Monday, October 22, 2012

The Aristocrats (2005)

Synopsis: It’s 90 minutes of 100 comedians telling the same filthy joke over and over again.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Don’t miss this critically acclaimed, star-studded comedy extravaganza that celebrates the art of improvisation and the finest (and most foulmouthed) traditions of stand-up.”

What Did I Learn?: 1) Most stand-up comedians try way too hard to be funny. 2) Most variations on this joke include both incestuous kinky sex and poo, but it’s best to save the scatological stuff for the end.

You Might Like This Movie If: You believe there's a good chance that Bob Saget snapped after this experience.

Really?:  Frankly, I’m surprised that professional comedians find this joke to be hysterically funny, and amazed that it’s been around since the days of Vaudeville.

Rating: The idea of hearing variations on the same comedy routine might not sound appealing at first, but The Aristocrats is a sometimes-funny, but always interesting documentary about the world of stand-up comedy. The late George Carlin and others provide some clever insights into the appeal and longevity of this private joke, the main one being that it offers comedians a chance to get the creative juices flowing. 8/10 stars.

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