Ali G is da man...
Dubyac99 | San Francisco, CA | 09/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wanted to write and let you know that I think this is a peculiar and particularly funny DVD collection. But I should mention that the humor really grows on you, and requires repeat viewings to catch all the double entendre and hidden jokes. Also, many of the jokes have to be heard two or three times, before they become as funny as they truly are. And believe me, they are hysterical.
Ali G is just one of the three characters played by Sacha Baron Cohen. A British humorist, from London presumably, this DVD is one funny show. Hard to believe that a Jewish man, from England, could play a "white Americaninized rapper" but play he does; with the minds and imaginations of many famous and important people. I cannot believe that he gets Boutros Boutros Kahli to rap? Amazing.
I first heard of this DVD/show from the star's interview on the Howard Stern show, and I was instantly entranced. I am a big fan of the "hidden camera" type shows (please see my other reviews) from the likes of Jamie Kennedy, and others, and assumed that this was the same type of show. But what is amazing is that everyone on the set knows they are being filmed, and yet, they continue to sit there, and take his abuse.
Howard Stern asked him his method of obtaining interviews, and Mr. Cohen could not reveal his secret for fear of not being able to repeat the process. However, it is clear, after viewing, Mr. Cohen is an expert ad-libber, and a very funny comedienne. He has my vote for funniest person from England.
My second favorite character is Bruno, the sexually confused high profile personality interviewer from Austria. He is brilliantly inept, and quite stupid. The fact that he more often interviews secondary no-body's, and doesn't get near anyone remotely famous, makes it even funnier. In one segment he is interviewing the owner of a fancy boutique, and he tells him, presumably when the film isn't rolling, to say that Madonna comes to his shop on a regular basis, 'cuz zat is much more interesting for 'ze viewers.' HILARIOUS!!!
Lastly is Borat, a Kazakhstan TV reporter who seems to limit his low command of the English Language to only the most embarrassing subjects and questions, much to the chagrin of those being interviewed. I find it hard to believe this man would even be married in his home country, but showing naked pictures of his "wife" to complete strangers is not past him. Watching him run down the streets of Manhattan after taxis is funny, and stupid at the same time. Supposedly his shows are telecast in his home country, and I suspect his "innocent foreigner" questions are what help to warm him up to his "victims." We Americans are quite trusting.
Season 2 was just released last Tuesday, 9/13/2005, and I await my UMD version from Amazon. Hopefully, I'll follow up with a review sometime next week. I give "Seazon 1" two thumbs up!!!
(Review is based on the DVD viewing of the same name.)