Jim Jefferies - Alcoholocaust (4 stars)

Vitriolic rants from the bottom of his LA-based heart

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This article is from 2010.

Jim Jeffries - Alcoholocaust

Jim Jefferies is now a full-on comedy superstar, living in LA, with the HBO seal of approval. He’s even been asked to write a sitcom (although if the letter he reads out from one channel’s legal standards department about the issues they have with the pilot is anything to go by, don’t expect to see it broadcast this side of the apocalypse). But far from softening him, this realisation of his dreams has led him to be even more bitter and disappointed at life and everybody in it. A vitriol-fuelled rant about women leads straight into his dislike of lesbians before Christians and the Jewish community come into his sights.

The final quarter of the show is a tale that involves muscular dystrophy and brothels and yet somehow succeeds in being the least offensive part of the act by quite some way. This isn’t ground-breaking stuff, and Jim Jefferies knows he is neither big nor clever. But for those of you with a strong stomach, he is still ferociously funny.

Udderbelly’s Pasture, 08445 458 252, until 30 Aug (not 27), 10.30pm, £14–£17.50 (£12–£15); 27 Aug, 11.20pm, £17.50 (£15).

This article is from 2010.

Jim Jefferies: Alcoholocaust

  • 60 min

Controversial stand-up.

Jim Jefferies: Alcoholocaust

  • 4 stars

Never afraid to court controversy, Jefferies' forthright and opinionated shows have sometimes divided audiences. But no one ever said being a comedian was easy, even if Jefferies makes it look that way. With five Edinburgh Fringe sell-out shows, numerous TV appearances, an HBO hour-long comedy special and phenomenal…

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1. Sorcha Fierce16 Aug 2010, 12:51pm Report

"But far from softening him, this realisation of his dreams has led him to be even more bitter and disappointed at life and everybody in it. A vitriol-fuelled rant about women leads straight into his dislike of lesbians before Christians and the Jewish community come into his sights."

From a magazine of the List's standard I'd expect slightly more critical analysis. Why, exactly, does a misogynist, homophobic rant earn him four stars? It isn't explained. I'm tired of the little boys yapping and drooling around this idiot's feet.

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