Chris Morris’ TV sketch show Jam (2000), based on the radio sketch show Blue Jam, is not like other sketch shows. It’s much darker, dealing with topics like suicide and rape, but in a straight way that mimics dramas. It’s so dark, it almost passes through comedy and into unacceptably disturbing. I don’t like sketch shows very much, as much as I force-feed them to myself, but I may soon have the epiphany that sketch is too broad a genre to disregard entirely, and that there are genres within the format (because let’s face it, sketch is a format and not a genre) that are likable or unlikable to me. Jam might turn out to be the first I actually really like.
Plus, it stars Amelia Bullmore, David Cann, Julia Davis, Kevin Eldon, and Mark Heap from 16 years ago, which is kind of awesome.
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