Jim Jefferies to host late-night series for Comedy Central
Jim Jefferies is joining the likes of Samantha Bee, John Oliver, and Bill Maher.
Comedy Central announced on Friday that it has signed up the Australian comedian to host a weekly late-night series that explores culture, politics, and other polarizing newsworthy issues.
Jefferies, who has been known to tackle tough topics like gun control, grabbed headlines last month for telling Piers Morgan to “f— off” after the Daily Mail editor-at-large tried to defend Donald Trump on Real Time with Bill Maher.
The still-untitled series, which received a 10-episode order, will premiere this summer. According to the network, the show will feature Jefferies traveling “around the globe to tackle the week’s top stories and most controversial issues. Plus, he’ll talk about Donald Trump because, unfortunately, there’s no way he can avoid it.” The show’s co-executive producer and head writer is Jason Reich, whose credits include The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
“Jim has a huge comedic voice on the global stage,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said in a statement. “During development, we also learned his talent is only surpassed by his incredible work ethic.”
Jefferies, who created and starred in the FX series Legit, has anchored seven stand-up specials, including last summer’s Freedumb on Netflix.