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The Jim Jefferies Show

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The Jim Jefferies Show
The Jim Jefferies Show Logo.png
Genre Late-night talk show
News satire
Created by Jim Jefferies
Written by Jason Reich
Directed by Brian McAloon
Presented by Jim Jefferies
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 15
Executive producer(s) Jim Jefferies
Scott Zabielski
Alex Murray
Tim Sarkes
Editor(s) Chris McKinley
Tonya Dreher
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Nugget Productions
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Addison & Broad
Original network Comedy Central
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release June 6, 2017 (2017-06-06) – present (present)
External links

The Jim Jefferies Show is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by comedian Jim Jefferies. The show airs Tuesdays on Comedy Central, and tackles the week’s top stories and most controversial issues. In March 2017, Comedy Central ordered ten half-hour episodes. The series premiered on June 6, 2017,[1] and was later extended with ten additional episodes, that began airing after a five-week hiatus.[2] As of October 17, 2017, 15 episodes of The Jim Jefferies Show have aired.


 Jefferies in 2012
Jefferies in 2012

Prior to his foray into late night television, Jefferies starred in the comedy series Legit, which ran for two seasons between 2013 and 2014 on FX and FXX.[3] Early in his stand-up career, Jefferies was well known for his off-color humor. In his Netflix special Bare (2014), Jefferies performed a routine on gun control,[4] which was previously used in his stand-up and on Legit.[5][6] The Bare routine has gone viral, especially after mass shootings in the United States.[7][8] Jefferies revisited the topic in his Netflix special Freedumb (2016),[9] in which he also criticized then-Republican candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.[10] Jefferies has since become a commentator, often speaking to newspapers and appearing on television programs to discuss his political opinions.[11]

In late 2016, Comedy Central ordered a pilot for the show, which was taped on December 7.[12] The network picked up the show as a weekly half-hour series in March 2017, with ten episodes set to air in the summer.[13]

Actor Brad Pitt became a fan of Jefferies after seeing clips of his standup, and called him to ask if he could be part of his new show. He was enthusiastic when Jefferies suggested he be the show's weatherman. Pitt, who is only referred to generically as "Jim Jefferies Show Weatherman", is paid the SAG minimum salary of $400 per episode.[14]


In anticipation of the program's premiere, an online presence was launched for The Jim Jefferies Show in May 2017, including social media accounts. Jefferies introduced a fictional goldfish for the family of Donald Trump named Dave, who is dubbed the first goldfish of the United States.[15] In June, Jefferies appeared as a guest on Unmasked,[16] The Daily Show,[17] CBS This Morning,[18] Off Camera[19] and Conan.[20] Jefferies will continue performing stand-up gigs in between show tapings and media appearances.[21]


The Jim Jefferies Show is taped on Tuesdays around 12:00 p.m. Pacific time at Sunset Las Palmas Studios in Hollywood, California.[22]


In Australia, The Jim Jefferies Show airs Thursdays on Foxtel's Comedy Channel and Fetch TV's Comedy Central Australia.[23][24][25]

In Canada, The Jim Jefferies Show airs Tuesdays on The Comedy Network.[23][26]

In the United Kingdom, The Jim Jefferies Show airs Fridays on Comedy Central UK.[23][27]


A podcast co-hosted by Jefferies and Forrest Shaw[28] is released on Wednesdays,[29] and serves as an aftershow for the television program.[30] Each podcast features detailed commentary on news and politics, segments featured in the latest television episode, and jokes that were unused or too mature for television.[31] It premiered on September 20, 2017 as the first series of a new podcast network for Comedy Central.[32]


In a mixed review of the show for the Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Fienberg wrote that "What The Jim Jefferies Show needs is to stop trying to be like the other kids and to start trying to be like Jim Jefferies."[33] Mike Hale of the New York Times also gave the show a mixed review, writing that "As a late-night host, Mr. Jefferies can appear to be doing nothing much, but there’s a tricky balancing act going on between his ordinary-bloke persona and his sometimes savagely raunchy punch lines. The results are hit and miss, and sometimes it’s a long while between hits." However, Hale also praised Jefferies for occasionally delivering "explosive" lines in the show.[34]


No. Title [35] Original air date [36] U.S. viewers
1 "Worldwide Racism" June 6, 2017 (2017-06-06) 0.49[37]
Donald Trump's authoritarian tendencies • The arguably racist Black Pete tradition in Holland • Racism in the United States • Comedy sketch with actor Brad Pitt
2 "Unpacking Impeachment" June 13, 2017 (2017-06-13) 0.38[38]
Trump's reaction to the 2017 Qatar diplomatic crisisFirst Lady Melania Trump–related merchandise in her hometown in Slovenia • Efforts to impeach Donald Trump • Comedy sketch with actor Brad Pitt
3 "Criminal Injustice" June 20, 2017 (2017-06-20) 0.48[39]
Declaration of mistrial in the Bill Cosby case • Visit to the embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington • Capital punishment in the United States • Comedy sketch with actor Brad Pitt
4 "Health Care Unhinged" June 27, 2017 (2017-06-27) 0.37[40]
Better Care Reconciliation Act • Visit to right-wing senator Pauline Hanson in Australia • Bill Cosby's plans to hold town halls on sexual assault laws
5 "Understanding the First Amendment" July 11, 2017 (2017-07-11) 0.43[41]
Slow pace of Donald Trump's political appointmentsConspiracy theories • Misinterpretations of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution • Comedy sketch with actor Brad Pitt
6 "America's Age of Unenlightenment" July 18, 2017 (2017-07-18) 0.38[42]
Anti-intellectualism in American politicsEnvironmental threats to the Great Barrier ReefCorporate lobbying against environmental regulations • Comedy sketch with actor Brad Pitt
7 "Trophy Hunter Takedown" July 25, 2017 (2017-07-25) 0.43[43]
Re-emergence of controversial domestic policy issues • Political positions of the 2017 Comic-Con attendees • Trophy hunting
8 "The Fight for LGBTQ Military Rights" August 1, 2017 (2017-08-01) 0.49[44]
The Democratic Party's failed political campaigns • Sexual orientation and gender identity in the United States military • Interview with 2016 presidential candidate, Evan McMullin • Dismissal of White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci
9 "The Threat of Nuclear War" August 8, 2017 (2017-08-08) 0.46[45]
North Korea–United States relationsAssisted suicide in the United States • Interview with stand-up comedian Bill BurrNASA's new job opening for a planetary protection officer
10 "Charlottesville's White Supremacist Rally" August 15, 2017 (2017-08-15) 0.41[46]
Trump's reaction to the Charlottesville attack • The debate over Confederate monumentsReforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act • Reactions to Jefferies' joke about bombing Reno
11 "Jim's Police Ride-Along" September 19, 2017 (2017-09-19) 0.46[47]
Immigration policy deal between Trump and Democratic leaders • Police use of firearms in the United Kingdom • Effects of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season • Discussion with the mayor of Reno, Hillary Schieve
12 "Trump's Anti-NFL Freakout" September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26) 0.50[48]
Debate between Trump and NFL players on race and protest • NFL player's risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy • Interview with former CMS acting administrator, Andy SlavittAustralian Marriage Law Postal Survey
13 "Trump's Bungled Response to Puerto Rico" October 3, 2017 (2017-10-03) 0.44[49]
Jefferies' comment on the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shootingTrump's response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria • Wasteful spending by members of Trump's cabinet • Interview with hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse • Jefferies' comment on a librarian rejecting Melania Trump's donation of Dr. Seuss books
14 "Hawaii's One-Party System" October 10, 2017 (2017-10-10) 0.40[50]
ISIS's false claim of responsibility for the Las Vegas shootingPolitics of Hawaii • America's outdated Social Security number system • Logos of discontinued computer programs
15 "Trump's Congressional Twitter Troll" October 17, 2017 (2017-10-17) 0.43[51]
16 TBA October 24, 2017 (2017-10-24) TBD
17 TBA October 31, 2017 (2017-10-31) TBD
18 TBA November 7, 2017 (2017-11-07) TBD
19 TBA November 14, 2017 (2017-11-14) TBD
20 TBA November 21, 2017 (2017-11-21) TBD


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