• Jim Jefferies at Gilda’s LaughFest: Bill Cosby, infant death, gun control all fair game for comedy (Review)

    GRAND RAPIDS — “Turns out Bill Cosby is a rapist….If I was going to be raped, I’d like to be raped by Bill Cosby. I’ve been a fan of his for years. And how else are you going to meet him?” And so began an evening with Jim Jefferies at the Fountain Street Church (yes church) as part of the fifth annual Gilda’s LaughFest. Throughout the better part of the

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    Netflix releases Jim Jefferies trailer for ‘Bare’ and you should watch it (Video)

    Netflix has made a huge push for quality original comedy programming recently and we’re about to start enjoying the warm, squishy, hilarious fruits of their labor— in the form of Jim Jefferies’ newest stand-up comedy special Bare, which becomes available on Netflix this Friday, Aug. 29. The streaming behemoth just released a teaser for Bare and it perfectly encapsulates Jefferies. While I was none too pleased when FXX canceled his

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    Netflix snags Bill Cosby, Chelsea Handler, Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies, Chelsea Peretti comedy specials

    Old school comedian Bill Cosby meets new-age online streaming service Netflix this November. Cosby’s newest special, Bill Cosby 77, will premiere on Netflix on Friday, Nov. 28 at 12:01am PST. The legendary comedy icon filmed a brand new special in July, with new material since his Far From Finished special on Comedy Central last year, on his 77th birthday at the SF Jazz Center in San Francisco. As usual, Cosby

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    Louis C.K., Wanda Sykes, Jerry Seinfeld and more! 11 Comedians as comedians on television

    Stand-up comedians are taking over television! Comics, not all of them trained actors, are getting the opportunity to play the roles they were meant to play: comedians. The old stand-up-to-sitcom model was that maybe you’d get discovered at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal or a producer might see you headlining on the road and believe he could create an entire show around a few minutes of a

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    FX renews Jim Jefferies show Legit, Totally Biased, The League, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    Comedian Jim Jefferies’ series Legit has been renewed for a second season, FX executives announced today as part of an overall announcement about the future of its comedy programming. The show, which follows the lives of Jefferies (as a touring comedian) and his best friend Steve (Dan Bakkedahl) and Steve’s disabled brother (DJ Qualls), will join Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell – renewed for a second season – as

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    Exclusive: Jim Jefferies talks fatherhood, stand-up tour, new show ‘Legit’ and more! (Audio)

    For the better part of the last decade, Australian born, British bred comedian Jim Jefferies has endeared himself to dedicated fans of comedy with a taste for real-life, often X-rated stories. But come Jan. 17, when his series Legit (about a comedian desperately attempting life on the straight and narrow) premieres on FX, he will have opened up his raucous world to a decidedly larger group of comedy consumers. Throughout

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    Jim Jefferies talks Fully Functional (premiering tonight) and new FX show Legit (Interview)

    I love when our readers leave their homes to support live stand-up comedy, but tonight I’m strongly suggesting you stay in, sit on your couch and watch the premiere of Jim Jefferies’ newest stand-up special Fully Functional. It’s going down at 10 pm EST on Epix. And having seen an advanced copy, I can tell you it’s worth an hour of your time. You can check out an exclusive preview

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    Jim Jefferies enjoyed having a lot of random sex (Exclusive preview video)

    Ever since the 2009 premiere of I Swear to God, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies has endeared himself to thousands of comedy fans who love a good, honest, filthy story. On Oct. 26 at 10 pm EST, Epix will premiere his latest hour, Fully Functional, the follow-up to the masterful Alcoholocaust. And we’re psyched to give you this exclusive preview. We’re excited to check out Fully Functional not just for the

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    New Lewis Black, Jim Jefferies, Kevin Smith comedy specials coming to Epix

    The already pro-comedy network Epix is making its commitment to the art form even more clear. This morning, they announced they’re launching a monthly comedy showcase called Epix Comedy Unbound, which will air the last weekend of every month. “We are deepening our commitment to comedy by featuring the best of today’s stand-up comedians in our showcase and giving them free reign to push the envelope and bring our viewers

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    It’s official: Comedian Jim Jefferies scores his own television series

    In October of last year, we got the great news that well-loved comedian Jim Jefferies landed a pilot deal at FX. And today, we get confirmation the network has officially ordered 13 episodes which will begin to roll out this coming January. The scripted show, Legit, stars the Australian comedian — known for his amazing storytelling prowess onstage — as a slightly-fictionalized version of himself (he plays a comedian named

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    Jim Jefferies lands “Legit” pilot deal at FX

    Australian comedian Jim Jefferies has been embraced by the Stateside comedy scene for years now, having released two groundbreaking hour-long specials as well gaining tons of respect from his fellow comics. The soul-baring and many-times x-rated comic is known as one of the country’s best comedic storytellers. And now, if all goes well, he’ll have yet another home for his twisted sense of humor. FX has OK’d a pilot presentation

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    Reader question: Has the HBO hour comedy special lost its prestige?

    The HBO hour comedy special is still a goal for most comedians, but its no doubt lost some of its prestige over the years.

    You may have noticed the “Ask us your comedy questions” graphic on our pages. It links up to our page on Formspring, wherein you can ask a question and I’ll answer it! You can also ask us a question through our Tumblr

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    Comedy Central launches UK DVD label, signs Jim Jefferies

    Comedy Central’s British arm has formed their own DVD label, which will continue to expand Comedy Central’s relatively new presence overseas by signing and promoting UK comedians. The first two DVDs, Jim Jefferies’ Alcoholocaust and Stewart Lee’s If You Prefer a Milder Comedian, Please Ask for One will be released in the fall, Chortle reports. Jefferies has already made a sizable dent on the stateside comedy scene, having toured the

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    Lakeshore Theater, forerunner in comedy, set to close April 10

    It’s amazing what a good venue can do. In the 1970’s, venues like the Comedy Store and the Improv inspired a comedy boom, brought public attention to the now legendary Andy Kaufman, David Letterman and Richard Lewis, and helped change what it meant to be a comedian. Chicago’s Lakeshore Theater was one such venue –committed to embracing new comedy and furthering the exploration of what it firmly believed to be

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    The 10 best stand-up comedy DVDs of 2009

    For the past few years, the release of stand-up CDs and DVDs seems to be more popular than ever. Sometimes a production company will release just a CD or just a DVD– sometimes they’re packaged together. The DVDs listed below fall under one of the last two categories. And although we, at Punchline Magazine, are bigger fans of the plain comedy album, sometimes, we admit, some material translates better on

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