The latest addition to late night's comedy lineup sounds ... familiar.
Here comes the latest “fresh” voice from Comedy Central.
Stand-up comic Jim Jefferies joined the growing ranks of late night talkers Tuesday with his own weekly program. The Jim Jefferies Show promises to add a fresh voice to the political conversation. After all, the host hails from Australia. He’s uniquely situated to mock the U.S. political scene from a new perspective.
And guess what he saw? Exactly the same angles every other liberal late night talker found.
Jefferies opened the show with the exhausted gag about immigrants taking Americans’ jobs. That might have been pithy the first 100 times a comic mentioned it. Maybe.
And this is show number one, which we’ll assume the cast and crew worked rather hard to make special. He segued with cat-like speed to bashing President Donald Trump in connection to the terror attacks in London.
“There is a reason to be alarmed … Trump’s the leader of the free world!” he cried. The awkward laugh-turned-into-applause reaction sounded familiar, too.
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Jefferies then critiqued Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord on climate change as well as other recent POTUS decisions. It all flowed from a far-left perspective omitting critical context. It’s almost like he studied 10 years worth of Jon Stewart footage before the cameras rolled.
The new host’s assessment of Trump?
“In general he’s been a bit of a dick,” he said. Then he implied the Commander in Chief is a racist. It’s like a whole new world of comedy opening up before our eyes.
The first show’s entire monologue featured Trump bashing. He even wrapped the first segment with more Putin/Trump jokes. Because that’s even more piping fresh.
Later, Jefferies snared a clearly uncomfortable Brad Pitt for a riotous segment on climate change.
That bit made Pitt, who was a hoot in “Burn After Reading,” hopelessly unfunny. So there’s that.
All of this comes on the heels of Jefferies vowing not to bash Trump like every other late night show to various media outlets in the press push for the show.
One night in, he’s broken his own promise.
[Cross-posted from Hollywood in Toto.]