from his even less-tactful father - thereís something almost endearing about the way he is so desperate to prompt a reaction, and an underlying likeability that is always evident.. And, from the point of view of pure craftsmanship, you canít fault the way some of his gags are skillfully put together and deftly told. Date of review: Oct 2006