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Jimmy Carr begins new Netflix special with trigger warning about rape jokes: ‘This show contains jokes about terrible things’

Jimmy’s new special arrives on Christmas Day (Picture: Netflix)

Jimmy Carr is returning to Netflix with a new special on Christmas Day, and it begins with a trigger warning about rape jokes.

The comedian’s new show, His Dark Material, starts out with a message about the ‘terrible things’ the comedian jokes about during the hour-long performance.

‘Before we start, a quick trigger warning,’ the 49-year-old says, in front of a live crowd in Southend-on-Sea.

‘This show contains jokes about terrible things. Terrible things that may have affected you and the people that you love.’

He goes on to say: ‘But these are just jokes. They’re not the terrible things. There’s a huge difference between doing a joke about a rape, and doing a rape. I f****** hope.’

Jimmy’s new show sees him serve up quick-fire jokes, focusing on the kinds of dark subjects fans will be familiar with and even calls some of the jokes in the set ‘career enders’.

The comedian launched a blistering attack on the unvaccinated fans at his own show during the special, encouraging sceptics of the jab to slap themselves around the face.

It comes after the comedian slammed cancel culture in a recent documentary, calling it the modern equivalent of book burning.

The comedian appeared in the Channel 4 programme Cancelled, hosted by Richard Bacon. The show takes a look at how lives and reputations can be changed overnight on social media, while also contemplating the nature of free speech.

Jimmy was asked whether there were jokes he wrote 15 years ago that he would no longer perform, or whether the threat of cancel culture had changed the way he writes comedy during the programme.

‘I think [cancel culture] is the new book burning,’ he said, discussing the issue. ‘Cancelling someone on Twitter now is the new burning their book.’

Jimmy also recently revealed he wakes up to a panic attack every morning following his tax avoidance scandal in 2012.

The comic had come under fire in 2012 after he was accused of being part of a tax avoidance scheme, which he then pulled out of and apologised for a ‘terrible error of judgment.’

Speaking to Jay Rayner on his podcast Out To Lunch, Jimmy confirmed he still has the panic attacks.

Asked if he had one that morning, he went on: ‘Yeah. I wake up with a bit of a start.

‘People deal with harder things… I think my stage persona would lead you to believe that this guy doesn’t give a f**k cause you’re doing one liners on stage, you’re in a certain mode when you’re doing that and it’s a status thing on stage. But actually, it was a really horrible thing to go through.’

Jimmy Carr: His Dark Material is available to stream on Netflix from December 25.

 


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