Saw Jimmy Carr this week at Hamer Hall and, wow, you do feel uncomfortable during the jokes. Most of the content was around sex (a pickup line “have you met my friend, Chloroform?”) and it was packed full of innuendo, puns and just plain old wrong that you had to laugh at. And a crack at religion for good measure too.
The audience though. The audience made me a little worried. When I’ve seen the “heckle Jimmy” part of his show in Montreal or somewhere in the UK, his audience seems to politely heckle him, calling him names, but not overdoing it… And laughing when they are heckled back. In Melbourne, I felt like parts of the audience (not people near me, but a couple of rows behind, and in pockets everywhere), were the type of people who act in the wrong examples that Jimmy jokes about. Fingers crossed this isn’t the case.
Aside from that (and the really annoying woman who kept shouting out “Grant” at any opportunity), Jimmy Carr was great. The pace was fast and we were exhausted by the end of the show. And, of course, we got to hear that trademark inward laugh we’ve heard so many times on QI, Big Fat Quiz of the Year and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Thank you, Jimmy Carr.