Jim Jefferies, the most popular stand-up comedian. This, however, may seem like an understatement by many, considering how well his “The Jim Jefferies Show” has been doing on the Comedy Central channel in 2017. This is not even counting the 2016 Netflix hit Freedumb or his 2017 The Unusual Punishment Tour. While he is making his viewers laugh, he is the one who is laughing his way to the bank. Here is a quick summary of Jim Jefferies’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Jim Jefferies Early Life
Jim Jefferies real full name is Geoff James Nugent. He was born on 14 February 1977 in Australia, at Sydney. He was born into a not so affluent family, and his father was a carpenter while his mother worked as a teacher.
Jim spent his childhood in Sydney. Later he enrolled at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts which is at Perth. He studied classical music and theatre, but never completed the course.
He began doing his own stand-up comedy show, having moved to Sydney. He followed up his acts in the UK. He also changed the spellings of his surname from Jeffries to Jefferies.
He had a well-known affair with Kate Luyben which lasted for years. She was an actress, and they had a child in 2012, whom they called Hank.
Being an atheist, Jefferies does not subscribe to any religion nor believes in the existence of God, which makes his funny acts all the more hilarious.
Jim Jefferies Career
Jim started performed comedy acts, ever since he was a student and later a drop-out from the institute at Perth. However, it was in the UK where he became famous. He gained instant fame at Manchester in 2007, during a live performance on the stage. The viewers attached him, perhaps feeling offended by his atheism or black humour; or the lines he spoke did not go well with the crowd.
The shrewd comedian in him, made him use this incident in his next acts. He used the recorded footage of the onstage attack, in his 2008 show Contraband. Later next year he made his debut in HBO and became very popular in the US. I Swear to God became the talk of the town.
The festivals in which he performed include those at Edinburg, Melbourne, Reading, Leeds and the Glastonbury; not to mention Just for Laughs and International Comedy Festival. For Comedy Central TV he has performed in ‘The World Stands Up’, ‘Comedy Blue’ and ‘Edinburgh and Beyond’.
He co-hosted ‘Jim and Eddie Talkin’ Shit’, a podcast that ran from 2010 to 2012. His TV comedy series Legit ran for two seasons, in 2013 and 2014. ‘Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse’, was an Australian film he starred in 2014.
Jefferies has also appeared on BBC radio shows like British comedy programs Opie and Anthony, and Fighting Talk, besides several others including the US shows The Green Room with Paul Provenza.
After his successful Jim Jefferies show of 2017, 2018 will see his comedy Hammersmith Apollo, which will be shot in London.
Awards & Achievements
It might come as a surprise that a prolific comedian like Jim Jefferies has not been honoured with any award of substance, despite his commercial success. However, he has a long way to go, and his best is yet to come.
Net Worth of Jim Jefferies
Jim Jefferies has an estimated net worth of more than $5.5 million, as revealed by some celebrity websites. He has had his earnings from the comedy shows he has worked on since the beginning of his successful career in 2017. His annual income has been steadily rising over the years from about $0.3 million in 2011. Besides the TV shows, he also does live shows for select gatherings for undisclosed amounts of money. He has also worked in films and radio shows, besides lucrative work contracts with Netflix and comedy central.
Jim Jefferies is one of those rare Australians who are into comedies and have made it big in UK and USA. Perhaps his daredevil attitude and being an atheist adds punch to his no-holds-barred comedy. He loves to make fun and ridicule the conservative social mores and has infused elements of black humour as well as social concerns like religion, sexuality, drugs and alcoholism.