Jimmy Carr has been branded ‘painfully unfunny’ by viewers after sharing a selection of his controversial jokes from his Netflix show as a plug for his US tour.
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In the clip, Jimmy compared the 2001 terror attacks in New York, which killed nearly 3,000 people, to when Zayn Malik left One Direction in 2015.
He said on the show A Netflix Is A Joke Festival: ‘What I say on stage tonight is hardly acceptable now. In ten years the king will have forgotten.
‘Now you may think this is crazy, but it is absolutely true. When Zayn left One Direction it was like 9/11 for me – I didn’t care either.
Backlash: Jimmy Carr has been branded ‘painfully unfunny’ by viewers after sharing a selection of his controversial jokes from his Netflix show as a plug for his US tour
‘Actually, I should have been on one of the planes on September 11, but the more interesting story is how I met Osama.
‘I see that there is a real generation gap. Some people look at me like, ‘9/11 is going on,’ and other people look at me like, ‘don’t take their name in vain.’
Other jokes in the three-minute clip included asking whether someone was in a controlling relationship and one-liners about paying for sex.
But the jokes also went unnoticed by those who watched the clip, with viewers calling the segment “cringe-inducing” and “trying too hard to be edgy.”
One wrote: ‘God he was so bad’ and ‘He fell off so bad, what is this’.
“The joke was so bad,” said another. “These were so cringe.”
“This is like a 14-year-old reddit trying standup” and “a lot of these jokes are him trying so hard to be edgy that it stops being funny.”
The joke caused controversy when the Netflix show aired in 2021.
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Not impressed: The jokes also went unnoticed by those who watched the clip, with viewers calling the segment “cringe-inducing” and “trying too hard to be edgy”
At the time, it came months after Jimmy stunned subscribers of the streaming giant when he made a shocking joke about Roma Gypsies and the Holocaust in last year’s special Jimmy Carr: His Dark Material.
Jimmy joked in his Netflix special last year that the “thousands of gypsies killed by the Nazis” were a “positive” effect of the Holocaust.
Channel 4 backed him after the prank when they announced he will present a new series of his game show I Literally Just Told You.
The broadcaster confirmed the star will host a further eight episodes of the series, which first aired last year, despite calls for it to be ‘cancelled’ in the wake of his controversial gaffe.
In an interview with Broadcast magazine, Channel 4 chief Ian Katz supported Jimmy’s controversial humor, saying: “I defend the rights of comedians to make offensive jokes and if they can’t do that then comedy is dead.”
‘Jimmy has not espoused any views that are contrary to the C4 values and just as we as a broadcaster exist to serve and represent a wide range of communities, we should always be home to the widest range of to vote.’
In a widely shared clip from his Netflix show, Jimmy joked about the horror of the Holocaust and “six million Jewish lives lost.”
To top it all off, he then made a disparaging comment about the death of thousands of Gypsies by the Nazis.
‘But they never mention the thousands of Gypsies murdered by the Nazis. No one ever wants to talk about that because no one ever wants to talk about the positives,” Carr joked to a laughing audience.
The joke caused widespread reaction and sparked a debate about racism and freedom of expression.