Jim Jeffries (5 stars)

This article is from 2007.

A visceral and shockingly funny diatribe

You may consider yourself not easily offended. You may feel that nothing shocks you, and that there is nothing left to say that is truly controversial or distasteful. If this is the case consider yourself well and truly wrong. Since his appearance at the Fringe last year Jim Jeffries has turned 30, had a tumour removed from his most favoured of body parts and been attacked on stage in Manchester, an incident that not only provided valuable material, but thanks to some canny use of YouTube has in part ensured his profile is higher than ever.

As the show starts he wanders amiably to the front of the stage with an innocuous manner that belies what you are about to hear. Beginning with a recent family bereavement and moving through childhood anecdotes, paedophilia and the aforementioned cancer scare, he finishes off with a blow by blow account (complete with video footage) of the assault. Through all of this, Jeffries’ humour borders on the visceral, but you can’t write him off as simply a shock merchant; anyone can be gratuitously offensive but Jeffries never forgets that his prime task is to make us laugh.

By his own admission he’s not a genius and isn’t trying to change the world but his willingness to offend combined with an openness of character makes him one of the most gratifyingly riotous comedians working today. So dig deep into your own moral turpitude and revel in each depth that is plumbed and each tear of laughter that peels your incredulous face as you check with your companion that yes, he did just say that. (Gordon Eldrett)

UdderBELLY’s Pasture, 0870 745 3083, until 27 Aug, 9.50pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10).

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