Wednesday, February 08, 2006


The Aristocrats

I watched The Aristocrats last night. For those of you who don't know, this is a documentary about a classic filthy joke, produced by Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) and Paul Provenza. In the movie, dozens of comedians tell their own versions of the joke, and analyze the joke in ways that only seriously funny people can. It doesn't get boring, because the structure of the joke allows each comic to tell it a different way.

If somebody tells you the joke, and you don't laugh, don't let that turn you away from watching this movie. Everybody agrees that the joke itself is not very good. What's great is what talented people can do with it. It can't simply be told—it has to be performed.

The documentary itself is good, but I enjoyed the bonus material on the DVD even more. If you rent it, don't skip the director commentary or the other special features.

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