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Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette (one half of the hit duo Penn & Teller) and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends (who happen to be some of the biggest names in entertainment, from George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Carey to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman) to reminisce, analyze and deliver their own versions of the worlds dirtiest joke, an old burlesque routine too extreme to be performed in public, called The Aristocrats. One of the smash hits of the 2005 Sundance film festival, this critically acclaimed, star-studded comedy extravaganza, which celebrates the art of improvisation and the finest (and most foul mouthed) traditions of stand up, is sure to stretch the limits of its audience, particularly for how loud and how long they can laugh.
"A master class in comedy" -- TIME
"An uproarious dissection of a notorious dirty joke told by a retinue of famous comedians." -- The New York Times
"Raucous and raunchy...a hilarious deconstruction of the filthiest joke ever told as interpreted by more than 100 comedians." -- Premiere
"Without a second of nudity, this is the filthiest movie youll ever see!" -- E! Online
"Youll laugh till it hurts." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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Throughout the film, famous and not so famous comics tell the story, each in his own way. For example, surreal humorist Steven Wright tells a surreal version. George Carlin of the "seven dirty words" fame arguably tells the most unforgettably gross version. Sarah Silverman dramatizes the story by making herself into the victim of the obscene action.
In one of the most powerful scenes, Gilbert Gottfried's performance of the Aristocrats at a gala that was held shortly after the 9/11 attack revealed this joke's sub-cultural significance to a wider audience for the first time, but more importantly reaffirmed that we could still laugh. Gottfried had started off with a joke about flying at which the audience indicated they regarded jokes about airplane disasters as being in bad taste. "It's too soon," someone called. "You want to hear a joke that is in bad taste?" asked Gottfriend. Whereupon he launched into an impromptu telling of the Aristocrats. About half of the audience were professional comics who recognized it, and they were rolling on the floor. The rest of the audience had never heard it before, and were both shocked and caught up in Gottfried's telling. (Could anything shock the late Hugh Hefner? Evidently, this joke did.)
If you are intrigued, now, and want to hear the joke, just watch this movie. It is the ultimate dirty joke, though, and you have been warned.
Some of them mentioned the best telling of the joke they ever heard was Gilbert Gottfried at a roast for Hugh Hefner in NYC, not long after the twin trade tower attacks. Shortly before the joke, he tried to tell a joke involving using the Empire State Building as a reference point for a flight. The audience had a negative reaction: some groaned and somebody yelled, "too soon!" This was so recent, nobody had yet dared to incorporate it into a joke. So Gottfried immediately dropped that, and launched into his version of "The Aristocrats". His delivery was so funny that he literally had some of the audience fallilng off their chairs laughing, or unable to catch their breath with tears streaming down their cheeks. Great recovery and a smash success.
It illustrates some things about this joke in particular and also jokes in general. They tend to make fun of things that are inherently, at least to some degree, painful or uncomfortable. Easier when the painful was experienced mainly by yourself; more dangerous when it relates to other people too. The teller has to know how far he or she can push the limits of a comfort zone, without the audience turning from amused to disgusted or angered.
One reason I love Gottfried's style is that he's able to describe the most graphic, potentially disgusting things almost like an insurance agent trying to sell you a policy. Both the incongruity of this, and the de-fanging of some of the offensiveness, (plus his expressions, the very sound of his voice, his gesturing, all of which make him funny for those who appreciate his style) are put to full use with the joke.
You want to hear the joke told well? Watch Gilbert Gottfried: Dirty Jokes. I don't think it's exactly the Hugh Hefner roast, but it's very funny. You want to hear an intelligent discussion of jokes by comedians, then watch "The Aristocrats".
Be aware that versions of the joke range from merely crude to profoundly obscene so there is a segment of the population (like my 95 year old aunt) who would not be amused. I certainly was, though.
When I received the movie, I realized that I ordered the wrong one. I looked at the case and apologized to the children for getting them a movie about a dog instead. Reluctantly they went upstairs and watched it.
It was a hit.
I could hear them laughing all the way downstairs. All of their friend gave the movie their resounding approval the next morning. After seeing and hearing their sheer, unbridled elation; I could not wait to watch the movie for myself. Unfortunately (really, fortunately) the movie's message of generosity moved my children to GIVE the movie to one of their poorer friends. I did not get to watch the movie and it still managed to move me to tears.
God bless you, George Carlin.