Jim Jefferies (comedian)
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Performing at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention
14 February 1977 [|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Genres||Anecdotal comedy, black comedy, blue comedy, observational comedy|
|Subject(s)||Alcoholism, culture, recreational drug use, religion, sex|
|Influences||George Carlin, Roy Chubby Brown, Richard Pryor, Jerry Sadowitz, John Cleese|
|Notable works and roles||Legit (2013 TV series), Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, Jim and Eddie Talkin Shit (podcast)|
He first achieved international popularity after he was attacked onstage while performing at the Manchester Comedy Store. At one time, Jefferies incorporated the incident, including its video recording, into his act: this can be seen on his 2008 DVD Contraband. He is well known in the USA after his popular debut stand-up special on HBO.
Jefferies has performed at numerous festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe, Montreal Comedy Festival (Just for Laughs), South African Comedy Festival Cape Town, Reading and Leeds Festivals and the Glastonbury Festival. He has appeared on BBC Television shows, such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You, The Heaven and Earth Show, and 8 out of 10 Cats. Jefferies has also performed spots on The World Stands Up, Comedy Blue and Edinburgh and Beyond for the Comedy Central.
Jefferies was on a podcast Jim and Eddie Talkin' Shit twice a week, with his fellow comedian and friend Eddie Ifft. It is recorded from Ifft's home in Los Angeles. In December 2012, Jefferies left the podcast due to his work schedule filming his television series, Legit.
Jefferies' new comedy series Legit premiered on 17 January 2013 on FX, and thirteen episodes are scheduled to air. A second season will premier on 26 February 2014 and has been moved to FXX. The series has received positive attention for its portrayal of people with mental and physical handicaps.
Stand up comedy DVDs
- Contraband – (5000 limited editions) Released: 10 November 2008 (UK Home Video)
- I Swear to God – Broadcast: 16 May 2009; Released: 13 October 2009 (US Home Video)
- Alcoholocaust – Released: 8 November 2010 (Comedy Central UK DVD)
- Fully Functional - Release: October 2012
After eight years living in Kentish Town, Jefferies now lives in Los Angeles. He is an atheist, and often discusses it in his shows Jefferies is currently in a relationship with actress Kate Luyben. Their son, Hank Jefferies, was born on 6 November 2012, with Jefferies releasing a photograph on his Facebook page.
- Glazer: Funny Guy Jim Jefferies Brings Down the House While Buying A House kcconfidential.com
- Jim Jefferies bio. jimjefferies.com
- Comic attacked on stage : News 2007 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide. Chortle (2007-04-16). Retrieved on 2012-04-05.
- Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God: Home. HBO. Retrieved on 2012-04-05.
- BBC Radio 5 live – Fighting Talk. Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 2012-04-05.
- Jim Jefferies & Eddie Ifft Talk Shit Podcast. Jimandeddietalkshit.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-05.
- Couch, Aaron. "How FX's 'Legit' Became the Darling of the Disabled Community". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Jim Jefferies – Atheists are Right, Religious People are Wrong. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-04-05.
- Legit - Jim Jefferies & girlfriend Kate Luyben. YouTube. Retrieved on 2013-05-15.