‘I might just juggle’
years, he has been accused of spewing almost every imaginable form of hatred in his act – from racism and homophobia to sexism and anti-disabled rhetoric.
But he has said publicly that, contrary to some people’s perceptions, in reality he holds none of these prejudices.
He does admit, however, that some members of his audience do come to his shows for the wrong reasons.
“Oh yeah. They’re there because of the perception,” he says.
“‘Go on Jimbo, tell ‘em all to f*** off home!’ innit, to hide behind that thing.
“Now me, I don’t say all foreigners are horrible – just most of them. But that’s nothing to do with race. That’s to do with people who are not British, you know?
“Do you know the difference?”
In 2013, Jim was the subject of an entirely different sort of controversy – one that, this time, was completely beyond his control.
He had been ready to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house when he was arrested by officers investigating Operation Yewtree – launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savill scandal to examine allegations of historic sex crimes. Overnight, his world turned upside-down.
But after a “nightmare” year on police bail, having never been charged, all action against him was finally dropped.
And in a remarkable turnaround, in 2014 he walked out of the BB house as the winner, met by cheers and applause, plus a legion of new fans, who he says he now wants to embrace.
He says: “When I won Big Brother, I suddenly got four million twitter followers, and those four million twitter followers (a) are very young, and (b) aren’t used to going to a theatre.
“And if they are used to going to a theatre, they don’t want to pay 50 quid for two tickets. They can’t afford it.
“So my idea was to get amongst all this young crowd, who can see comedy very, very cheaply, and let them know that I’m a comedian, that I’m funny, and that they can come and see me – and when they grow up to be rich and middle-aged, they can still come and see me, if I’m still alive, so there was a commercial aspect as well.”
Scanning Jim’s audience from the crowd shots in his last DVD, No Further Action, which focussed on ‘that year’s’ drama, most appear to be of, as the French say, ‘d’un certain âge’.
But Jim says this does not represent his entire demographic.
“I’ve got a spread – nearly dead to 18 – which is good.
“But to get amongst the young ones you’ve either got to go and do a show at the Comedy Store, with all them other unfunny comics, or you go and do places like I’m doing now, where it’s affordable.
“And it’s also in a place where people are used to having a drink, and they’re used to the comedy being in their face and more interactive.”
Among the places Jim is referring to is the Comedy Bunker, in Ruislip, where he will be performing on Friday, April 17.
He admits to having “no clue” what he’ll talk about on the night, preferring to improvise, which he confesses is not down to any creative impulse, but rather sheer “laziness”.
“I don’t know what I’ll do until I stand in the wings,” he says. “It depends how much I’ve had to drink, what mood I’m in, the audience. I might just juggle. Pay me money and I can do anything. I’ve had five wives – believe me I can juggle.”
One thing is guaranteed, however, and that is that Jim’s material will not resemble the left-leaning comedy we are accustomed to hearing from so many young performers on our television screens nowadays.
In fact, Jim doesn’t care for a lot of today’s younger comedians, preferring to remember those from the glory days of the well-trodden pub and club circuit.
“The difference is a lot of the kids went to university,” he says.
“If they didn’t go to university, they do the same type of comedy they think would be accepted by the university crowd.
“Where me, I’m from the gutter. I’m from Charlton, south east London. And I make people laugh.”
He adds: “I don’t watch the comedy [on TV]. I don’t understand it.
“If you start from who I don’t understand the most, it would be Eddie Izzard, and then work your way down to Reeves and Mortimer.
“I caught them last night. I don’t know what they’re about.
“They look like they’ve escaped a lunatic asylum. It’s like watching mad people. I don’t get them at all. They don’t make me laugh.
“Now, it’s not their problem. They’re brilliant. It’s my problem. I’m the problem. I don’t understand it. I’m too old.
“There’s a lot of people like me though, that’s the problem.”
Jim Davidson will be performing at the Comedy Bunker, at Mill Hill Golf Club, in Barnet Way, Mill Hill, on Thursday, April 16 at 8.30pm, and again at the Comedy Bunker at Ruislip Golf Club, in Ickenham Road, West Ruislip, on Friday, April 17 at 8.30pm.
To book tickets, visit www.comedybunker. co.uk.