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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God
Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God
HBO // Unrated // October 13, 2009
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Review by Francis Rizzo III | posted December 20, 2009 | E-mail the Author
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In 10 Words or Less
The latest funny import from Down Under

Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Stand-up comedy
Likes: Jim Jefferies
Dislikes: Angry comics
Hates: Not getting extras

The Show
I first heard Jim Jefferies on Opie and Anthony, the perfect forum for him, as his filter-less style mixes well with their guys-clubhouse atmosphere. As he joked about getting wasted and women, I found him to be quite funny, despite his material sounding not unlike many other misogynistic, edgy comics who've come and gone. Jefferies' appeal is based mainly in his delivery, which swings from lackadaisical bemusement to violent enthusiasm, helped along by his Australian accent and the homey feel it engenders, which stands in stark contrast to the actual words coming from his mouth.

You see, Jeffries has a bit of a potty mouth, which lends itself to an act that actually explains what a slut is, based on how they think, a classic bit of dirty insight, and breaks down the difference between the use of the word "c--t" and "motherf---er," reflecting on cultural views and the way men and women think. Suffice to say, if you're adverse to someone talking about their own sexual proclivities (here covering his need to fake his orgasms (which includes a great throwaway gag about the "'O' face")), the intricacies of human genitalia or intercourse with inanimate objects, you should probably just move on.

Jefferies comfortably wanders the stage, glass of beer in hand, coming off like something of an Australian Seth McFarlane, with similar looks, religious backgrounds (both atheists) and willingness to slay sacred cows. It's rare to see a comic just sit down (or kneel) and chat with the audience, as Jefferies frequently does, and it shows his confidence on-stage. These people are here to hear from him, and he has plenty to share. His thoughts on Noah and the ark, the size of Jesus, picky pandas and why people drink are all quite funny, whether you agree with him or not.

Though some may take issue with his views on women, religion and/or drugs and alcohol, there's no denying that he's funny and very good at telling a story. His childhood tale about finding a marital aid in the garage is hilarious, as are his drug-fueled misadventure in a South-African gay bar (with a brilliant bit of face acting) and his trip to Germany with his father. They are all topped by a filthy story about a trip to Amsterdam that includes a trip to the Wal-mart of porn and one of the more embarrassing stories about self-pleasuring ever told. Jefferies is standing there, describing something truly horrific and disturbing, but it's never too-much, thanks to his boyish charm and way with words. It's probably the perfect microcosm for his idiosyncratic style of comedy.

The DVD
Packed in a standard keepcase, this 57-minute one-disc release has a static, anamorphic-widescreen menu with options to play the special or select chapters. There are no subtitles, no audio options and, though the box indicates closed captioning, it wasn't available.

The Quality
The anamorphic-widescreen transfer is impressively solid, with a crisp image that sports appropriate, vibrant color and a good level of fine detail. There were no problems with dirt or damage, and no digital artifacts to be spotted.

The audio is delivered in Dolby Digital 2.0, which does a fine job with Jefferies' voice, keeping it separate from the crowd, though it lacks the engagement a 5.1 can provide, as the combined sound is simply balanced left and right. There are no noticeable issues in the mix.

The Extras
Not a damn thing.

The Bottom Line
I'm not a big fan of angry comics, and beyond the language, topics and occasional screaming, I don't know if Jefferies really qualifies for that label. He's probably more of a dirty comic, and a hilarious one at that. This special has plenty of big laughs throughout, and no down moments, but with no extras to be enjoyed, it's just 57-minutes of comedy, so you'll want to try it out before diving right in if you're not sure he's your cup of tea.


Francis Rizzo III is a native Long Islander, where he works in academia. In his spare time, he enjoys watching hockey, writing and spending time with his wife, daughter and puppy.

Check out 1106 - A Moment in Fictional Time or his convention blog called Conning Fellow


*The Reviewer's Bias section is an attempt to help readers use the review to its best effect. By knowing where the reviewer's biases lie on the film's subject matter, one can read the review with the right mindset.

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