I had the chance to spend more than a few minutes with comedian Jim Jeffries in his hotel room during the Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival earlier this summer, and no, he did not touch me. Not physically. His website is now called Jim Jefferies, because that's his name now. Did you know that? You should, because I had told you he changed his name earlier this year for his first HBO special, which debuted in May. When I caught up with him in June, I asked him about the name change, plus got his thoughts on playing American comedy clubs, being known as an offensive comedian, and what he now knows about baseball, thanks to an autographed ball from Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. Jim Jefferies hosts tonight's taping of Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, kicking off four nights of tapings at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City.
OK. Enough intro. Want to know what Jim Jeffries' real name is? Roll the clips!
Here Jim Jeffries explains the differences between working in American comedy clubs versus his usual gigs in the U.K.
Since Jim Jeffries has developed a bit of a reputation as an "offensive" stand-up, does it help when audiences don't know who he is before hearing him for the first time? Let him explain:
Just For Laughs Chicago gave Jim Jeffries a baseball signed by Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. So he decided to do a little research, and here's what he knows about Banks and baseball: