No British comedy has ever come close to the controversy that the Chris Morris series Brass Eye kicked up in the late 90s. The original broadcast was postponed for six months due to legal concerns, hoodwinked celebrities were outraged they had been fooled into spearheading a campaign against a drug that didn’t even exist, and then Channel 4 head Michael Grade insisted that a sequence featuring a musical based on the life of the Yorkshire Ripper be cut out completely. Morris’s partner in crime during all this chaos was series director Michael Cumming, who will be joining us at the MAC this May to celebrate his work on the darker side of comedy.
This special evening will begin with a screening of Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes, a fascinating deep dive into the twisted world of Brass Eye that includes a number of never before seen outtakes and deleted scenes, plus the rare chance to see Chris Morris break character.
The second part of the screening will take the form of a Q&A with Michael, interspersed with a selection of clips from the comedy work he directed after Brass Eye, which includes such cult favourites as Rock Profile, Toast Of London and the deliciously dark BBC sketch show Snuff Box.
Warning! Contains scenes of celebrities being embarrassed, Matt Berry chewing scenery and clips from a British Gas corporate video.
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