The outrageous comedy/reality series stars British chameleon Sacha Baron Cohen, who travels across America in the guise of one of three totally different characters. Cohen's primary alter-ego is Ali G., who calls himself ... more »a "hip-hop journalist", but who's really a white rapper-wannabe. When Cohen isn't putting Ali G and his "guests" in unusual and often delightfully uncomfortable situations, he's shedding his yellow gangsta track suit attire and slipping into two other memorable characters: Borat, an impossibly naive TV reporter from Kazakhstan, and Bruno, a gay, Austrian fashionista. Each of these characters will be traversing America, exploring different aspects of our culture, and interviewing real celebrities and dignitaries.« less
Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA Reviewed on 12/28/2012...
The first season of Da Ali G Show is a tremendous romp! Sacha Baron Cohen cuts his chops here and shows a talent that will make him a houshold name in later years. Using his characters of Ali G (a dumb, but charismatic homeboy journalist), Borat (a Khazakstani journailst), and Bruno (a German fashion reporter), Sacha ambush interviews a slew of celebrities, political figures, and intellectuals...and brings them down a peg. If you like political satire, you absolutely HAVE to see this show!
Kate T. from ITHACA, NY Reviewed on 1/20/2010...
This was a present for my husband and daughter, so I really shouldn't be rating it. Judging from their response to it (raucous laughter), though, I'd say it's a hit.
Sarah F. (Ferdy63) from DALTON, GA Reviewed on 3/29/2008...
It's crude, it's politically incorrect, it's insane and sometimes really stupid - but you will laugh until your sides ache. This is the same guy who did the Borat movie - he started out doing this mockumentary TV show in Britain before he did the Borat movie.
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This Grows On You - Hilarious
Scott McFarland | Manassas, VA United States | 09/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The jokes in Ali G. interviewing various American figures are really based on the humor in these people being so detached from youth culture that they think he is possibly serious (even when asking the most ridiculous questions) and possibly really does have a show that uses hip-hop jargon to explain politics and world events to da youth. Correspondingly, most of his best interview segments happen with older people, or people from rural areas.
The actor's particulaur genuis is his ability to keep a straight face after having asked the most totally ridiculous question, or said the most ridiculous and vulgar thing, possible. No small acheievement.
The humor in the Borat character, a Middle-Eastern man visiting and touring America for his program (beamed back to Khazakstan television) is based on the duality between Borat's polite, civilized manner and the brutal misogyny and racism that lies within his mindset and his culture, which he pleasantly verbalizes in his broken English.
The humor in the Bruno character is rather simple. He consistently and persistently chooses to believe that all men are homosexuals. It can be rather funny.
On the whole, hilarious. "
Not for everyone, but I found it extremely funny
Bosco Hoggins | New York, NY | 08/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am often very ambidexerous on my reviews pointing out both what I like and (on the other hand) what I do not like about a certain product. However, with Da Ali G Show, I have to un ambiguously say that I have no qualms about buying the DVD.
If you have not heard about Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen), here is the basic rundown. The show is broken down into three concepts following three personas: (1) Hip-hop British interviewer Ali G., (2) Kazikstani reporter apparently stuck in the 70's Borat, and (3) German fashion club-kid Bruno. The general M.O. is to find unsuspecting interviewees from areas ranging from entertainment to religion to politics. The interviews seem to go smoothly, lulling the interviewee into a false comfort. Then, the interviews veer into absurd directions to see how far the interviewers can be taken off course before pulling the plug. Granted, the concept does not sound all that interesting, the execution is brilliant.
The result is getting to see a range of the absurd from Edwin Meese and Boutros Boutros Gali attempt (rather unsuccessfully) to rap to a debate about religion which degenerates into an arguement about which of the panel members cloged the backstage toilet.
If you cannot tell from the foregoing description, let me emphasize this point (with all-caps no less):
THIS DVD IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!!
Many people will not find this schtick funny. It relies heavily on satire as well as somewhat juvenille humor. If this is not your cup of tea, I can definitely understand and would not recommend it to you.
Given that, however, I found it very funny and was glad that I bought it.
So Funny it Hurts...
J. Brittman | Long Island, New York | 09/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Literally. I've never in my life laughed as consistently hard as I did watching this show. Simply put Sasha Baron Cohen is a comedic genius. He knows exactly how to manipulate people to get the desired reactions that he wants. Da Ali G character is so ingenious and yet so simple, an english baller with all the street vernacular and the IQ of a rock. One of the funniest scenes from the 1st season has to be when Ali G visits the United Nations and asks the former chief "So, is Disney World part of the United Nations?" The man answers "No, Disney World is not a state, it has characters and nothing to do with politics." Ali G replies "Well some of dem characters are like political...you know what I'm sayin'." Borat's guide to America is consistently the funniest part of Da Ali G show. Here Sasha portrays a television reporter from Kazikastan(sp?) who has absolutely no shame or clue about American culture and customs. The two funniest parts with Borat have to be when he goes to visit the minor league baseball team and his dinner with a group of refined older people. During that dinner he leans over to a woman who is like 90 and says "I had sex last night...it was good." Bruno is Sasha's gay fashion reporter who stirs up trouble everywhere he goes. Overall, this show is pure genius and so unbelievably funny that you will hurt from laughter. This is a MUST-OWN for any fan of the comedy genre. Highest Recommendation."
Warning! Do not eat while watching!!
3-006 | 11/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The best reason to buy these DVDs is because you can watch the show over and over again and enjoy each viewing as much as the original. It's not like these are gonna sit on your shelf forever like most shows or movies would. Plus people will be borrowing them all the time.
I won't talk too much about the show other than to say it's extremely hilarious. The DVDs themselves do not have too much additional stuff, which was somewaht dissapointing. There were a couple extra scenes that were funny but I can see why they were cut out of the show. The voice over narration is pretty bad. Sacha was okay but not very funny and the other guy was[...]. The only good part of the narration was how Sacha described how he meets, in character of course, each guest before each interview and acts like a complete idiot who has no idea what he is doing, which makes it more understandable how these fools can put up with him for so long and actually take him seriously.
Persoanlly, I wish their were more deleted scenes, there must be more stuff out there. It would have been great if they put some of his old british material on there but maybe they are planning to release all that stuff sometime.
Best parts -- Philly police academy and Ali G shopping his TV show to the networks. Also the sex roundtable and every other scene contained on these 2 DVDs. This guy is the funniest guy in the business!!"