Written By: Traves Bezenar
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies has a new special out on Netflix titled ‘Freedumb’. For those that aren't familiar with Jefferies work he can best be described as crass. His humor is often dark, shocking, and could easily be considered offensive but like Jefferies says in his routine, it’s just a joke and isn't meant to be taken seriously. I’m admittedly a pretty big fan of Jim Jefferies. I’ve seen all his other stand-up specials and watched all the episodes of his television series ‘Legit’ but the question remains of whether or not this special is worth watching.
Like I mentioned in the opening of this review, Jim Jefferies has a niche style of comedy that isn’t going to appeal to everyone, and that’s not a bad thing. Jefferies like all people that perform on stage or share their creation with an audience is an artist and as an artist I would rather see him offend a few people than compromise his vision for the show. It’s important to remember that the stories Jeffries tells are embellished or completely made and are meant to entertain not enlighten or persuade you opinion on a controversial topic, and there are a lot of controversial topics in this show so buckle in.
I really enjoyed the Jefferies set for the most part but found that it was heavily self reliant. A lot of his jokes this time around either focused on bits from his previous shows or were extremely meta. For a long time fan like myself that’s not an issue but if this is your first Jim Jefferies special you might be a little lost when he starts talking about his bit on gun control from a previous special. That said, this is easily Jim’s most honest and raw performance to date. He talks at length about his wife and son, how they’ve changed his views on the world, and his life in general. There are also some semi-political bits but if you're looking for a show full of topics like the aforementioned gun control bit, you won’t find it here.
One thing I would like to comment on that doesn't really affect if you’ll enjoy the show or not is the set design. Whoever is responsible for the amazing segmented background should be praised because it looks fantastic. In fact the whole show is wonderfully shot which is a nice change from the one or two camera set ups we see in most low budget stand up specials. I give this one an A+ in both of those regards.
I would definitely recommend that you take the time to watch ‘Jim Jefferies: Freedom’. Sure, it’s not perfect, and is probably going to piss you off at some point, but that’s a good thing. We should always be pushing ourselves to experience new points of view, especially ones that force us to question our preconceived notions of morality. Is rape funny? No, absolutely not. But, jokes about rape can be funny if done correctly. In my opinion Jefferies is one of the few comedians still unafraid to push the boundaries of what comedy is and for that reason alone this is a must watch for me.
Written By: Traves Bezenar