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The Aristocrats (2005)

Unrated | | Documentary, Comedy | 2 September 2005 (USA)
One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke--one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville.

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Chris Albrecht ...
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Steven Banks ...
Billy the Mime (as Billy the Mime)
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Wayne Cotter ...
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Storyline

Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette 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 and Drew Carey to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman--to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world's dirtiest joke, an old burlesque too extreme to be performed in public, called "The Aristocrats." Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A family walks into a talent agent's office. What happens next is . . . See more »


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2 September 2005 (USA)  »

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The @r!$t* (r@t$  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$243,796 (USA) (31 July 2005)

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$6,377,277 (USA) (22 January 2006)
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Terry Gilliam's interview was cut apparently because of an unforeseen sound error during the taping. He appears in the DVD extras, though, with voice-over from director Paul Provenza who first talks about their chat, and then adds he learned that "a director should always wear headphones". See more »

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George Carlin: The joke leads me down one path and then it switches the path on me suddenly and hits me with a hammer. It's just, "Here we go folks."
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Everyone listed in the credits under "Very Special Thanks" was interviewed for the film but did not make the final cut. See more »

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References Puppetry of the Penis: Live at the Forum (2012) See more »

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The Decline of Western Civilization, Pt.2
19 February 2006 | by (Olympia, Washington USA) – See all my reviews

I consider myself to be an open-minded progressive creative with an appreciation for creatives pushing the limit and telling it like it is. I'm not a prude. I'm a big fan of Margaret Cho. With that said, I find the Aristocrats' obsession with scatological bestiality and incest – all presented in a "humorous" context – to be insulting, demeaning, and not the least bit funny. It espouses the kind of humor indicative of a psychopathic juvenile delinquent. As many of the comedians in the film themselves admit – the Aristocrats just isn't funny. The film is not totally without merit, however. It is living proof of how psychopathically juvenile our culture can be. And that's just not funny.


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