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fine stuff but very extreme,
This review is from: The Aristocrats [DVD] (DVD)
It appears to me when glancing through reviews of this that this documentary splits opinion like few others,some think the nature of this where 100 comedians retell the same joke with their own take on it as a bridge too far and people like myself view this as a brilliant exercise in talent,the divide is vast but for my opinion this is the dogs bark of comedy.
The idea behind this is that there is a joke,very few have heard of it but it exists,some whisper it,some pretend it doesnt exist,few know where it came from,some say it existed 100s of years ago,others say 50,the joke is basically a joke that comics tell other comics,it wont be aired on screen,and comics dont tell it on stage,it has mystique wrapped around it,the joke always starts and ends the same,always,but the middle section is improvised and each telling is designed to be cruder and filthier than the last,it is meant to be a joke that is always bettered with each telling.
The comedians featured here aint no c list,they are top comics,from billy connolly to eddie izzard to sarah silverman,whoopi gholdberg to a heck of alot in between,they share their versions of the joke and tell of how they came to hear of its existence,each telling is cruder and lewder than before,it is just extreme,nothing is ignored in terms of taboo,it is sickening but ultimately funny and interesting.
This is a well made,pacey,lots of cuts and keeps you on your toes,never lying still,as i said this is very adult and most will take offence and i dont blame them but if you have a strong ear for the obscene then this will do nicely,it is more than a joke,it is a challenge for each comic to gain respect from their peers,fascinating.