- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: British Film Institute (29 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844574792
- ISBN-13: 978-1844574797
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.7 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Known Cure: The Comedy of Chris Morris Paperback – 29 May 2013
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Edited collection of new essays by television and media experts on different aspects of Morris's celebrated but controversial work and its contemporary broadcasting contexts--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
JAMES LEGGOTT is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Northumbria. He is the author of
Contemporary British Cinema: From Heritage to Horror (2008) and co-editor of British Science Fiction Cinema and Television: Critical Essays (2011).
JAMIE SEXTON is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at the University of Northumbria. He has written on topics including
British avant-garde film-making, experimental British television and independent cinema. He co-edits (with Ernest Mathijs) the book
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This collection of essays on the much-venerated, little-analysed Chris Morris neatly avoids all this. While not making the fatal error of trying to lighten the tone because a comedian's being discussed (although there's a graph on page 114 that will make any Morris fan hoot), it largely manages to put the slipperiest of comic talents under the microscope without looking like someone, somewhere, has missed the joke in a big way. With the right approach, absurdity can be analysed.
No Known Cure is especially strong on Morris's almost legendary early radio work, the highly-regarded return to form that was Four Lions and, surprisingly, the tail-chasing Hoxton squib Nathan Barley. It never makes the mistake of venerating Morris as a genius apart who can do no wrong - a chapter focussing on the 2001 Brass Eye Special (to my mind the most over-rated of his programmes) looks not at the show itself, but its reflection in the distorting mirror of "Cultural Capital" (aka cultural snobbery) and draws some interesting conclusions.Read more ›
Don't expect a biography of Chris Morris; it's all pretty academic. If you want to know about how his comedy actually works the analysis is brilliant, particularly the chapter on post-irony in Nathan Barley.
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