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the blackest of humour,
By A Customer
This review is from: Blue Jam (Audio CD)
I remember seeing the Jam TV show when it was aired a while ago and thinking 'Yes, it's very good. Yes, it's daring. But, I'm afraid Chris Morris seems to have finally disappeared up his own arse just a little bit'.
After 'The Day Today' and 'Brass Eye', (Blue) Jam was the inevitable conclusion to the ever-darkening of the blackly-comic sketch. It seems that this is as dark as humour can get before being simply gratuitous - on occasion, the sketches simply weren't funny enough to support the blackness and just fell completely flat.
I'm glad I got this CD, as I never heard it on the radio. It includes some genuinely funny sketches from the TV show and apparently the best of the radio ones, too. The sketches are extremely tasteless and very funny, and the music complements them perfectly (especially if, like me, you are a fan of these artists already).
The sketches are funny mainly because they are depicted in such a surreal manner. Each show (and this CD) starts and ends with a couple of minutes of total gibberish, filled with stupid words that make you laugh inexplicably at complete nonsense. Most of the CD is funny BECAUSE it's so horrible and bizarre (ie phoning the cable repair man because lizards are coming out of the TV or the suicide journalist).
I'm sure I read an article somewhere in which Peter Baynham (co-writer and author of the some of the more controversial sketches) said that although Jam was funny, it would be really terrible if all comedy was like this. And it appeared to me that Morris himself was hinting that he's going to have to change direction a bit following Blue Jam.
If you liked Brass Eye etc, you aren't necessarily going to like this unless you appreciate very strange and very dark comedy. If you do, then this CD is an absolute must.