Hats off to #JimJefferies for telling it like it is!
Being an atheist comedian certainly isn’t unique. Off the top of my head, I can name David Cross, Bill Maher, Patton Oswald, Sarah Silverman, and Julia Sweeney who are all accomplished comics and who all at least once have been public about their atheism. The thing is, though, that most of them, even Cross and Oswald, don’t talk about it that much. Sure, it’s in bits here and there, but there’s not a lot of focus on it. Not that there needs to be. Their routines are theirs. They can do with them what they please. It’s just that in the struggle for social acceptance of atheism, one hopes for more. Much more.
In Maher and Sweeney’s cases, they’ve definitely gone into it, such as Maher’s Religulous and Sweeney’s Letting Go of God, but as great as those both were, they were sort of one-off efforts that haven’t seen much follow-up. Again, not that there should need to be. But still.
A few months ago, I bumped into Jim Jefferies on YouTube or somewhere. I liked his crass, “I’m always drunk” style immediately, but why I liked even more was this:
“Please know that you’re wrong.”
I’ve not yet seen someone so bluntly put it. He also does a great set where he begins with making fun of lesbians, has a joke about witnessing the military shoot a guy in the face, then ends on Catholic child molestation. He then points out that when he made fun of lesbians, the audience can’t get enough. When he makes light of a man being shot in the face, they love it. But the second he mentions religion, half the room goes quiet.
Outside of the atheist bits, one of my favorite stories of his, from Alcoholocaust, is this (at about 50:00):
About his taking his childhood friend Dan to a brothel to get the guy laid.
“That woman treated him with dignity and respect and made him feel like a sexual being for the only time in his life. You can’t put a price on that.”
If a better argument pro-legalized prostitution is out there, I haven’t heard it.