Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette (one half of the hit duo Penn & Teller) and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends (who happen to be some of the biggest ... more »names in entertainment, from George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Carey to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman) to reminisce, analyze and deliver their own versions of the world?s dirtiest joke, an old burlesque routine too extreme to be performed in public, called The Aristocrats. One of the smash hits of the 2005 Sundance film festival, this critically acclaimed, star-studded comedy extravaganza, which celebrates the art of improvisation and the finest (and most foul mouthed) traditions of stand up, is sure to stretch the limits of its audience, particularly for how loud and how long they can laugh.« less
Len S. (lens) from ARMUCHEE, GA Reviewed on 7/2/2014...
This is not a family-oriented DVD nor is it suitable for those who object to the use of foul language in art.
If you are familiar with the comedy staple that is immortalized in this documentary, you will be thoroughly entertained. Some of America's funniest (and most controversial) comedians share their own tawdry versions of the classic joke, and there is just enough history and analysis between the cameos to warm you up for the next presenter.
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Christine G. from FLORISSANT, MO Reviewed on 1/24/2011...
very funny, but VERY nasty!
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Allen B. (drB) from ALLISON PARK, PA Reviewed on 12/4/2009...
If you like comedy central's friar's roast, this DVD is gonna make you laugh till you cry. Absolutely disgusting. Absolutely hilarious. The real problem with this DVD is that you are going to sit and think about how to tell this joke your own way--I have wasted hours on this. Sadly, I doubt anyone is going want to hear your version, unless you actually are in a comedy club. This is strictly for the connoisseur of comedy.
Professional comedians have mastered the joke and show you just how important delivery is. BTW, a guy goes into a talent agent and says, "You gotta see our performance, its a real family act." "Sounds great" says the agent, "what is it?" The guy says, "you are gonna love it. My wife comes on stage completely naked and...."
Gary J. (gjones) from TROUTDALE, OR Reviewed on 6/25/2009...
This movie was hysterical! Almost a hundred of the finest comedians in the world, all talking about an inside joke that comedians have been sharing for decades. The joke itself is OK, but it was the way each of the comedians shaped it to match their persona, their style, how they paced it so that it worked for them. With George Carlin as practically the unofficial moderator, it was a facsinating behind-the-scenes look at how comedians feel about their craft, what they think is funny, how they feel about other comedians. This movie was so much better than I had hoped--a true classic. Any body that likes comedy, and comedians, needs to see this movie.
Margaret I. (MadisonMom) from MADISON, WI Reviewed on 1/24/2009...
Side-splitting funny! Definitely just for adults - it's really blue.
I love Disney Movies
Julian Kennedy | St Pete Florida | 07/30/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The Aristocrats: 3 out of 10: The joke in the Aristocrats is not funny. (Many comedians on tape admit this outright.) It really is not a joke as much as a Shaggy Dog story. The funny part of a Shaggy Dog story is watching someone squirm who thinks it is a normal joke. The more you can make a (in this case) prude squirm the funnier the raunch is.
The funniest scene in the movie is Gilbert Gottfried's masterful and legendary telling of the joke at the Fryers Club soon after 9/11. What makes it funny is watching a surprising prudish and confused Hugh Hefner's reaction listening to the joke. (The exact performance would not be as funny if Larry Flynt for example was on the dais. And the filmed performance wouldn't work had not Hefner not been shown in frame.) The Gottfried performance comes late in the film and we are treated to dozens of top comedians wasted telling the same joke sans victim. Moreover, since the audience by this time is intimately familiar with the mechanics of the magic this is true tedium. In addition, most of the comedians telling the joke do so to the camera with no audience in sight. There is an actual reason that most comedy routines are in a concert film style performance before a live audience.
There is a lot of top-flight talent here. Drew Carey, Robin Williams, George Carlin among others yet it is a mime (Steven Banks) that tells the joke most creativity and Bob Saget who tells the most disgusting version. Honestly, the film shoots its um... Gun much too soon in the feature and nothing removes humor from something faster than explaining it.
There are some self serving insights about comedy in general and some so called inside stuff that by its very nature isn't but the majority of the film really is dozens of comics telling the same joke over and over again that wasn't all that funny to begin with.