I haven’t really paid much attention to British stand-up aside from Eddie Izzard’s now classic shows (e.g., Death Star canteen) and Ricky Gervais’ recent release, but I can now say Jimmy Carr is in the picture. He just released a live DVD only available in the UK which seems to be edited down from a longer show.
On the surface, there are those cliché dad puns (“stationary store moves”, “dwarf shortage”), a sequence of your-mom-is-so-fat one-liners, and the typical comedian response to jeering, “I don’t come to your work and knock the sailor cocks out of your mouth”. He also takes a cue from Demetri Martin with a section of wordplay, complete with diagrams.
But he really shines in going the South Park route of over-the-top tongue-in-cheek offensiveness, but it’s completed by crowd participation. It’s obvious only the best interactions were included where he uses wit and charisma to mock the audience while keeping them along with him. The 90 minute runtime might wear down the conservative with a constant barrage of gags involving rape, pedophilia, sexual dysfunction, mockery of the mentally disabled (see above), and misogyny, amongst other sunny themes. In the encore, Jimmy attempts to offend as many people in the audience with a series of escalating jokes, so of course the Holocaust is busted out. It’s a gas.