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Old August 6th, 2004, 12:43 AM   #1
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Da Ali G Show...

...is the next funniest show on television. It is a work of absolute genius. It couldn't have been any funnier if it were scripted.

Most incredible moments, both in the episode "Art":

The inept Borat, in the acting studio, having flubbed the improv, is politely told by the unimpressed but sympathetic acting teacher "I thought there were some excellent moments there."

An annoyed Buzz Aldrin explains the meaning of humor to Ali G after Ali G tells a dumb moon joke without understanding the punchline: "Things are funny, or comedic, because they mix the real with the absurd."

Fink about dat.
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Old August 6th, 2004, 12:52 AM   #2
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Borat is the best! Definite classic moments right there.

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Old August 6th, 2004, 05:33 AM   #3
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Have they shown the one with the gun control campaigner over there yet?

Ali: Yeah but if you have a gun all the bitches love you don't they?

Campaigner: Well they won't love you when you get shot and you're sitting in a wheelchair will they? Have you thought about that?

Ali: Yeah but.. up until then?
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Old August 6th, 2004, 08:50 AM   #4
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He's hysterical. I can't believe how he manages to keep a straight face in those interviews!

He has two other productions I've seen that any fan of his should definitely check out. The first is a feature length film! I guess, as the English folks will confirm, he's been around for a bit over there. The title is Ali G In Da House.

The second is an E-True Hollywood Story type mockumentary, with the hysterical title: Ali G: Before He Was Massive.

Funny stuff.
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Old August 6th, 2004, 09:03 AM   #5
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I had caught Ali G giving a speech to college grads on HBO, between movies. I thought it was pretty funny, so I checked out the Ali G show's first episode. All I'll say, is it wasn't as funny as I had hoped. It was Jackass mentality at best.
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Old August 6th, 2004, 09:44 AM   #6
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Re: Da Ali G Show...

<<<-- Originally posted by Robert Knecht Schmidt :
An annoyed Buzz Aldrin explains the meaning of humor to Ali G after Ali G tells a dumb moon joke without understanding the punchline: "Things are funny, or comedic, because they mix the real with the absurd."
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Was that the sketch where he referred to Aldrin's colleague as "Louis Armstrong"? :)
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Old August 6th, 2004, 10:42 AM   #7
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<<<-- Originally posted by Keith Forman : I had caught Ali G giving a speech to college grads on HBO, between movies. I thought it was pretty funny, so I checked out the Ali G show's first episode. All I'll say, is it wasn't as funny as I had hoped. It was Jackass mentality at best. -->>>


He's a complete and unabashed intentional jackass. That's what makes it so entertaining. He has no qualms about speaking at great length with Sam Donaldson, Butros Butros Gali, or whatever head of state or influential person, and make his subtle commentary but in a totally jackass sort of way.
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Old August 6th, 2004, 11:00 AM   #8
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I really didn't have any problem with his commentary style. I thought he was funny at times. In the first show, he goes into a Police Acadamy. The result was a cross between Pauly Shore and Ozzy Osborne.

The Middle Eastern guy looking for a woman was funny. Dating service asked what he was looking for in a woman- Man says a woman that wouldn't cheat or steal from him. He would crush her.
Dating service says- No crushing... Crushing is bad
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Old August 6th, 2004, 11:06 AM   #9
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I'm a huge fan. Just ruthless, ruthless stuff.

Last night I had a fun "aha" moment when I re-watched a couple of the "Office" episodes (my other favorite Brit export in the past few years) and realized that when the porcine Keith dresses up on "red-nose day", he is emulating Ali G.
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Old August 6th, 2004, 11:35 AM   #10
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I liked the 'Christmas Message' he did one year as an alternative to the Queen's, in which he interviewed the Reverend Richard Dawson:

Ali G: OK, on to the more important subject of presents. If you was Jesus, what would you give: Playstation or Dreamcast?
RD: I'm sorry, I don't know.
Ali G: Playstation, ain't you?
RD: I really don't know anything about either.
Ali G: Playstation, ain't it? Cos it's old school but some of the games are wicked...
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Old August 6th, 2004, 11:36 AM   #11
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Us brits have a twisted warped humour, don't we? I'm glad you yankees enjoy them too.

Its a bit old hat over here, I have not seen Ali G on TV for a while and The Office was only 2 series and a special christmas edition. since then its all been repeats.

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Old August 6th, 2004, 11:51 AM   #12
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Coupling has to be my favorite import.
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Old August 6th, 2004, 11:56 AM   #13
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"I had caught Ali G giving a speech to college grads on HBO, between movies. I thought it was pretty funny, so I checked out the Ali G show's first episode. All I'll say, is it wasn't as funny as I had hoped. It was Jackass mentality at best."

The speech was the Harvard Commencement address, full text available on his web site.

The humor of Da Ali G Show doesn't come from Ali or Borat or Bruno. It comes from the humorless interviewees who make an effort at tolerating him, who re-interpret his inanities into deep probing questions (watch Ali's childlike, self-satisfied reaction when, upon asking how one knows when to nuke another country, General Brent Scowcroft tells him it's a very good question--Ali takes this as a great compliment!), and who frequently enough become so piqued that their repressed prejudices explode into expressions as illogical as Ali's idiocy but infinitely more maleficent.

At the soul of it, it's a show about the unmasking of hypocrisy, and that is always funny.

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<<<-- Originally posted by Robert Knecht Schmidt : "It comes from the humorless interviewees who make an effort at tolerating him, who re-interpret his inanities into deep probing questions (watch Ali's childlike, self-satisfied reaction when, upon asking how one knows when to nuke another country, General Brent Scowcroft tells him it's a very good question--Ali takes it as a great compliment!), and who frequently enough become so piqued that their repressed prejudices explode into expressions as illogical as Ali's idiocy but infinitely more maleficent.-->>>

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Old August 6th, 2004, 01:39 PM   #15
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Come and listen to the non-ironic original! :-)

Americans curious about Ali's origins might want to check out BBC Radio's homepage for Tim Westwood, the white-but-desparate-to-be-black DJ upon whom he is generally thought to be modelled:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/urban/westwood/

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