The Aristocrats (2005)

PAUL PROVENZA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 2005.  Mighty Cheese Productions.  Produced by .  Music by .  Film Editing by , . New York Film Critics Awards 2005Online Film Critics Awards 2005.  

Paul Provenza interviews dozens of comedians about a famous joke, loved among comedians, that provides a sort of jazzy opportunity for performers to really shine. Each interview subject gives their own take on the anecdote, allowing for much variation in its interpretation before the purposely anticlimactic punch line. What’s most shocking, after you get through the incredible stream of cuss words and vile descriptions of bodily functions, is how very unfunny the joke really is…of course, that’s part of its charm (and purpose). Although somewhat tedious to sit through, this film does have its uptempo moments, such as ‘s interpretation of Liza Minnelli telling the joke, ‘s “autobiographical” version and scenes with comedians like , ,  and .

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