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The Aristocrats -- One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke--one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville.


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100 Superstar Comedians. One Very Dirty Joke. See more »
One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke--one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Chris Albrecht ... Himself - HBO Chairman / CEO

Jason Alexander ... Himself

Hank Azaria ... Himself

Shelley Berman ... Himself
Steven Banks ... Billy the Mime (as Billy the Mime)

Lewis Black ... Himself

David Brenner ... Himself

Mario Cantone ... Himself

Drew Carey ... Himself

George Carlin ... Himself

Mark Cohen ... Himself

Scott 'Carrot Top' Thompson ... Himself (as Carrot Top)

Billy Connolly ... Himself

Pat Cooper ... Himself
Wayne Cotter ... Himself

Andy Dick ... Himself
Frank DiGiacomo ... Himself - Journalist

Phyllis Diller ... Herself

Susie Essman ... Herself

Carrie Fisher ... Herself
Joe Franklin ... Himself
Todd Glass ... Himself

Judy Gold ... Herself

Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself

Eddie Gorodetsky ... Himself

Gilbert Gottfried ... Himself

Dana Gould ... Himself - Writer / Producer

Allan Havey ... Himself

Eric Idle ... Himself

Dom Irrera ... Himself

Eddie Izzard ... Himself

Richard Jeni ... Himself
Jake Johannsen ... Himself
The Amazing Johnathan ... Himself (as Amazing Johnathan)
Alan Kirschenbaum ... Himself - Writer / Producer
Jay Kogen ... Himself - Writer / Producer
Sue Kolinsky ... Herself
Paul Krassner ... Himself - Satirist / Editor, 'The Realist'

Cathy Ladman ... Herself

Lisa Lampanelli ... Herself

Richard Lewis ... Himself
Wendy Liebman ... Herself

Bill Maher ... Himself

Howie Mandel ... Himself
Merrill Markoe ... Herself
Jay Marshall ... Himself

Jackie Martling ... Himself (as Jackie 'The Joke Man' Martling)

Chuck McCann ... Himself

Michael McKean ... Himself

Eric Mead ... Himself

Larry Miller ... Himself

Martin Mull ... Himself

Kevin Nealon ... Himself

Taylor Negron ... Himself
Otto Petersen ... Himself / George (as Otto)

Rick Overton ... Himself

Gary Owens ... Himself
Owen Morse ... Himself (as The Passing Zone)
Jonathan Wee ... Himself (as The Passing Zone)

Penn Jillette ... Himself (as Penn)

Teller ... Himself
Peter Pitofsky ... Himself

Emo Philips ... Himself

Kevin Pollak ... Himself

Paul Reiser ... Himself

Andy Richter ... Himself

Don Rickles ... Himself

Chris Rock ... Himself
Gregg Rogell ... Himself

Jeffrey Ross ... Himself
Jon Ross ... Himself

Rita Rudner ... Herself

Bob Saget ... Himself

T. Sean Shannon ... Himself - Writer / Producer, SNL

Harry Shearer ... Himself

Sarah Silverman ... Herself
Bobby Slayton ... Himself

Dick Smothers ... Himself (as The Smothers Brothers)

Tom Smothers ... Himself (as The Smothers Brothers)

Doug Stanhope ... Himself
Carrie Snow ... Herself

David Steinberg ... Himself

Jon Stewart ... Himself

Larry Storch ... Himself

Rip Taylor ... Himself

Dave Thomas ... Himself
Johnny Thompson ... Himself
Peter Tilden ... Himself

Bruce Vilanch ... Himself

Fred Willard ... Himself

Robin Williams ... Himself

Steven Wright ... Himself
Joe Garden ... Himself (Staff of the Onion)
Todd Hanson ... Himself (Staff of the Onion)
Tim Harrod ... Himself (Staff of the Onion)
Chris Karwowski ... Himself (Staff of the Onion)
Carol Kolb ... Herself (Staff of the Onion)
Maria Schneider ... Herself (The Onion Editorial Staff)

Trey Parker ... Cartman / Stan (voice)

Matt Stone ... Kyle / Kenny (voice)

Tim Conway ... Man in closing credits
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh M. Hefner ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jimmy Kimmel ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Paul Provenza ... Himself (uncredited)

Rob Schneider ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Provenza 
Produced by
Glenn S. Alai .... associate producer
Peter Adam Golden .... producer
Penn Jillette .... executive producer
Krasher Lewis .... co-producer (as Ken Krasher Lewis)
Michael Lynn .... associate producer
Paul Provenza .... executive producer
Farley Ziegler .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Gary Stockdale 
Film Editing by
Emery Emery 
Paul Provenza 
Production Management
Gregor Hutchison .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Stephen Barden .... sound re-recording mixer (as Steve Barden)
Penn Jillette .... sound recordist
Trent Richmond .... sound editor
Eric Wilson .... sound editor
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Matthew Harrold .... sound re-recording assistant (uncredited)
Jason Perreira .... re-recording assistant (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dean Cameron .... camera operator
Corneleus .... camera operator
Emery Emery .... camera operator
Michael Goudeau .... camera operator
Penn Jillette .... camera operator
Mike Jones .... camera operator
Michael Lynn .... camera operator
Rich Nathanson .... camera operator
Tristan Prescott .... camera operator
Paul Provenza .... camera operator
Spicoli .... camera operator
Colin Summers .... camera operator
Christian Tambur .... camera operator
Ezekiel Zabrowski .... camera operator
Emily Zolten .... camera operator (as Emily Zolten Jillette)
Editorial Department
Ed Rafferty .... on-line editor
Joanne Rourke .... color corrector
Emery Emery .... additional editor (uncredited)
Aristides Zamora .... color corrector (uncredited)
Music Department
Ralph Humphrey .... musician: The Aristo-Jazz Cats
Clay Jenkins .... musician: The Aristo-Jazz Cats
Alan Pasqua .... musician: The Aristo-Jazz Cats
Bob Sheppard .... musician: The Aristo-Jazz Cats
Andy Waterman .... music recordist
Ken Wild .... musician: The Aristo-Jazz Cats
Other crew
John Gordillo .... creative consultant
Jim Levi .... creative consultant
Tom Bergeron .... very special thanks
Beth Bernstein .... special thanks
Paul Boross .... very special thanks
Johnny Carson .... dedicatee
Mary Dimino .... special thanks
David Fincher .... special thanks
Hugh Fink .... very special thanks
Jen Foster-Hall .... special thanks
Alison Gale .... special thanks
Hank Gallo .... special thanks
Steve Garrin .... special thanks
Terry Gilliam .... very special thanks
Cruz Golden .... special thanks
Michael Greco .... special thanks
Jackie Green .... special thanks
Dave Harris .... special thanks
Carey Hoffman .... special thanks
J.R. Hughson .... special thanks
Ron Jeremy .... very special thanks
Kelli Kirkle .... special thanks
Steve Landesberg .... very special thanks
Henry Marsh .... very special thanks
Louis Nye .... very special thanks
Carole Propp .... special thanks
David Rose .... special thanks
Kim Scheinberg .... special thanks
Ronnie Schell .... very special thanks
Steve Schirripa .... very special thanks
Marla Schultz .... special thanks
Madeleine Smithberg .... special thanks
Marilyn Sokol .... very special thanks
Dee Dee Wilde .... special thanks
Glenn Wool .... very special thanks
Aristides Zamora .... special thanks
Emily Zolten .... special thanks (as Emily Zolten Jillette)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The @r!$t* (r@t$" - USA (promotional title)
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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Promos for this film promised a film with no violence or nudity but tons of bad language. However, Penn Jillette had to add blurring to the private parts of a "friend" sharing a jacuzzi with one of the comedians in order to fulfill this promise.See more »
[first lines]
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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46 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Almost an incredible film..., 20 August 2005
Author: Shaph from United States

After seeing "The Aristocrats" I found myself wondering if I truly enjoyed a film about the craziest joke in the world. The answer: Almost.

The film itself centers around a single premise: A joke with the punch line "The Aristocrats!" has existed for a long time, and many different comedians tell their versions and try to explain why the joke is funny, allowing reflection on what makes this particular joke so memorable and humorous.

Don't get me wrong. There are parts of this movie where I was having difficulty breathing due to the humor and the telling of "the joke." Some of the deliveries were flawless, executed with the aggressiveness and impartial judgment that have made some comedians famous.

But some comedians I didn't find funny. And their telling of "the joke" created another feeling inside me: How much longer is he going to try to make me laugh? And the problem here is that these parts of the movie are just very difficult to sit through. Using foul language and references to numerous taboos is one thing, but it hurts to listen to a comedian do it badly.

Ultimately, the comedians do a good job of explaining some of the finer nuances of "the joke", comedy in general, and its place in our lives. But the film spends more time on each comedians' angle with "the joke" than the development of why the joke is great. And I think the movie suffered from it. Listening to the philosophy of "the joke" was great; listening to bad comics preach the scripture was unbearable.

So the dilemma was created: I thought I enjoyed the film afterward, but I didn't know. After careful deliberation, I gave it a 7, losing 3 stars through the lack of developing more comedic philosophy and for the sometimes painfully unfunny moments a movie like this has in it.

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