Oral Flame-Thrower

There’s “alternative comedy,” and there’s offensive humor, and any good comedian will tell you it’s part of the job to push the boundaries between the two, rather than sticking to safe jokes such as “What’s this online dating things all about? Are you with me? Am I right?” Just the same, that can be a delicate balance, especially in these ostensibly enlightened times. Australian comic Jim Jefferies has no setting for delicates, and he’s decidedly unbalanced. Jefferies welcomes the indignation associated with his risky topics with a defiant, punk-as-fuck attitude. He has long been a fixture on Australia’s and England’s more adventurous television channels for his eagerness to anger, taking on the disabled, British soldiers, and Anne Frank, to name a few targets. For this he was punched on stage by a yob in the audi-ence at a 2007 show in Manchester, but he has also become a regular on The Opie & Anthony Show, HBO, and Chelsea Lately. Neither the onstage assault nor the embrace of American TV and radio has prompted Jefferies to tone things down. But love him or hate him, there’s no denying Jefferies is a compelling, unapologetic, and effective comic voice who wields his keen wit like a shiv.
Sun., Jan. 8, 7 p.m., 2012

 
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