The mind of Chris Morris leaks onto radio in this dark, dreamlike blend of low-key comedy and music. Featuring Julia Davis, Mark Heap and Kevin Eldon. From November 1997.
Imprisoned in the infinite misery jumper? Help is at hand. Chris Morris is here to help you wallow in the melancholy. This opening salvo from the voice of On The Hour and The Day Today features a doctor who kisses everything better, a discussion of who should fill your brain-plate and a gun-toting gibbon.
Immediately prior to Blue Jam, Chris Morris had caused a furore with Channel 4's Brass Eye. Yet Blue Jam managed to be a total departure from his previous work. Originally airing late at night on BBC Radio 1, it's a blend of ambient music, deadpan ( sometimes brutal ) sketches and offbeat monologues. A whole audio landscape of the subconscious, the ad-hoc low-fi sheen of production lending it a kind of verisimilitude.
In sharp contrast with the personality-led comedies of recent years, Blue Jam makes a virtue of anonymity. It's a surprise to learn who's in it, or that it is in part written by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews. Rightly winning a clutch of Sony Awards, it remains unique - nothing before or after was remotely like it.