Da Ali G Show - The Complete First Season
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Da Ali G Show - The Complete First Season

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Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Steve Ellington

     
 
Sacha Baron Cohen's Da Ali G Show consisted of the talented actor playing three different fictional characters who managed to get interviews with such prominent public figures as Buzz Aldrin, James Baker, and Newt Gingrich. He would then ask them ridiculous questions and record what happened as the interviewees attempted to squirm their way out of the

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Sacha Baron Cohen's Da Ali G Show consisted of the talented actor playing three different fictional characters who managed to get interviews with such prominent public figures as Buzz Aldrin, James Baker, and Newt Gingrich. He would then ask them ridiculous questions and record what happened as the interviewees attempted to squirm their way out of the uncomfortable situation. This set contains all six episodes form the first season of the American version of the program. The set also contains extra footage not seen during the original broadcasts.

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Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
The alter ego of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, Ali G has been a sensation in England since 1999. The joke is simple but has surprisingly long legs: a clueless, yellow-clad wannabe rapper, Ali G, interviews politicians, CEOs, and other public figures who are unaware it's all a hoax. After running out of people in England who didn't know who he was, Cohen brought Ali G to America -- and HBO -- to hoodwink such notables as Newt Gingrich, Sam Donaldson, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and Ralph Nader. The humor comes not from making fun of these bigwigs but from their on-camera tolerance of Ali's endless stream of inane questions: After giving definitions for "legal" and "illegal," former U.S. attorney general Dick Thornberg is asked, "What is 'Barely Legal' then?" In Season 1's six episodes, Ali G also tries to pitch a movie to various Hollywood executives and sell a new business idea to Donald Trump, who is the only person that seems to sense that this big hip-hop banana may be full of it. Cohen additionally plays two other characters on the series, both of whom rival Ali G for laughs -- fashion reporter Bruno and Kazakhstan Television correspondent Borat. Wildly effeminate and camp, Bruno interviews a range of fashion and media types, all of whom are more than happy to say anything just to get some time on-camera. It is Borat, however, who is the show's secret weapon. His segments, "Borat's Guide to America," send the English-impaired personality to visit "real America": dating and etiquette experts, acting school, nature colonies, and town council meetings. Asking the most inappropriate questions possible, Borat pushes American hospitality to the limit. Borat also gives Cohen a chance to show off his gifts as a physical comedian. One segment in a gym suggests he could ably fill Peter Sellers' shoes in the Pink Panther series. Often rude, crude -- and surely offensive to the timid -- Da Ali G Show is one of the funniest things on television today. Enjoy it now before all of America is in on the joke, too.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
UPC:
0026359232725
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Time:
3:00:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The unedited Spyz Movie that Ali G pitched in Hollywood; Unseen footage of Borat at the Hamptons Horse Show and the American Patriotism Event; Audio commentary with Sacha Baron Cohen and series producer/writer Dan Mazer; Glossary of Ali G jargon

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Da Ali G Show - The Complete First Season 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This show is rediculously funny. It's a brand new genre of comedy that I've never seen before. This Cohen guy finds a way to manipulate traditional humor by letting his viewers know that the people he is interviewing have no idea that he's (Cohen) just a 'mishuginah' (nut in Yiddish). These people are really trying their best to give a meaningful interview amidst struggling with Cohen's zany tactics and impossible questions. I don't know how he (Cohen) keeps a straight face during the entire show. This guy deserves the purple heart of comedy for being so innovative. Rock on Sacha!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guy really is that funny. He is so smart with his comedy, yet silly and serious at the same time. The fact that he is 'acting serious' is why he is so silly, because it is obvious to the viewer that he is joking. But the people in the interview try so hard to give serious responses, which only add fuel to his comedic flare. He is a comical genius and defenitely deserves recognition if you like satire, tongue in cheek humor, and a british accent which makes it all the more funny...BUY THE DVD. Here is a quote that he asked to a very prominant politician. 'now tell me...what is the difference between legal, and barely legal' and the guy actually tried to answer it seriously! this dude is just straight up funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i laugh harder from ali g than any other show. I can't decide whether i like borat or bruno better! buy this
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cat is really funny. He makes me laugh on how serious we take ourselves sometimes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boo-yaka-Sha. This is deffinately the funniest show, it should be aired on TV more often! Its worth every minute you spen watching