Chris Morris

Chris Morris


Christopher Morris, known as Chris Morris, is a British comedian, director, screenwriter and actor, born September 5, 1962 in Bristol. He is best known for his dark, surreal humor.

Christopher J Morris (born June 15, 1962) is an English comedian, writer, director, actor and producer. He is known for his dark humor, surrealism and controversial subject matter. He has been praised for his “uncompromising moralistic will” by the British Film Institute. In the early 1990s, Morris teamed up with his radio producer, Armando Iannucci, to create On the Hour, a news satire. This was developed into a television spin-off, The Day Today, which launched Steve Coogan’s career, and has since been hailed as one of the most important satirical shows of the 1990s. Morris developed the news format satiricals with Brass Eye, which ridiculed celebrities while focusing on themes such as crime and drugs. For many, the apotheosis of Morris’ career was a Brass Eye special, which dealt with the moral panic surrounding pedophilia. He quickly became one of the most criticized shows in British television history, leading the Daily Mail to describe him as “television’s most hated man”. Meanwhile, Morris’ postmodern sketch comedy and ambient music radio show Blue Jam, which had seen similar controversy to Brass Eye, helped him gain a cult following. Blue Jam was adapted into the TV series Jam, which some have hailed as “the most radical and original TV show to air in years,” and it won a BAFTA for Best Short Film after expanding a sketch of Blue Jam in My Wrongs 8245– 8249 and 117, starring Paddy Considine. This was followed by Nathan Barley, a sitcom written in collaboration with a then little-known Charlie Brooker that satirized hipsters, had low ratings, but found success when it was released on DVD. Morris followed that up by joining the cast of sitcom The IT Crowd, his first project in which he had neither written nor produced. In 2010, Morris made his first feature film, Four Lions, which satirized Islamic terrorism through a group of incompetent British Muslims. Reception of the film was largely positive, earning Morris his second BAFTA, for “Outstanding Debut”. Since 2012, he has directed four episodes of Iannucci’s political comedy Veep and has appeared on screen in The Double and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. His second feature, The Day Shall Come, premiered at South by Southwest on March 11, 2019. It was released in the US on September 27, 2019 by IFC Films and in the UK on October 11. , 2019 by Entertainment One. Chris Morris (satirist).



Morris was born in Colchester, Essex, to father Paul Michael Morris, a GP, and mother Rosemary Parrington and raised on a Victorian farm in the village of Buckden, Huntingdonshire, which he describes as “very drab”. He has two younger brothers, including director Tom Morris. From an early age he was a prankster, and also had a passion for radio. From the age of 10, he studied at Stonyhurst College, an independent Jesuit boarding school in Lancashire. He went to study zoology at the University of Bristol, where he obtained a 2: 1.

Radio career

After graduating, Morris pursued a career as a musician in various groups, for which he played bass guitar. . He then went to work for Radio West, a local radio station in Bristol. He then took an information internship with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, where he took advantage of access to editing and recording equipment to create elaborate parodies and parodies. He also spent time in early 1987 hosting an afternoon show from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and eventually ended up hosting the Saturday morning show IT In July 1987 he moved to BBC Radio Bristol to present his own No Known Cure show, which airs on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The show was surreal and satirical, with some bizarre interviews conducted with unsuspecting audience members. He was fired from Bristol in 1990 after “speaking in the news and making ridiculous noises”. In 1988, it also joined, upon its launch, Greater London Radio (GLR). He featured The Chris Morris Show on GLR until 1993, when a show was suspended after a skit aired involving a child “coming out” of celebrities. In 1991, Morris joined Armando Iannucci’s new parody project, On the Hour. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, he saw him work alongside Iannucci, Steve Coogan, Stewart Lee, Richard Herring and Rebecca Front. In 1992 Morris hosted Danny Baker’s Radio 5 Morning Edition for a week while Baker was on vacation. In 1994 Morris began a weekly evening show, the Chris Morris Music Show, on BBC Radio 1 alongside Peter Baynham and “The Man with a Cell Phone” Paul Garner. On the shows, Morris perfected the parody interview style that would become a central part of his Brass Eye program. That same year, Morris teamed up with Peter Cook (as Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling), in a series of improvised conversations for BBC Radio 3 titled Why Bother? .

Went to cinema and television

In 1994, a BBC 2 television series based on On the Hour aired as The Day Today. Today the day made Morris a star, and marked the television debut of Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge character. The show ended in style after just one series, with Morris winning the 1994 British Comedy Award for Best Newcomer for his lead role as Paxmanesque’s news anchor. In 1996, Morris appeared on The Time daytime show, The Place, posing as an academic, Thurston Lowe, in a discussion titled “Are British Men Lousy Lovers?”, But was discovered when a producer had alerted the show’s host, John Stapleton. In 1997, the black humor that had featured in On the Hour and The Day Today became more prominent in Brass Eye, another television news documentary aired on Channel 4. Brass Eye became known for inspiring celebrities and politicians to support public awareness campaigns for made-up issues that were often absurd or surreal (like a drug called cake and an elephant with its trunk stuck in its anus) . From 1997 to 1999 Morris created Blue Jam for BBC Radio 1, a surreal radio show that breaks taboos and takes place to an ambient soundtrack. In 2000, this was followed by Jam, a televised reshuffle. Morris released a “remix” version of it called Jaaaaam. In 2001, a special Brass Eye episode on the moral panic surrounding pedophilia drew a record number of complaints – the total remains the third highest on British television after Celebrity Big Brother 2007 and Jerry Springer: The Opera – as well that heated discussion in the press. Many plaintiffs, some of whom later admitted not having seen the show (including Beverley Hughes, a government minister), felt the satire was aimed at victims of pedophilia, which Morris denies. Channel 4 defended the show, insisting that the target was the media and its hysterical treatment of pedophilia, not victims of crime. In 2002 Morris ventured into film making the short film My Wrongs # 8245–8249 & 117, adapted from a Blue Jam monologue about a man lost by a sinister talking dog. It was the first film project of Warp Films, a branch of Warp Records. In 2002, he won the BAFTA for best short film. In 2005 Morris worked on a sitcom called Nathan Barley, based on the character created by Charlie Brooker for his website TVGoHome (Morris had contributed to TVGoHome on occasion, under the pseudonym “Sid Peach”). Co-written by Brooker and Morris, the series aired on Channel 4 in early 2005.

Post 2005:

Computer Crowd and Comedy Vehicle Morris was a cast member on The IT Crowd, a Channel 4 sitcom that focused on the IT department of fictional company Reynholm Industries. The series was written and directed by Graham Linehan (writer of Father Ted and Black Books, with whom Morris collaborated on The Day Today, Brass Eye and Jam) and produced by Ash Atalla (The Office). Morris played Denholm Reynholm, the eccentric CEO of the company. It is the first time that Morris has played an important role in a project that he did not develop himself. Morris’s character appeared to leave the show in episode two of the second series. His character made a brief comeback in the first episode of the third series. In November 2007, Morris wrote an article for The Observer in response to Ronan Bennett’s article published six days earlier in The Guardian. Bennett’s article, “Shame on Us,” accused novelist Martin Amis of racism. Morris’s response, “The Absurd World of Martin Amis,” was also very critical of Amis; Although he did not accede to Bennett’s charge of racism, Morris compared Amis to Muslim cleric Abu Hamza (who was jailed for inciting racial hatred in 2006), suggesting that the two men employ “a simulated scholarship, vitriol and decontextualized quotes from the Qur’an “to incite hatred. Morris was screenwriter for the 2009 series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, working with former colleagues Stewart Lee, Kevin Eldon and Armando Iannucci. He retained this role for the second (2011) and third series (2014), also appearing as a mock interviewer dubbed “the hostile interrogator” in the third and fourth series.

Four Lions, Veep and other appearances

Morris completed his feature debut Four Lions in late 2009, a satire based on a group of Islamist terrorists in Sheffield. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010 and was shortlisted for the festival’s World Cinema Narrative Award. The film (working title Boilerhouse) was picked up by Film Four. Morris told the Sunday Times that the film sought to do for Islamic terrorism what Dad’s Army, the classic BBC comedy, did for the Nazis by portraying them as “frightening but also ridiculous”. In 2012, Morris directed the seventh and penultimate episode of the first season of Veep, an American version conceived by Armando Iannucci of The Thick of It. In 2013, he returned to direct two episodes for the second season of Veep, and another episode for season three in 2014. In 2013, Morris appeared briefly in Richard Ayoade’s The Double, a dark comedy film about the basis of the Dostoyevsky novella of the same name. Morris had previously worked with Ayoade on Nathan Barley and The IT Crowd. In February 2014, Morris made a surprise appearance at the start of a Stewart Lee live show, presenting the comedian with fictional anecdotes about their work together. The following month Morris appeared in Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle Series 3 as a “Hostile Interrogator,” a role previously held by Armando Iannucci. In December 2014, it was announced that a brief radio collaboration with Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade would be broadcast on BBC Radio 6. According to Fielding, work had been ongoing since around 2006. However, in January 2015, it was decided, ‘in consultation with [Morris] ”, that the project was not yet completed and therefore the planned release has not taken place.

The Day Will Come

A statement released by Film4 in February 2016 referred to funding for what would be Morris’ second feature film. In November 2017, it was reported that Morris had filmed the film, starring Anna Kendrick, in the Dominican Republic, but the title was not released. It was then reported in January 2018 that Jim Gaffigan and Rupert Friend had joined the cast of the still-untitled film and that the plot would revolve around an FBI hostage situation gone awry. The completed film, titled The Day Shall Come, had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2019.


Morris often co-writes and performs incidental music for his TV shows, most notably with Jam and the ‘extended remix’ version. », Jaaaaam. In the early 1990s, Morris contributed a Pixies parody track titled “Motherbanger” on a flex disc distributed with an edition of the music magazine Select. Morris provided skits for British band Saint Etienne’s 1993 single “You’re in a Bad Way” (the sketch “Spongbake” appears at the end of the 4th track on the CD single). In 2000, he collaborated by email with Amon Tobin to create the track “Bad Sex”, which was released on the B side of Tobin’s single “Slowly”. British band Stereolab’s song “Nothing to Do with Me,” from their 2001 album Sound-Dust, featured various Chris Morris sketch lines as lyrics.


In 2003 Morris was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 Funniest Acts in British Comedy. In 2005, Channel 4 aired a show called The Comedian’s Comedian in which top comedy writers and performers ranked their 50 favorite acts. Morris was at eleven. Morris won the BAFTA for his outstanding debut with his film Four Lions. Adeel Akhtar and Nigel Lindsay received the award in his absence. Lindsay said Morris texted her before she picked up the award reading, “Sprayed on gas, Zippo ready.” In June 2012, Morris was ranked 16th in the Top 100 People in UK Comedy. In 2010, a biography, Disgusting Bliss: The Brass Eye of Chris Morris, was published. Written by Lucian Randall, the book portrays Morris as “brilliant but uncompromising”, and a “frenzied perfectionist”. In November 2014, a three-hour retrospective of Morris’s radio career was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra under the title ‘Raw Meat Radio’, presented by Mary Anne Hobbs and with interviews by Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham , Paul Garner and others.


Morris Award won the Best TV Comedy Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards in 1998 for his performance in The Day Today. He won two BAFTA awards: the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film in 2002 for My Wrongs # 8245–8249 & 117, and the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Director, Writer or Producer in 2011 for Four Lions.

Private life

Morris lives in Brixton with his wife, actress turned literary agent Jo Unwin. The couple met in 1984 at the Edinburgh Festival, when they played bass guitar for the Cambridge Footlights Revue and she was part of a comedy troupe called the Millies. They have two sons, Charles and Frederick, both born in Lambeth. Until the release of Four Lions he gave very few interviews and little had been published about Morris’s personal life. In 2010, he made numerous media appearances to promote and support the film, both in the UK and the US, appearing at one point as a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In 2019, two lengthy interviews with Morris conducted by fellow British comedian Adam Buxton for The Adam Buxton Podcast were published ahead of the release of Morris’ new film The Day Shall Come. Morris can be heard as himself in a 2008 podcast for CERN, being taken on a tour of the facility by physicist Brian Cox.

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