'When you're sick so sad you cry, and in crying, cry a whole leopard from your eye.'
I bought myself a DVD today! Once again, I am a slave to amazon's will. But when they're having a sale and take 60% off a DVD of one of my all time favourite TV shows, then what can I do?
I was entirely happy when I realised that the series Jam had been released on DVD. OK, so it was released two years ago, but I wasn't really paying attention. It is now close enough in time, to me going home, that I'm having it sent to my home in the UK where it will await my return.
Jam is a very good comedy show (the line at the top of this post came from the radio series). It was shown on TV nigh on 5 years ago, and yet, to this day, remains one of the most innovative comedy programmes to be shown on TV.
But Jam is a weird beast, oh yes. It is odd, nay, far from odd. It is disturbing. Highly disturbing. So disturbing that you have to question whether it is in fact comedy that you are watching. You laugh, but you feel bad about laughing at what you see. And I'm not talking about League of Gentlemen style disturbing, that was much more tame than this. And yet, despite the questionable tone of all the sketches, it remains funny.
It is very much a work of Chris Morris. And I have to say that I don't understand any of his other comedy programmes, even his latest, Nathan Barley (which contained the members of the mighty boosh). But I do like Jam. The show also stars some actors/comedians who I really admire, those being; Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon (who both appeared in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, if only walking their dogs, and made me very happy) and Julia Davis.
Jam is unlike any sketch show I have seen before. It is certainly atmospheric; if by atmospheric you mean trippy. If you want an idea of what it is like, I think this site has downloads of all the bbc radio series 'blue jam' that came before the TV series. They have much the same tone, only less visuals.
But be warned! It is not for the easily offended (although part of me would love to have easily offended people listen to it just to see their reaction), it will disturb you, it will offend you, it might make you laugh. And if you are one of those that finds it funny, then boy is it good.
And to think this comes under the same genre as 'friends' and 'the vicar of dibley'!
So I'm excited about that. I haven't seen it in years! And it's only 7 pounds!
Also, this morning, I read all of the 'Ring 0 - Birthday' manga that I got for my birthday. It was sadly not as scary as I had hoped it would be, and I couldn't find myself to be too interested in this part of Sadako's backstory, and the art isn't anything special either. But it wasn't too bad, honest! A little interesting and a little freaky. Still, show me the film (ringu) any day, even now, years after I watched it, I still get scared. Especially in the shower.
Then ye are welcome...in blue jam...
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