Monday, June 12, 2006
An interesting documentary about a painfully stupid joke that has nevertheless become a testing ground of improvisational mettle for comedians. Some of the versions are awful (I found Paul Reiser's and Stephen Wright's particularly lame). George Carlin's take is masterful, and Sarah Silverman personalizes The Aristocrats to a discomforting degree by incorporating her own family (including poor Grandma). Bill Maher, however, has the most elegant and hilarious variation. Plumb the depths of scatology, incest, murder, and sadism with Bob Saget. Worth a visit.