Australian stand-up comedian, political commentator, actor, and writer Jim Jefferies is one of the best known names in comedy in the world today. With the charisma and commitment to his craft that enables him to charm and challenge a crowd in equal measures, Jim has been making audiences roar with laughter for 20 years now, with his storming 2005 performances at the prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal first firmly marking his place on the world comedy map.
During an otherwise fairly unremarkable childhood spent in Sydney’s leafy St Ives, Jim was scouted and signed by a talent agent while performing in a high school musical. He went on to be awarded an operatic scholarship at the Sydney Opera House, followed quickly by winning a second scholarship to Australia’s most esteemed arts academy, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Here Jim continued to study musical theatre, ballet and classical music until throat nodules forced him to prematurely retire his burgeoning singing career several months before completing his degree.
While still at WAAPA, Jim began doing stand-up comedy in Perth’s open mic rooms. In the late 90’s he returned to Sydney where he took various jobs and resumed his focus on comedy, hitting the Sydney scene with gusto until, buoyed by his now flourishing comedy career, in the early 2000’s Jim followed in the footsteps of his comedy comrades and moved to the UK. Jim swiftly built a name for himself on the English comedy circuit, until 2007 when he was punched by a stage-invading heckler during his set at the Manchester Comedy Store. The incident was captured on the venue’s in-house video, and the footage became one of the earliest ‘viral’ videos – very quickly accruing well over a million views on YouTube. The incident, and Jim’s response to it, introduced Jefferies to a whole new global audience and arguably was the spark that first brought him the world’s attention.
Jim has since delivered seven monster comedy specials, his own acclaimed sit‐com Legit (written, directed by and starring Jim), a late-night show and sold-out arenas around the world as one of the planet’s biggest ticket‐selling stand‐up comedians.
His seventh TV comedy special was recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo in early 2018, and the critically-acclaimed Legit aired for two seasons on the FX network in the USA, as well as being picked up globally. The series received positive attention among the disabled community for its portrayal of people with mental and physical disabilities. Jim has had his late-night show on Comedy Central – The Jim Jefferies Show – since 2017. Now in its’ third season, the show’s initial ten-episode run was renewed for a further twenty episodes before the first season had wrapped, and in 2018 was honoured with a Writers Guild of America nomination for best Comedy/Variety (including Talk) – Series. In 2014 he starred in his first feature film, an Australian low-budget “zom-com” called Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse with comedians Greg Fleet and Alex Williamson, which has also been released in the UK & USA.
Self-described atheist Jim frequently tours the world, selling out massive stadiums and iconic venues like Carnegie Hall and the Hammersmith Apollo. His 2017 Australian tour saw Jim sell over 50,000 tickets across twenty shows in nine Australian cities.
Jim’s routines span subjects including alcoholism, current events, political satire, celebrities, gun control, religion, sex and relationships.
"fearless, raw, and biting. If Hemingway had a drinking buddy, it would be Jim" Forbes (USA)
"the ultimate rock star - wildly witty, insanely entertaining and incessantly unremorseful" BEAT Magazine (AUS)
"an hour of comedy that increasingly finds a beautiful balance between the jagged and the shrewd, the vicious and the vulnerable" The Times (UK)
“Sick and repellent.” Christian Voice (UK)