Jim’ll fix ya

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JIM JEF­FRIES Laugh­ter Lounge, Do­minick St, Gal­way Wed 9pm 112.50 091-568340; Laugh­ter Lounge, Eden Qy, Dublin Thurs 8.30pm 120 1800-266339 One of the most-watchede­ver co­me­dian clips on YouTube is that of Aus­tralian comic Jim Jef­fries be­ing punched in the face by an irate punter. Seen by more than seven mil­lion peo­ple, the clip il­lus­trates the risks Jef­fries some­times takes as a straight-talk­ing comic who long ago dis­pensed with the usual niceties.

There’s a brac­ing hon­esty to Jef­fries’s ma­te­rial – rather than talk around sub­jects, he gets straight to the gritty core, and while some might bri­dle at his di­rect­ness, you can’t but ad­mire his courage and speed of thought. This type of “shock” ma­te­rial can go ei­ther way – some­times it can be gra­tu­itous and self-in­dul­gent, but with Jef­fries there’s al­ways more go­ing on than is ap­par­ent on the sur­face. Be warned though: th­ese two Ir­ish shows are not for the faint-hearted or the eas­ily of­fended. BRIAN BOYD

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