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The Aristocrats (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy | 2 September 2005 (USA)
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One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke--one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville.
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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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100 Comedians. One Very Dirty Joke. See more »


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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

Gross USA:

$6,377,461

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,809,089
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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to his biography, "I'm Chevy Chase and You're Not", Chevy Chase filmed a version of the joke as well. However, at the last second he decided not to sign the release form as he was afraid of what his daughters would think of the joke's content. 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

No animals were fucked during the making of this film. 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 »

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Referenced in On Cinema Film Guide (2013) See more »

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The punch line!
20 August 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"The Aristocrats", the hilarious documentary directed by Paul Provenza, and produced by, among others, Penn Jilette, is one of the funniest things about American stand up comedy, period! Mr. Provenza was able to amass some of the best exponents of this typical form of entertainment in which the classic joke is reinterpreted by whoever happens to be on the screen at any given moment.

Granted, this film is not for everyone who might object to be a witness a gross joke being told the way it's supposed to be told. It's a credit to Mr. Provenza and everyone involved in this project not to stray from the joke itself in all its exaggerated detail.

"The Aristocrats" is an excellent documentary that will be appreciated by all fans of comedy. The film is laugh riot because it comes out naturally with what appears to be an improvisational style. The joke being told for our benefit by some of the best talent performing today in this country.


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