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The Aristocrats (2005)

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

Director:

Paul Provenza
6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Albrecht Chris Albrecht ... Himself - HBO Chairman / CEO
Jason Alexander ... Himself
Hank Azaria ... Himself
Shelley Berman ... Himself
Steven Banks 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 Wayne Cotter ... Himself
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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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No Nudity No Violence Unspeakable Obscenity See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The @r!$t* (r@t$ See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$243,796, 31 July 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,377,277, 22 January 2006
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Production Co:

Mighty Cheese Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Four featured performers have won Oscars: Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Sidney Sheldon, and Steven Wright. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

For Johnny Carson. See more »

Alternate Versions

The South Park segment of the Aristocrats joke, in the film, has a minor edit of the line "and the talent agent just sits there". Whereas the circulated internet version contains the whole line intact is "and the talent just sits there for the longest time". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Natalie Portman/Fall Out Boy (2006) See more »

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Meh.
7 May 2007 | by ntthfllshllngSee all my reviews

A documentary about an infamous joke that has done the rounds for decades amongst comedians but has rarely had a public airing. This is probably because, despite a roll call of some of comedy's biggest names, the joke just isn't very good, it's cult in-joke status can be the only reason for its longevity. This is however a likable film, which does have its funny moments, a particular highlight being the South Park telling of the joke, just don't believe the hyperbole of the DVD cover: "you'll laugh till it hurts" (rolling stone)... "one of the funniest movies ever" (hotdog)... "howlingly funny" (New York daily news) these people really should get out more.


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