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Jim Jefferies

  • Overture Hall 201 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

He's offensive! He's joking! He's offensive!, etc. Info/tix

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Australian comedian, TV host, and political commentator Jim Jefferies is a controversial comic, one who leverages his popularity to wade ever-further into touchy issues on-stage. For example, he has weathered protests about both his misogynistic humor, as well as his regular rape jokes. In his latest Netflix special, Freedumb, he includes five minutes of Bill Cosby material, then brings up a negative review, in which an Australian commentator transcribed his routine to point out how offensive he is. His response: "I'm joking!" He goes on to argue, "My whole skill in life is being able to say horrible things, and still seem likable," and then introduces his material with sarcastic trigger warnings. Jefferies makes the argument rather plainly, that it's the way he says horrible things in an obviously joking way that makes them O.K. Jefferies is therefore a good litmus test for where you land on questions of what's okay to say in jest and who can say it. When he's not digging himself into a hole in the name of defying political correctness, Jefferies does make interesting political arguments with an outside-of-America perspective, with legitimately funny points in favor of legalizing sex work and curbing access to guns. —Reid Kurkerewicz

Earlier Event: April 28
Comics Slam (free)
Later Event: April 29
In The White City (free)