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|Alcoholocaust: Edited highlights|
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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: Fringe 2012
Jim Jefferies’s new show will get everyone talking. Not necessarily about his comedy, but they will be asking: ‘Just who was that movie star who got all “rapey” at the Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival half a dozen years ago?’
Yes, shock of shocks, Jefferies’ cornerstone story this year concerns another night of sex and drugs – allowing his more cautious fans to vicariously enjoy a night of ill-advised hedonism through his bawdy anecdotes. But while there might be a certain ‘so I was banging this chick…’ boastfulness about Jefferies’ set-ups, he doesn’t flinch from the less edifying aspects, which is where the comedy so obviously lies. Just because he has a bit of a swagger, it doesn’t mean he’s not a self-deprecating observational comic able to see the funny side of a mini-orgy gone pear-shaped. Jefferies has no shame – which only makes the stories funnier.
In a more straightforward stand-up vein, he berates the lack of ‘tough love’ today’s children receive – confessing that his own mother’s discipline once extended to breaking both his brother’s legs. Going too far seems to run in the family.
He can even spin a ten-minute routine out of a argument over armrests on a plane – about as far from the despicable material as you can get, you might think. Although, Jim being Jim, not Jerry Seinfeld, the row escalates to include flirtations with racism and homophobia, which he stumbles into not because he intended too, but because he’s a mouthy fella. But that’s not the noun he uses to self-describe.
As usual, he mixes real-like anecdotes with shock-and-awe jokes, invoking terminal diseases, misogyny, paedophilia, the usual… But even though such unpleasant subjects have become as ubiquitous in comedy as the mother-in-law gag once was, Jefferies can still evoke both a reaction and a laugh, firstly by going more depraved and secondly by simply being better at writing jokes than most.
His darkest fantasies stem from believing he’d be a great dad but a terrible husband – so contrives to get the child without the mother hanging around – and ends up with tips for the responsible child-molester.
Though his gags are reprehensible, there’s a cheekiness and a vulnerability that sets him aside from other shock comics – making this another fine hour of near-the-knuckle laughs. His recently-found sobriety referenced in the title has done nothing to knock the edge off this provocative performer.
|Date of live review: Thursday 9th Aug, '12|
Review by Steve Bennett
Jim Jefferies: Alcoholocaust
Tuesday 27th Jul, '10- Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue
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Show - Montreal 2007 - Tuesday 17th Jul, '07-
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Sunday 8th Oct, '06-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2006 - Monday 0th Aug, '06-
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If yo're gay or a humourless cunt, don't bother. For the rest of us, this guy is hilarious.
Dull and derivative. He does "edgy" comedy for people whose idea of edge is warmed over Andrew Dice Clay. Seriously, dude's a hack - this shit's been done to death.
Very funny. Funniest Aussie I've listened to. Many levels above interesting. Most I've laughed since my family died
Anyone who was at the Jim Jefferies gig's at Inverness, was in for a treat. He managed two shows on the same night (due to ticket demand). He didn't disappoint - from the start he just took the audience along on an extremely humorous anecdotal journey. He's a rare comedian who can weave in expletive's in his material that seem to enhance the stories he regales to his audience not detract from them. Like some naughty half pissed schoolboy boosting what he's been up to during the summer vacation to his friends. You could see he was enjoying himself on stage and threw open - any questions to the audience, received and answered them in his inimitable Aussie manner. He would have kept going if not for the second show, as it was he did more than an hour thirty and still firing on all cylinders comedy wise. All the plaudits that come his way are well founded. Most definitely a must see comedian. He surprised even me.
Saw Alcoholocaust in Edinburgh and came out totally hating the man. I wasn't offended by his jokes, just bored by them. He seems to think that simply saying cunt and being sexist are hilarious - they can be but they need at least a modicum of thought and a hint of actual writing or structure. I have no idea how he gets good reviews, maybe I saw him on a bad night but I couldn't believe an act so devoid of humour, wit or intelligence can be so lauded. I hate this man.
By far the best comedian on the planet right now. His turn of phrase is amazing, he is very intelligent and makes you laugh so hard it hurts!!
Jim Jeffries is the best comedian in this country at the moment, He is completely offensive, but there are subtle hints of Bill Hicks in the humour. I think the man is a direct response to the over indulgent politcally correct world we live in, where even rape is thought to be offensive, not the sensual love we know it is.
Saw him at Late and Live and he was dreadful. Completely pissed which didn't help and set completely lacked structure or jokes. Even his bantering with the audience was mediocre.
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Big Value Comedy Club (Early)
Edinburgh Fringe 2004
Jim Jeffries: Porn Idol
Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Jim Jeffries: The Second Coming
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Jim Jeffries: 30
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Jim Jeffries: Hammered
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Jim Jeffries Live 2009
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Jim Jefferies: Alcoholocaust
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Jim Jefferies: Fully Functional
Misc live shows
Yanks Your Chain
Jim Jeffries: Second Coming [Montreal 2007]
Nasty Show 2007