This week, all of us have the distinct displeasure of sitting through a Republican National Convention that is only one fawning sycophant after one other describing an alternate universe by which the president isn’t the worst. The entire (self-described) Republican nonplatform this 12 months is “[t]hat the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda.”
When all that binds you collectively is being a part of a cult of persona, and realizing it, and being happy with it, boy, there’s not much left to speak about. Even Fox News is sick of covering more or less the same speech repeated over and over by D-list Republicans and Trump family members. I suppose even should you like Donald Trump, sufficient is sufficient.
Fortunately, I’ve discovered the right factor to distract from the vapid RNC and the articles from all of the poor political reporters who should preserve arising with new methods to put in writing the story, “These People Really, Really Like Donald Trump.” It’s comic Jim Jefferies’s new podcast, I Don’t Know About That with Jim Jefferies!
When I wrote about Jim before, in late April of this 12 months, I expressed hopes of going to a Jim Jefferies show as soon as issues reopened, which appeared virtually a pending inevitability as of late April. Well, apparently my hopes have been a bit before its time. But within the meantime, Jim got here by means of with some basic Jim Jefferies-style enjoyment to assist preserve us motivated throughout this pandemic (and to make himself some cash hawking manscaping merchandise and residential delivery gear and different pandemic necessities whereas he’s not on the street doing standup).
The fundamental premise of the presentation is easy. The title, I Don’t Know About That, refers to a great line to say to that jackass at a celebration spouting a bunch of nonsense, earlier than you casually stroll away. In the opening minutes of each episode, Jim performs the titular jackass. He first tries to guess the subject of the episode based mostly on little greater than the looks and environment of the invited topical knowledgeable, who’s showing on a videoconferencing display. Then, Jim rambles off every little thing he purports to know in regards to the given matter, a few of it utter gibberish, a shocking quantity moderately spot-on, however all of it hilarious. Jim is graded on his recitation of information, and eventually the topical knowledgeable units Jim straight on a couple of issues in an hour-long dialog. Jim’s sidekicks Kelly Blackheart and Forrest Shaw occasional bounce in to comedically lacerate him, and each every so often, assistant Jack Hackett involves Jim’s help. All in all, a reasonably good solution to spend an hour to 90 minutes.
The first episode came out on May 4, and in simply under 4 months, Jim has lined matters starting from the War on Drugs to bees. The breadth of the matters, and the depth of every episode, are notably soothing antidotes to the one-trick pony that’s the RNC this week. It’s additionally good to take heed to a show what place individuals, you recognize, acknowledge each the worth of experience and the truth that they don’t know as much a couple of given matter as somebody who has spent years finding out it. Plus everybody on the presentation appears to be really having a great time studying about stuff, which is, I suppose, acceptable for an enjoyment podcast.
So, should you haven’t listened to I Don’t Know About That but, now’s the right time to catch up — the episodes are largely evergreen, you received’t have missed much by being late to the occasion. Do your self a favor (and do me one whilst you’re at it, I actually hope Jim can preserve making this podcast), and provides I Don’t Know About That with Jim Jefferies a strive.
Jonathan Wolf is a litigation affiliate at a midsize, full-service Minnesota agency. He additionally teaches as an adjunct writing professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, has written for all kinds of publications, and makes it each his enterprise and his pleasure to be financially and scientifically literate. Any views he expresses are most likely pure gold, however are nonetheless solely his own and shouldn’t be attributed to any group with which he’s affiliated. He wouldn’t need to share the credit score anyway. He may be reached at email@example.com.