Jim Jefferies John Shearer


Jim Jefferies

May 18
8 p.m.

Jim Jefferies began his show business career early in life. The Australian actor and comedian studied classical music and theater at Perth’s Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He first gained attention as a standup after being attacked onstage by an audience member at a London comedy club in 2008 (the attacker was arrested; Jefferies suffered a black eye). Since moving to the U.S., he has become a top headliner while also starring in his new self-titled Comedy Central talk show. Onstage he discusses current events, relationships, politics, and social issues in dark but hilarious ways. His piece on gun control in America went viral a few years back, fueled by the wave of mass shootings in the U.S. “I’m not trying to stop you from having guns,” he told the audience, “this is just my personal belief.” He then explains how Australia responded to the Port Arthur mass shooting in 1996 by banning most guns. “We all said, ‘Yeah, that sounds right.’ After Sandy Hook, you were like, ‘Maybe we’ll ban the big guns?’ And 50 percent of you said, ‘Fuck you! Don’t take my guns!’”