Geoff James Nugent (born 14 February 1977), known professionally as Jim Jefferies (and previously Jim Jeffries), is an Australian stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. Born in Perth, Western Australia as Geoff James Nugent, he initially took the stage name Jim Jeffries but amended the last name to Jefferies to avoid confusion with a similarly named American performer. Jefferies first achieved international attention after he was attacked onstage while performing at the Manchester Comedy Store. At one time, Jefferies incorporated the incident, including its video recording, into his act: it can be seen on his 2008 DVD Contraband. He became well known in the US after his debut stand-up special on HBO. Jefferies has performed at numerous festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe, Just for Laughs Festival, South African Comedy Festival Cape Town, Reading and Leeds Festivals and the Glastonbury Festival. Jefferies has also performed spots on The World Stands Up, Comedy Blue and Edinburgh and Beyond for Comedy Central. On 3 March 2017, Comedy Central announced a new 10-episode weekly series, The Jim Jefferies Show. Jefferies, hosting the show, takes a look on culture and politics behind his desk, and travels around the world to tackle the week’s top stories and most controversial issues. The new series premiered on 6 June 2017.