Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies

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.

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Jim Jefferies set to star in his own US sitcom

Playing a fictionalised version of himself

Jim Jefferies is set to star in his own American sitcom.

The Australian comic, who cut his teeth on the UK circuit, will play a fictionalised version of himself in the as-yet-untitled series.

He is also co-writing the show with Hot In Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin.

The NBC has made a so-called ‘put pilot’ commitment to the comedy – which means the network will have to pay a substantial financial penalty if the test episode doesn’t air.

‘I grew up watching the greatest sitcoms ever — Cheers, Frasier, Seinfeld and Friends,’ Jefferies told Hollywood industry website Deadline. ‘So when I had the chance to work with NBC, I jumped at the opportunity. I look forward to hopefully adding my new show to that list.’

Jefferies, who has his own late-night series on Comedy Central, previously co-created and starred in the US sitcom Legit, which aired for two seasons in 2013 and 2014.

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Published: 18 Oct 2019

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