Jim Jefferies celebrates his birthday on Feb. 4, and the Australian comedian is set for another year of making us laugh without pulling any punches. AXS has put together our list of Jefferies' five funniest bits, and comedy fans can check them out below while you get your tickets to Jim Jefferies' spring 2018 tour now through AXS.
This wasn't a scripted joke, but it exemplifies why Jim Jefferies is so good at his job: he's funny when he's just being himself. Jefferies was appearing on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" to promote his Comedy Central series "The Jim Jefferies Show," and proceeded to poke fun at himself, several celebrities, and the British police force in the same three minutes. Watch the entire bit by playing the video above, which proves Jefferies has mastered the first rule of comedy: don't dish it out if you're not also willing to serve it to yourself.
If that wasn't self-deprecating enough, Jefferies took it to another level when he tackled the subject of immigration on "The Jim Jefferies Show." Not being from the United States himself, he had a certain degree of interest in the subject, and not only delivered a coherent explanation of planned U.S. immigration policy but used it to point out how he was possibly about to get deported. The opening sight gag about the limited number of Australian comedians is worth the watch alone and it only gets better from there. This segment is a perfect example of how to make even the driest facts into something funny.
Jim Jefferies has an outspoken personality; so does "Shark Tank" star and NBA owner Mark Cuban. Put the two of them in the same bit together and it's comedy gold. Cuban plays the straight man to Jefferies, who's supposed to be sitting down for an interview but then decides he wants to pitch Cuban an invention for "Shark Tank." Or maybe he wants to talk to him about Donald Trump's assertions that Cuban would never be President. Jefferies milks the opportunity for all its worth, while never seeming like he's over the top. He's funny without needing to prove it, and Cuban plays right along for a piece that goes entirely off the rails.
Amongst the laughs, Jefferies' new TV show does address a lot of very serious topics, and it does so seriously. Jefferies proved that when he put together his opinion on the rally in Charlottesville last year. He found places to get in a few sharp one-liners, but he also had a very good point to make about what happened and the response to what happened. Where other comics might use serious material simply for shock value, Jefferies was classy with it, being funny where it wasn't offensive and also legitimately adding something to the conversation. It showed how there's real thought behind his material, and how he's not afraid of anything. If he can make that entertaining and meaningful, there's nothing he can't work with.
It'll be hard for Jim Jefferies to ever top what he did to Reno. During another joke about nuclear tension between the United States and South Korea, Jefferies joked that South Korea could aim its missiles at Reno, NV, since there's nothing much there. It was a random choice and a joke that could've been used to describe a dozen cities. But the folks in Reno heard about it and were upset, going so far as to declare "Anti-Jim Jefferies Day" because of the skit. But Jefferies wasn't bothered. Instead he took the criticism and used it to make the bit even funnier, by inviting the mayor of Reno to drop by for a chat. Jim Jefferies took what could've been a total disaster and made it into not one, but two hilarious jokes. That's why he's a standout comedian, and one that audiences should get out to watch live this spring.
Below are Jim Jefferies' upcoming tour dates, with tickets on sale now through AXS:
March 9 - Denver, CO - Bellco Theatre (Click here for tickets)
March 10 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland (Click here for tickets)
March 23 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Click here for tickets)
March 24 - San Diego, CA - Spreckles Theatre (7 p.m. show) (Click here for tickets)
March 24 - San Diego, CA - Spreckles Theatre (10 p.m. show) (Click here for tickets)
April 27 - Joliet, IL - Rialto Square Theatre (Click here for tickets)
April 28 - Madison, WI - Overture Hall at Overture Centre for the Arts (Click here for tickets)
May 18 - London, ON, Canada - Centennial Hall (7 p.m. show) (Click here for tickets)
May 18 - London, ON, Canada - Centennial Hall (10 p.m. show) (Click here for tickets)
May 19 - Hamilton, ON, Canada - FirstOntario Concert Hall (7 p.m. show) (Click here for tickets)
May 19 - Hamilton, ON, Canada - FirstOntario Concert Hall (10 p.m. show) (Click here for tickets)
For more on Jim Jefferies, visit his artist page at AXS.