Jan 19, 2008

The Day Today

This pleased me.
CHRIS MORRIS, the satirist whose television act features jokes about paedophilia, drugs, incest and rape, is to make a movie intended to show the funny side of terrorism.


It will use some real absurdities around Islamist terrorism as its basis. It cites Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the ringleaders of the September 11 attacks, who, after inviting a journalist to a secret location in Pakistan to record a tell-all interview about 9/11, spent two hours trying to select clothes that would avoid making him looking fat.

At terror training camps, young jihadists argue about honey, accidentally shoot off one another’s feet or get thrown out for smoking. Back in Britain, they spend evenings having rows over whose turn it is to do the washing-up.

As someone in the comments of the article points out it's a fairly brainless summation of the work of a comedian who has been fearlessly brilliant for over a decade. The Day Today not only continues to be some kind of comedic Nostradamus predicting the increasingly absurd lengths that television news is willing to go to to remain 'accessible', not only launched the magnificently incongruent careers of Steve Coogan and Patrick Marber, not only pretty much invented the faux docu-drama format that Ricky Gervais would be so lauded for later, but it also produced what I still find one of the funniest things in the world.

That is all. (for now.)

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