The Aristocrats

Synopsis: Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends--who happen to be some of the biggest names in entertainment, from George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg and Drew Carey to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman--to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world's dirtiest joke, an old burlesque too extreme to be performed in public, called "The Aristocrats."
Director(s): Paul Provenza
Production: Planetmatt Entertainment
  6 nominations.
89 min

"The joke leads me down one path" | and then it switches the path on me suddenly,

and it hits me with a hammer.

It's just, "Here we go, "folks. "

You have outstretched yourself when you're | doing it right, on making it as horrific as you "can. "

- And bam! | - Fan them with as polite a title as you "can. "

- The "Aristocrats. " | - The "Aristocrats. "

- The "Aristocrats. " | - What?

I've heard the "joke. " | But I don't remember what was so "bad. "

I remember that I... fainted.

That joke's been "around. " | The Aristocrats is a "classic. "

They told it on the Nina or the Pinta or Santa | Maria when Columbus was crossing the "ocean. "

I think Lincoln told me, I'm not quite "sure. "

I was at the theatre at the time, I was an "usher. "

Of all the jokes to do a documentary about, | you chose this one?

"There was the Secret Society - | Chevy Chase, Michael O'Donoghue.

John Belushi and some others.

They had this coven of people | who would tell this joke over and over "again. "

Chevy Chase supposedly used to have "parties. " | And the criteria was,

you had the mom, the dad, the son, | the daughter, and a "dog. "

And you had to talk with some combination | of that without repeating "yourself. "

If you repeated yourself, you were "out. "

The idea was we gotta break a half an "hour. "

We gotta get - we gotta make this joke | last more than half an "hour. "

I don't know whether they ever "did. " | O'Donoghue came "close. "

But died in the "attempt. "

Not well known.

I heard Michael O'Donoghue did it | for 90 minutes "once. "

It's the only joke I know that people talk about.

I'm always shocked when people | don't know this "joke. " It's "pervasive. "

It's a burlesque kind of a "joke. "

It had been kicked around a "lot. "

I remember it - | the same you remember any "first. "

Like the first time | you hear a cut from a Lenny Bruce "album. "

Shocking! You'd never heard "that. "

I heard it from a gentleman | who ran Second City in "Chicago. "

...UCLA, working on the humour magazine, | the editor told me the "joke. "

- Bill Hicks - that's where I heard "it. " | - I first heard the Aristocrats while doing blow

in Catch A Rising Star with Richard "Belzer. "

This joke is a friend of every comedian | in the "world. "

I first went to the Improv nightclub | in New York in '73.

Did some stand-up comedy, | became the manager,

and got to meet | the best young comedians of that time.

Got a real education in the comedy world.

One of the things that was consistent | wherever you went was "the... "

Aristocrats "joke. "

I had heard about the Aristocrats "joke. "

We do comedy | and we work places that have comedy,

but we're also in the magic world, | so we're kind of observers of the comedy "world. "

There was always a secret handshake | "of... " of a whole culture thing,

that was, to me, | symbolised by the joke, the "Aristocrats. "

I don't think comics should be that proud, | quite frankly,

about repeating a joke | that's been going on since

Bud Friedman opened the first Improv | next to the "pyramids. "

You dig?

Comedians didn't tell this kind of joke on "stage. "

How many people tell jokes on stage?

People usually have routines | or they string together small "observations. "

You don't do joke-jokes on stage "ever. " | That's a kiss of "death. " You're viewed as a "hack. "

You know the way those urban legends go?

People always knew somebody | who saw this guy doing "it. "

But I never saw anyone performing "it. "

It's a kind of joke you love telling other "comics. "

We told them to each "other. " | Not to do with our "act. "

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