Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Aristocrats!

Comedians are sick, sick individuals!

If you are offended easily – or not even that easily – if you get offended SOMETIMES then I suggest you just let the Aristocrats enjoy its few months at very limited theaters and pretend you don’t even know it exists. However, if you are difficult to offend and would like a look into the fraternity that is the comedian’s world, then you really need to check out this film!

The Aristocrats is a documentary about comics telling the same joke, over and over, and trying to out-do each other. The joke starts, “A man walks into a talent agent’s office and says, ‘have I got an act for you – it’s a family act!’ The talent agent says, ‘let me hear it!’” Then the comedian improvises and describes a family going on stage and doing the most despicable, disgusting, frightening, repulsive, lewd things that can come into his or her head. The punch line is always the same as the agent asks what the act is called, and the comedian says with glee, “The Aristocrats!”

Comedians Penn Gillette and Paul Provenza produced this film, which is about 90 minutes of interviews with famous comedians about this classic, inner-circle joke that has been around for years. Though the joke is rarely told on stage, there are a few comics that are bold enough to break into it. See the climactic, historical scene where Gilbert Gottfried uses it to save his ass. Gottfried thought that the Friar’s roast of Hugh Heffner, 2 months after 9/11, was an appropriate time to pull out jokes like, “I’m sorry I’m late – I missed my connecting flight at the Empire State Building.” Needless to say, he was getting booed. So, just for the hell of it, he broke into the Aristocrats, leaving Rob Schneider and Jimmy Kimmel literally rolling on the floor. After tons of filth and flarl and flarl and filth exited his mouth, Gottfried nonchalantly says, “I think they might have to edit this a little for TV,”

Comedians in this documentary include Sarah Silverman, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Dana Gould, Drew Cary, Larry Miller, Richard Jeni, Mario Cantone (impersonating Liza Minelli), Jake Johannsen, Phyllis Diller, Carrie Fisher, Hank Azaria, Dom Irrera, David Brenner, Kevin Pollack (impersonating Christopher Walken),Lewis Black, Judy Gold, George Carlin, Carrot Top, Andy Dick, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Paul Reiser, Billy the Mime (yes, a mime version of this joke), and, believe it or not, Bob Saget (plus others). Only a few actually tell their version of the joke, and you will see that Saget is clearly a disturbed man, like NOTHING you have ever seen on Full House or Funniest Videos! He is delightfully sinister and vile, and he will forever change the way you viewed him.

Yeah, it’s a sick world full of sick people, and I enjoy it quite a bit! In fact, I think I’ll enjoy the world’s dirtiest joke again sometime this week with my brother!

4.5 out of 5!


Collin said...

I want to see this movie so bad. SO BAD!

And if it can get me to like Bob Sagat, that's a miracle film.

Bill Purdy said...

Collin, you haven't been paying attention. A.V. Club (formerly The Onion A.V. Club) has this to say about Bob Saget's appearance in The Aristocrats: "...who at this point is nearly as famous for being a surprisingly raunchy comedian as he is for being a wholesome TV personality." That about hits the nail on the head, as Saget has spent the better part of the last decade shocking -- yes SHOCKING -- audiences everywhere with his exquisite sense of raunch. He even appeared this season on Entourage (and if you're missing that, you're missing the best thing on TV right now), warning his new movie star neighbor not to f*ck his daughters. Then he argues with the movie star about whether the movie star's more famous than he is, concluding that nobody's as famous as Bob Saget. Punch line: after Saget walks out, the movie star says to his buddies: "who the f*ck was that?"

If your reputation in Hollywood is so secure you can parody yourself on Entourage (this means you, too, Gary Busey), it's well-earned.

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