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* ''Series/{{Jam}}'': The surrealist BlackComedy series.

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* ''Series/{{Jam}}'': The surrealist DeadBabyComedy series.

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* ''Series/{{Jam}}'': The surrealist DeadBabyComedy BlackComedy series.
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* ''Series/{{Jam}}'' The surrealist DeadBabyComedy series.

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* ''Series/{{Jam}}'' ''Series/{{Jam}}'': The surrealist DeadBabyComedy series.
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[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jam_2323.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:200: Jaaaaaaaam.]]

--> ''When dancing, lost in techno trance, arms failing, gawky Bez, then find you snagged on frowns, and slowly dawns, you're jazzing to the beep tone of a life support machine, that marks the steady fading, of your day old baby daughter. And when midnight sirens, lead to blue flash road mash, stretchers covered heads, and slippy red macadam, and find you creeping 'neath the blankets, to snuggle close a mangled bird, hoping soon you too will be freezer drawed. Then welcome, ooh blue chemotherapy wig, welcome in Jaaaaaaaam.''

From the creator of ''BrassEye'' and ''TheDayToday'' came ''Jam'', a SketchComedy show with a difference. A unique combination of filming techniques and ambient music were used to create the sensation of the viewer being on drugs. At least one memorable piece was 'filmed' via security cameras and a double to blur the line between 'reality' and 'sketch' even further. There were no ad breaks, no canned laughter and no closing credits, all of which, it was felt, would ruin the mood of the show. It just faded in www.jamcredits.com for a few seconds. ChrisMorris wrote and produced it and appeared in some of the skits.

Notable for its heavy use of DeadBabyComedy; we're talking seriously deranged stuff here. Nothing was taboo, not even the literal dead baby.

Best remembered for:

* The said Dead Baby sketch, where a deranged mother hires a plumber to "repair" her deceased offspring to working order.
* A man calls out a hired 'cleaner'/killer who turns out to be a six-year-old girl.
* A very lonely woman goes to extreme lengths to make friends. She even dresses as a police officer, pretends that a man has died, then invites his grieving mother to the theatre that evening.
* Several sketches about a highly eccentric doctor.
* Mr Ventham: A man who visits what seems to be an expensive therapist, only to ask really obvious advice: "I can't find my wallet?" ... "It's probably on one of the surfaces."
* The suicidal man who jumps off of a one-story drop forty times, in case he changes his mind.

If you were looking for the post-apocalyptic novel of the same name by [[BenCroshaw Ben "Yahtzee Croshaw]], then you can find it [[Literature/{{Jam}} here]].
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!!'''Jam provides examples of the following. Help yourself to a shoe wire if you'd like sir:'''

* AbsurdityAscendant
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale - Not sure whether it's been played straight or subverted in the sketch where a woman beguiles a man into groping her, culminating in him being arrested for sexual assault... with mutual consent.
* AbusiveParents - The couple convinced their daughter is a 40-year-old man in a little girl's body, so they've fitted her with a penis and testicles themselves.
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral - The sketch where a middle-aged man decides to be buried alive rather than die in his old age, and sits up in the coffin to enjoy his own funeral before the burial service takes place.
* BlackComedy
* BlackComedyRape: A woman thinks her partner's cheating on her, but he states he was "just" ''raping'' the woman he had been seen with. So it's okay.
* BoysLove - Subverted with the men kissing in the pub. When they tell their wives they've found something out about each other, the women brush it off.
* BritishBrevity
* DeadBabyComedy (but of course)
* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Played painfully straight in the sketch where the couple are discussing their fantasies, one of which involves her having sex with her husband after he pretends to have been gang-raped.
* DVDBonusContent - mercilessly mocked with the DVD release. The "extras" include a "play all at once" feature (which yields stills from all six episodes, the ThamesTelevision fanfare and the word "WHY?"... as well as a bona fide, if rather odd, bonus scene), an option for "Undeleted Scenes" which merely tells you to go down to the shop you got the DVD from and complain loudly and profanely about the DVD not having any undeleted scenes, and a version of each episode that has been digitally altered in such a way as to make it entirely unwatchable (for example, shrunk down to a tiny size and bouncing around the screen.)
* LonersAreFreaks - one sketch features a woman who deliberately causes accidents and does other upsetting things so she can spend time with the people she's hurt/upset, with the implication that nobody else will do so.
* MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext
* MindScrew - Look at the examples above and tell me I'm wrong.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed - Averted, hard, as is Morris' style. A fake [[AcceptableTargets Kilroy]] is shown to gave gone insane and is running around naked in a shopping centre, urinating on a window containing a television displaying his face. Fake Richard Madeley is shown beating up an innocent cleaner and having sex with a coffee machine.
--> '''Narration:''' ''Today...we saw Richard Madeleyyy...beating up a cleaneeerrr...and later being apprehended...for fucking a coffee machiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii­iiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeee­eee...''
* ObstructiveBureaucrat - "Mr. Lizard", who installs a television in a couples' home which inexplicably begins spewing lizards, then denies all responsibility - suggesting that the cable company are sending the lizards down the wire while repeating "it's nothing to do with me" and taunting the pair.
* OverlyLongGag - a couple.
* ParentalIncest - PlayedForLaughs with the mother of a child who apparently has a gay friend. Whilst the father has sex with the friend to keep him away from their son, she has sex with her son (in disguise as a "younger lady", who he thinks is a prostitute) "to keep him interested in ladies."
* ParentalNeglect: PlayedForLaughs with a couple who realise one evening that their kid hasn't come home from school. They wonder what to do about it, make a phone call and find out that he got into someone's car, but nobody's sure whose. They decide he was "probably" going to a friend's house, and go back to reading the paper. In a couple of follow-on sketches they become vaguely aware that nobody's seen their kid for days, and eventually they get a phone call from the police, who've [[FinallyFoundTheBody discovered their son's body]]. They thank the police for sorting the whole thing out, and go back to reading the paper.
* ProductionPosse: Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Amelia Bullmore, Julia Davis and David Cann, who have all worked on several of Morris' other projects.
* ProfessionalKiller - subverted with the six-year-old "cleaner"
** TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour
* SerialEscalation- "Shit your leg off! Make it green!"
* SoundToScreenAdaptation - Many sketches were directly taken from Morris's radio show ''Blue Jam''. Some of them clearly used the original recording with the actors miming to the lines, giving an even more unsettling feel to the scene.
* StupidCrooks: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6p5ORHRnXs#t=03m37s This sketch]] features a man holding up a convenience store in order to ''buy'' a pack of cigarettes. Apparently, the gun he points at the store clerk was to make sure that he got back change. The clerk tells the man with the gun that he doesn't need to pay for the cigarettes, and the man thinks of this as some sort of unexpected thrill.
** Not to mention [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=453KDsPyqZc this guy]] who tries to hold up an off license with a gun hidden in his stomach which he fires... out through his own spine, killing himself and the woman behind him in the queue.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y0IqAeuuuY Or this bungled convenience store hold up]] where the would-be antagonist forgets to bring the axe he was meant to be threatening people with (which he ''had'' brought with him on previous trips to said store).
* SurrealThemeTune - No real theme tune, but every episode would begin with Chris Morris delivering a rambling monologue that had seemingly little to do with the show, and ending with "Then welcome... in Jaaaammmm"; see page quote.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour - Maria, the six-year-old assassin
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs - It's batshit hatstand insane in every way possible.
** The sketch where a semi-naked man and a woman run through a forest around police officers singing "Mah Na Mah Na", while a dead body is found. They then proceed to sit on the body to squeeze out a noise into a bass clarinet in time with the music. Yeah...
** Not only is the source material, editing, soundtrack and general ambience extremely tripped out and unsettling, there's also the video remix version "Jaaaam" which is the same footage, but with each scene put through various visual filters - pixelation, solarisation, all sorts. It's ''extremely'' hard to watch in a darkened room and still feel sober.
* YourCheatingHeart - The sketch where a midwife seduces a patient's husband and has sex with him in another room while the woman is giving birth

!!Lovely shoe wire sir.
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[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jam_2323.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:200: Jaaaaaaaam.]]

--> ''When dancing, lost in techno trance, arms failing, gawky Bez, then find you snagged on frowns, and slowly dawns, you're jazzing to the beep tone of
This is a life support machine, that marks the steady fading, of your day old baby daughter. And when midnight sirens, lead to blue flash road mash, stretchers covered heads, and slippy red macadam, and find you creeping 'neath the blankets, to snuggle close a mangled bird, hoping soon you too will be freezer drawed. Then welcome, ooh blue chemotherapy wig, welcome in Jaaaaaaaam.''

From the creator of ''BrassEye'' and ''TheDayToday'' came ''Jam'', a SketchComedy show with a difference. A unique combination of filming techniques and ambient music were used to create the sensation of the viewer being on drugs. At least one memorable piece was 'filmed' via security cameras and a double to blur the line between 'reality' and 'sketch' even further. There were no ad breaks, no canned laughter and no closing credits, all of which, it was felt, would ruin the mood of the show.
disambiguation page.

It just faded in www.jamcredits.com for a few seconds. ChrisMorris wrote and produced it and appeared in some of the skits.

Notable for its heavy use of DeadBabyComedy; we're talking seriously deranged stuff here. Nothing was taboo, not even the literal dead baby.

Best remembered for:

can refer to:
* ''Literature/{{Jam}}'': The said Dead Baby sketch, where a deranged mother hires a plumber to "repair" her deceased offspring to working order.
* A man calls out a hired 'cleaner'/killer who turns out to be a six-year-old girl.
* A very lonely woman goes to extreme lengths to make friends. She even dresses as a police officer, pretends that a man has died, then invites his grieving mother to the theatre that evening.
* Several sketches about a highly eccentric doctor.
* Mr Ventham: A man who visits what seems to be an expensive therapist, only to ask really obvious advice: "I can't find my wallet?" ... "It's probably on one of the surfaces."
* The suicidal man who jumps off of a one-story drop forty times, in case he changes his mind.

If you were looking for the post-apocalyptic
novel of the same name by [[BenCroshaw Ben "Yahtzee Croshaw]], then you can find it [[Literature/{{Jam}} here]].
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!!'''Jam provides examples of the following. Help yourself to a shoe wire if you'd like sir:'''

Croshaw.
* AbsurdityAscendant
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale - Not sure whether it's been played straight or subverted in the sketch where a woman beguiles a man into groping her, culminating in him being arrested for sexual assault... with mutual consent.
* AbusiveParents -
''Series/{{Jam}}'' The couple convinced their daughter is a 40-year-old man in a little girl's body, so they've fitted her with a penis and testicles themselves.
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral - The sketch where a middle-aged man decides to be buried alive rather than die in his old age, and sits up in the coffin to enjoy his own funeral before the burial service takes place.
* BlackComedy
* BlackComedyRape: A woman thinks her partner's cheating on her, but he states he was "just" ''raping'' the woman he had been seen with. So it's okay.
* BoysLove - Subverted with the men kissing in the pub. When they tell their wives they've found something out about each other, the women brush it off.
* BritishBrevity
*
surrealist DeadBabyComedy (but of course)
* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Played painfully straight in the sketch where the couple are discussing their fantasies, one of which involves her having sex with her husband after he pretends to have been gang-raped.
* DVDBonusContent - mercilessly mocked with the DVD release. The "extras" include a "play all at once" feature (which yields stills from all six episodes, the ThamesTelevision fanfare and the word "WHY?"... as well as a bona fide, if rather odd, bonus scene), an option for "Undeleted Scenes" which merely tells you to go down to the shop you got the DVD from and complain loudly and profanely about the DVD not having any undeleted scenes, and a version of each episode that has been digitally altered in such a way as to make it entirely unwatchable (for example, shrunk down to a tiny size and bouncing around the screen.)
* LonersAreFreaks - one sketch features a woman who deliberately causes accidents and does other upsetting things so she can spend time with the people she's hurt/upset, with the implication that nobody else will do so.
* MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext
* MindScrew - Look at the examples above and tell me I'm wrong.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed - Averted, hard, as is Morris' style. A fake [[AcceptableTargets Kilroy]] is shown to gave gone insane and is running around naked in a shopping centre, urinating on a window containing a television displaying his face. Fake Richard Madeley is shown beating up an innocent cleaner and having sex with a coffee machine.
--> '''Narration:''' ''Today...we saw Richard Madeleyyy...beating up a cleaneeerrr...and later being apprehended...for fucking a coffee machiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii­iiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeee­eee...''
* ObstructiveBureaucrat - "Mr. Lizard", who installs a television in a couples' home which inexplicably begins spewing lizards, then denies all responsibility - suggesting that the cable company are sending the lizards down the wire while repeating "it's nothing to do with me" and taunting the pair.
* OverlyLongGag - a couple.
* ParentalIncest - PlayedForLaughs with the mother of a child who apparently has a gay friend. Whilst the father has sex with the friend to keep him away from their son, she has sex with her son (in disguise as a "younger lady", who he thinks is a prostitute) "to keep him interested in ladies."
* ParentalNeglect: PlayedForLaughs with a couple who realise one evening that their kid hasn't come home from school. They wonder what to do about it, make a phone call and find out that he got into someone's car, but nobody's sure whose. They decide he was "probably" going to a friend's house, and go back to reading the paper. In a couple of follow-on sketches they become vaguely aware that nobody's seen their kid for days, and eventually they get a phone call from the police, who've [[FinallyFoundTheBody discovered their son's body]]. They thank the police for sorting the whole thing out, and go back to reading the paper.
* ProductionPosse: Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Amelia Bullmore, Julia Davis and David Cann, who have all worked on several of Morris' other projects.
* ProfessionalKiller - subverted with the six-year-old "cleaner"
** TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour
* SerialEscalation- "Shit your leg off! Make it green!"
* SoundToScreenAdaptation - Many sketches were directly taken from Morris's radio show ''Blue Jam''. Some of them clearly used the original recording with the actors miming to the lines, giving an even more unsettling feel to the scene.
* StupidCrooks: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6p5ORHRnXs#t=03m37s This sketch]] features a man holding up a convenience store in order to ''buy'' a pack of cigarettes. Apparently, the gun he points at the store clerk was to make sure that he got back change. The clerk tells the man with the gun that he doesn't need to pay for the cigarettes, and the man thinks of this as some sort of unexpected thrill.
** Not to mention [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=453KDsPyqZc this guy]] who tries to hold up an off license with a gun hidden in his stomach which he fires... out through his own spine, killing himself and the woman behind him in the queue.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y0IqAeuuuY Or this bungled convenience store hold up]] where the would-be antagonist forgets to bring the axe he was meant to be threatening people with (which he ''had'' brought with him on previous trips to said store).
* SurrealThemeTune - No real theme tune, but every episode would begin with Chris Morris delivering a rambling monologue that had seemingly little to do with the show, and ending with "Then welcome... in Jaaaammmm"; see page quote.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour - Maria, the six-year-old assassin
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs - It's batshit hatstand insane in every way possible.
** The sketch where a semi-naked man and a woman run through a forest around police officers singing "Mah Na Mah Na", while a dead body is found. They then proceed to sit on the body to squeeze out a noise into a bass clarinet in time with the music. Yeah...
** Not only is the source material, editing, soundtrack and general ambience extremely tripped out and unsettling, there's also the video remix version "Jaaaam" which is the same footage, but with each scene put through various visual filters - pixelation, solarisation, all sorts. It's ''extremely'' hard to watch in a darkened room and still feel sober.
* YourCheatingHeart - The sketch where a midwife seduces a patient's husband and has sex with him in another room while the woman is giving birth

!!Lovely shoe wire sir.
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21st Nov '12 2:55:18 AM 05tele
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* ParentalNeglect: PlayedForLaughs with a couple who realise one evening that their kid hasn't come home from school. They wonder what to do about it, make a phone call and find out that he got into someone's car, but nobody's sure whose. They decide he was "probably" going to a friend's house, and go back to reading the paper. In a couple of follow-on sketches they become vaguely aware that nobody's seen their kid for days, and eventually they get a phone call from the police, who've [[FinallyFoundTheBody discovered their son's body]]. They thank the police for sorting the whole thing out, and go back to reading the paper.
10th Nov '12 7:55:13 PM Aiguille
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* CareerKillers - subverted with the six-year-old "cleaner"
** TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour


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* ProfessionalKiller - subverted with the six-year-old "cleaner"
** TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour
7th Nov '12 11:19:32 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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If you were looking for the post-apocalyptic novel of the same name by [[BenCroshaw Ben "Yahtzee Croshaw]], then you can find it [[Literature/{{Jam}} here]].
15th Jun '12 5:36:19 PM jkazoo
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** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y0IqAeuuuY Or ''another'' bungled convenience store hold up]] where the would-be antagonist forgets to bring the axe he was meant to be threatening people with (which he ''had'' brought with him on previous trips to said store).

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** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y0IqAeuuuY Or ''another'' this bungled convenience store hold up]] where the would-be antagonist forgets to bring the axe he was meant to be threatening people with (which he ''had'' brought with him on previous trips to said store).
15th Jun '12 5:35:20 PM jkazoo
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** Not to mention the guy who tries to hold up an off license with a gun hidden in his stomach which he fires... out through his own spine, killing himself and the man behind him in the queue.
** Or ''another'' bungled convenience store hold up where the would-be antagonist forgets to bring the axe he was meant to be threatening people with.

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** Not to mention the guy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=453KDsPyqZc this guy]] who tries to hold up an off license with a gun hidden in his stomach which he fires... out through his own spine, killing himself and the man woman behind him in the queue.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y0IqAeuuuY Or ''another'' bungled convenience store hold up up]] where the would-be antagonist forgets to bring the axe he was meant to be threatening people with.with (which he ''had'' brought with him on previous trips to said store).
3rd Jun '12 2:31:40 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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-> '''Narration:''' ''Today...we saw Richard Madeleyyy...beating up a cleaneeerrr...and later being apprehended...for fucking a coffee machiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii­iiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeee­eee...''

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-> --> '''Narration:''' ''Today...we saw Richard Madeleyyy...beating up a cleaneeerrr...and later being apprehended...for fucking a coffee machiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii­iiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeee­eee...''



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