Comedian, actor and writer Jim Jefferies is taking on late-night TV.
He vows to shake up the genre which has become known for political humour. He is bringing a brand new show to Comedy Central where he’ll pull people out for their lies and hunt for the truth around the world. Jefferies has always been political and doesn’t hide from controversy.
As everyone thinks having Trump for president can be a goldmine for comedians. His looks, his views, just everything about him is a complete joke. Jefferies said, “It’s a gold mine in the sense that — it’s easy, you know. But that easy isn’t always good, because easy means everyone’s doing it. It’s harder when you got, like, a guy — like Obama who, in speeches, didn’t stuff up that much, you know.”
“With Trump, every man and his dog can do a, ‘Ah, he said grab her by the p***y.’ You know what I mean? Like, it’s just easy just to say, ‘Oh, that’s a funny thing. Who would say that?'” Jefferies said.
He can be very opinionated and stands by his beliefs. Below is the first half of his anti-gun control routine of his went viral a few years ago.
Using his new show, the Australian plans to tackle more of the sensitive subjects that other my avoid.
“We’re doing international field pieces, which I’m doing all myself. I’ve been traveling around the world doing them,” Jefferies said.
“I’m gonna do this more as — my personal opinion piece, you know. I’m gonna say what I think rather than just this, that and the other. But I’ve got a skill of simplifying very complex subjects and making ’em more palatable,” Jefferies explained.
Jefferies began performing on a very different stage.
“I had a small career as an opera singer before I was a comedian,” Jefferies said. “I was in two operas for the Australian opera. I went up on stage the first time, and the guy introduced me as ‘Godfrey Nugget’ and I was like, ‘All right, Godfrey Nugget.’ And I thought, ‘This name’s not gonna play.'”
On whether he’s made peace with his opera singer past, he said, “Yeah, people always ask me to sing, just to prove if I can do it, and I really can’t. I got vocal nodules. And they, they scraped ’em off and I remember I just couldn’t talk, and I just sat there watching stand-up special after stand-up special after stand-up special. I think, maybe, the first thing I said when I could talk again was, ‘I’m gonna be a stand-up comedian.'”
Jefferies’ first viral video didn’t exactly get him popular for the best reason. It was of him getting punched on stage in 2007.
“I guess I do have — a sense of — opportunity about me, because the police asked me, when they caught him, they said, ‘Do you want to press any charges?’ And I said, ‘Do we have it on tape?’ and they said, ‘Yes.’ And I said, ‘I will do just fine outta this, let him go.’ Some people would be embarrassed by the idea of being punched in the face. For me, it felt like it would make you more notorious.”
He took another hit, when his first TV show, “Legit,” was dropped by FX after just two seasons.
“It was a huge blow to me when it got canceled, ’cause I believe it got canceled for the wrong reasons. I knew the show was gaining momentum,” Jefferies said.
The show broke barriers with its portrayal of disabled characters and again Jefferies’ fan base grew
“It was a very cute, heartfelt show that had some real laugh-out-loud moments,” he said, “I’m still very proud of everything I did on it.”
As the 40-year-old comic continues to evolve, his tone keeps changing.
“I don’t feel challenge keeping the edge. If I’ve softened, that hasn’t been because of any level of fame, or anything. That’s just with age, you know. You get to a stage where if it all ends now, I’ve done everything that I really wanted to achieve. Everything from now on is sort of icing on the cake.”
“The Jim Jefferies Show” is on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central.