Jim Jefferies - Alcoholocaust (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

Jim Jeffries - Alcoholocaust

Vitriolic rants from the bottom of his LA-based heart

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.

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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…