Jim Jefferies (comedian)

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Jim Jefferies
Jim Jeffries.jpg
Jefferies in April 2012
Birth nameGeoff James Nugent
Born (1977-02-14) February 14, 1977 (age 42)
Sydney, Australia
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
Genres
Subject(s)
Children1
Website jimjefferies.com

Geoff James Nugent (born February 1977), [1] known professionally as Jim Jefferies, is an Australian-American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He created and starred in the American FX sitcom Legit (2013–2014) and the Comedy Central late-night show The Jim Jefferies Show (2017–2019).

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Early life

Jefferies was born Geoff James Nugent in February 1977 in Sydney, Australia. [2] [3] [4] His father was a cabinet maker and maintenance worker from Roma, Queensland, [5] and his mother was a substitute teacher. [6] Jefferies grew up in Sydney before moving to Perth to study musical theatre and classical music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. [7] [8] He began his stand-up comedy career once he left the Academy, several months before completing his degree, [5] relocating initially to Sydney and then to the UK. [6]

He has two older brothers: Scott, an investment banker, [9] and Daniel, an inspector in the New South Wales Police Force's Public Order and Riot Squad. [10]

Career

Stand-up

Jefferies initially took the stage name "Jim Jeffries" but amended the last name to "Jefferies" to avoid confusion with a similarly-named American performer. He initially began stand-up with short-form jokes. He moved to anecdotal humour when he began doing hour-long sets. [11] Jefferies first achieved international attention in 2007, when he was attacked onstage while performing at the Manchester Comedy Store. [12] [13] Footage of the incident was incorporated into his act and can be seen on his 2008 DVD, Contraband. He became famous in the United States in 2009, after his debut HBO special, I Swear to God. [14]

Jefferies has performed at numerous festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Just for Laughs Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals and the Glastonbury Festival.[ citation needed ] Jefferies has also performed routines on The World Stands Up, Comedy Blue and Edinburgh and Beyond for Comedy Central.[ citation needed ]

Following the release of his Netflix special, Freedumb, in July 2016, Jefferies has been performing The Unusual Punishment Tour with all-new material, [15] and filmed his most recent comedy special "This Is Me Now," at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, in January 2018. [16] On December 17, 2018 he completed his Night Talker tour with the final performance in Melbourne, Australia.

Acting

In February 2014, he starred in a low budget Australian feature film called Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse with Australian comedians Greg Fleet and Alex Williamson, which premiered in Australian cinemas on 25 July 2015. [17] It was released in DVD and on Vimeo in Australia and New Zealand in late 2015, [18] in the UK and Ireland on 2 May 2016 and was released in the US on 5 July 2016.

Jim and Eddie Talkin' Shit

From November 2010 to November 2012, Jefferies co-hosted the podcast Jim and Eddie Talkin' Shit with his fellow comedian and former roommate, Eddie Ifft. Jefferies had to quit because of his busy work schedule. [19] [20]

Legit

Jefferies's comedy series Legit premiered on 17 January 2013 on FX. A second season premiered on 26 February 2014, having been moved to FXX. [21] The series received positive attention among the disabled community for its portrayal of people with mental and physical disabilities. [22] The series was cancelled after two seasons. [23]

The Jim Jefferies Show

On 3 March 2017, Comedy Central announced The Jim Jefferies Show , a new ten-episode weekly series, [24] that premiered on 6 June 2017. [25] Jefferies, hosting the show, takes a look on culture and politics behind his desk, and travels around the world to tackle the week’s top stories and most controversial issues. On 25 July 2017, the first season was extended with ten additional episodes, [26] that completed airing on 21 November 2017. On 15 January 2018, Comedy Central renewed the series for a twenty-episode second season, [27] which premiered on 27 March 2018. [28] The network renewed the show for a third season in January 2019, which premiered on March 19, 2019. The season concluded on November 19, 2019, wrapping the series as a whole as Jefferies shifts focus to producing a pilot for NBC. [29]

Other work

Jefferies has appeared on comedy panel shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks , Have I Got News for You , The Heaven and Earth Show and 8 Out of 10 Cats , the US comedy panel show The Green Room with Paul Provenza and Comedy Central's @midnight . He has also been featured on various radio programmes, including BBC Radio 5 Live's Saturday morning sports show, Opie and Anthony , and Fighting Talk . [30]

Personal life

Jefferies was previously in a relationship with actress Kate Luyben. [31] Together, they have a son who was born in 2012. [32]

In 2018, Jefferies became a naturalized citizen of the United States. [33] Jefferies is autistic [34] and an atheist. [35]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2014 Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse Joel
2016 Punching Henry Charlie
2017 Killing Hasselhoff Tommy
2020 Extinct Voice role, in production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004The Last ChancersWhoppit
2007 Comedy Cuts Various
2008Jim Jefferies: ContrabandHimselfStand-up special
2009Jim Jefferies: I Swear to GodStand-up special
2010Jim Jefferies AlcoholocaustStand-up special
2012Jim Jefferies: Fully FunctionalStand-up special
2013Tainted LovePriest
2013–14 Legit Jim JefferiesAlso creator, writer and executive producer
2014 Bad Judge KeithEpisode: "The Cat's Out of the Bag"
The Librarians British SantaEpisode: "And Santa's Midnight Run"
Jim Jefferies: BareHimselfStand-up special
2016 Not Safe with Nikki Glaser Guest (2 episodes)
Jim Jefferies: FreedumbStand-up special
2017–2019 The Jim Jefferies Show Host; also creator, writer and executive producer
2018Jim Jefferies: This Is Me NowStand-up special

Discography

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