Jim Jefferies: "The Only Time I Find Humor Offensive Is When It's Not Funny"
Aussie comic Jim Jefferies is best known for his ability to deliver true (yet truly unreal) stories in a "tell it like it is" manner through his raunch-fueled stand-up. Toning it down a bit (but not much), Jefferies is also going into the second season of his hit show Legit on the FXX channel. Whether on TV or on the stage there is one thing that remains the same, Jim is fucking hilarious and this Friday through Sunday you'll have the chance to see him at the Irvine Improv. Just a heads up though, if you prefer the word vagina over cunt or happen to enjoy praying more than making jokes about god, you might just want to sit this one out. For the rest of you who like a good no holds barred comedy set, Jim Jefferies is riiiight up your alley!
Legit/FX If something is funny, it's funny. I don't care what the subject matter is.
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): All of your fans know that you joke about everything and anything but, have you ever heard a joke that actually offended you?
Jim Jefferies: Not really. The only time I find offensive humor offensive is when it's not funny. Anything that I've said can be said in an unfunny way you know? I really dislike when someone says something horrible or nasty and then tries to market it like, "I was joking! It's just a joke! Can't you take the joke?" No. You were just being a cunt in that situation. Sometimes people just say cunty things and just try to write it off as a joke but if something is funny, it's funny. I don't care what the subject matter is.
I totally agree. If it's unfunny it's pointless because then it turns into trying too hard to be shocking.
Yeah the more offensive the joke, the more humorous it has to be in order to get away with it. If you don't get that balance just quite right, it's pretty horrible. At the moment I'm writing this thing for the TV show about pissing on a person. It could just come off as gratuitous and not funny but as long as we hit it just right, it should be funny. The thing is with jokes, they don't always hit.
Ha. I'm sure you'll get it just right. Congrats on "Legit" getting picked up again by the way. What does moving from FX to FXX mean for the show?
It's the same writing and show but all I can tell you is that the difference with FXX is, it will be more comedy based and they're bringing out a lot of new shows in the upcoming year. The FX channel basically did so well in the last few years with its comedies and dramas, now they want to put out even more content so, FXX is a new channel because they needed space for all of that new content.