The Jim Jefferies Show Review

Jim Jefferies isn’t actually the kind of comedian that you’d expect to get a weekly “news” show, even on Comedy Central. Now, before you start arguing, there are a few reasons for that.

One, he’s not the sort of comedian who is going to parlay his stand-up into a wholesome sitcom that takes over the cultural awareness and is loved by everyone, like Seinfeld or Roseanne. For one thing, “Jefferies” is a goofy title, and “Jim” can’t stand alone, but more importantly, he’s the sort of comedian who makes a show like Legit, which was hilarious, and naturally didn’t last that long.

Two, –

Not to put too fine a point on it, but we’re not exactly mainstreaming some shit here. Jim Jefferies is a lot of things, but “for everyone” ain’t one of them.

The show is presented in the semi-unique format of a news/commentary show that is broken up by a segment in which Jefferies takes a trip somewhere. In the last episode, he visited Melania Trump’s childhood home to get a sense of how it, and its residents, might be trying to capitalize on their most famous daughter. Also, it turns out, how Melania is cease and desisting her way about her hometown. He opens with current events commentary, which has thus far naturally revolved around Trump, and ends with another slice of “news” and/or a fix to one or more of the countries woes, like his “2 Years a Slave” idea (see clips below).

He opens with current events commentary, which has thus far naturally revolved around Trump, and ends with another slice of “news” and/or a fix to one or more of the countries woes, like his “2 Years a Slave” idea (see clips below).

I’ll be honest, Comedy Central is a little hit-or-miss for me, and the idea of Jefferies basically just having a rap session once a week was only so intriguing, and I’m something of a fan. Still, something about the transmutation of his brand of comedy into a setting really works. He’s something of a, “Look, WTF is going on here?” comedian, and, let’s face it, pointing that at the news, and the President, is just what we’re all doing right now anyway. Of course, Jefferies is actually good at it, so that’s a better show than the rest of us might manage, but…

courtesy Comedy Central

So far, some of the best bites have come from Jefferies’ reactions to the people he meets on his travels, and having Brad Pitt show up didn’t hurt either, but that could be because Trump is trying so hard to make sure we’re overexposed to jokes about him. But, for all that Jefferies is something of an “in your face” style, and he’s going to just call out gun rights (see above), he’s somehow also the teddy bear of shouting, “WTF!” at you.

Republicans aren’t real likely to become fans, but, as he says in the above video, that’s at least in part because he makes good points.

 

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Marc Eastman
Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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