The AristocratsDirector: Paul Provenza
"A family walks into a talent agent's office..." So begins "The Aristocrats," a joke kept mostly secret by stand-up comedians for decades. An intentionally "bad" joke, the laughs in The Aristocrats aren't in the punch-line (one of the only elements that's the same every time), but in the set-up, made unique by each comedian who tells it in an attempt to fashion the world's dirtiest joke. The cat was finally let out of the bag by Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza, the seasoned funnymen who gathered together a hundred people to tell a hundred different renditions of the bit. Among those presenting their personal take on The Aristocrats in this film of the same name are Jason Alexander, Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Jon Stewart, Emo Philips, and Chris Rock. The Aristocrats premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
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Cast & Crew
|Billy the Mime||Participant|
|Franco di Giacomo||Participant|
|Onion Editorial Staff||Participant|
|Otto & George||Participant|
|T. Sean Shannon||Participant|
|Paul Provenza||Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Executive Producer|
|Glenn S. Alai||Associate Producer|
|Peter Adam Golden||Producer|
|Emily Zolten Jillette||Cinematographer|
|Penn Jillette||Cinematographer,Executive Producer,Sound/Sound Designer|
|Mike Jones||Camera Operator|
|Ken Krasher Lewis||Co-producer|
|Gary Stockdale||Score Composer|
|Erica Wilson||Sound Editor|
1. Opening Sequence [4:56]
2. The Joke Sucks [5:00]
3. They All Slide [5:02]
4. Listing Offenses [5:04]
5. It's Just a Guy [5:54]
6. About the Signature [5:12]
7. My Generation [4:56]
8. Mr. Tambourine Man [3:53]
9. Own Words [4:58]
10. My Friend Paul [5:02]
11. Gets Caught [5:10]
12. Similar Take [5:07]
13. Not on Resumé [6:36]
14. A Family Act [6:59]
15. Something Was Happening [5:27]
16. End Credits [8:51]
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo
Filmmaker Commentary by Paul Provenza & Penn Jillette
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Hank Azaria: "The Ultimate Punch Line"
Kevin Pollack: "It's a Possession"
Sarah Silverman: "People Think It's a Weird Way to Grow Up"
Lewis Black: "That's Really All I Have to Say"
Taylor Negron: "I Am An Aristocrat"
Pat Cooper: "I'm the Genius of Myself"
Jason Alexander & Peter Tilden: "Never Open With That"
Jon Stewart: "I'm Not Telling the Joke"
Doug Stanhope: "Remember Wjen I Took Yo to Seaworld"
Whoopi Goldberg: "I'm a Story Teller"
Phyllis Diller: "I'm a One-Liner Queen"
Richard Jeni: "I Can Do This"
Jake Johannsen" "I'm Not Sure I'm the Best Guy to Tell To"
Merrill Markoe: "I Went t Art School"
Otto & George: "The Teabags Are Resting Nicely on the Bench"
Ron Jeremy: "T'was on a Love Day in May"
Billy the Mime: "The Abortion"
Terry Gilliam: "We Talked About Film Making"
The Royal Debonaires: "Love Theme From the Aristocrats"
The Aristocrats Do the Aristocrats
For Johnny Carson
Behind the Green Room Door: Comics Tell Us Some of Their Other Favorite Jokes
"Be An Aristocrat Contest" Winners
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Yes it's vulgar, big deal, get over it. It's hilarious, and in watching so many comedy artists talk about or do their renditions, we get every nuance of style, technique and individuality demonstrated in a context where they become clear, and the issue of obscenity and how subjective that is for each of us gives it layers of interesting ideas. It's also a movie that shows more respect for it's audience than any other I ever seen - it allows us to find those layers without telling us what we're supposed to think or feel. That's so rare. I highly recommend watching the dvd with a bunch of people to really appreciate how everyone thinkns and feels something different all throughout. Highly reccomended.
I had been long-awaiting this DVD as this movie did not play in my home area. However, this, I find, was NO big loss!! The only enjoyable portions of this film are hearing comics describe the crafting of a good joke and speaking of the "faternity" that exists between their brotherhood. Otherwise, the movie becomes old very quickly and leaves the viewer wondering just what was the point here!! The century-old joke involved in "The Aristocrats" is time-worn, out-dated, and, frankly, just nasty!! (AND I SAY THIS AS NO PRUDE--this film is in NO WAY the equal of classics such as the filmed work of Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, etc.!!) I was sorely disappointed in the film and after loving the work of most of the comics involved, rang hollow. A horrible way to spend an evening!! To think, I could have, instead, watched "Flightplan!!" Don't waste your time with "The Aristocrats!!"
I'm not a person that shocks easily, so this movie wasn't really that disgusting to me. It did however change the way I look at jokes. You never hear about a joke-joke being analiyzed and broken down to be disscussed in a peer group. But here, you have a joke so unique that it demands discussion, critisicms, and a need to be outdone in every paradigim.