For those of you who haven’t heard of it, The Aristocrats is a documentary by Penn Gillette and Paul Provenza about a single joke and it’s infinite combinations as it gets told and retold by generations of comedians and performers. Filthy, obscene, and easily the funniest movie to hit the theaters in the last 10 years, I can’t recommend this movie highly enough.
Though there are a few glaring (and strange) omissions, The Aristocrats uses nearly 100 performers to tell the history of the joke, and their own take on it. We’re talking mimes, jugglers, card sharks, vaudvillle, sitcom, stand-ups, actors..you name it. Though it’s not for the faint of heart, as evidenced by this clip of the South Park gang taking a whack at The Aristocrats.
(Really, really not safe for work.)
Sadly, the creators of the official movie site need to have their version of Flash taken away and burned, but give it a looky-loo to check out the list of performers who lend their time and talent to this movie, or play around with the soundboard. (and yeah..you might want to put some headphones on for that one.)
But back to the matter at hand: Go see this movie, if for no other reason than to say you saw a film in which Bob Saget and Gilbert Gottfried utterly dominated nearly every single comedian of note. (I have to give serious kudos to Sarah Silverman, whose take on the joke reaches new levels of depravity and wrongness.)
If you know some one who watches “Touched By An Angel”, bring ‘em along.