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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, Drew Carey to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman--to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of world's dirtiest joke, an old burlesque, too extreme to be performed in public, called The Aristocrats.

One of the smash hits of the 2005 Sundance film festival, this critically acclaimed, star-studded comedy extravaganza, which celebrates the art of improvisation and the finest (and most foul mouthed) traditions of stand up, is sure to stretch the limits of its audience, particularly for how loud and how long they can laugh.


Studio Velocity Home Entertainment
SKU 202074042
UPC 821575540759
UPC 14 00821575540759
Format DVD
Release Date 9/4/2007
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Penn Jillette
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Name Paul Provenza
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Name George Carlin
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Name Whoopi Goldberg
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Name Paul Provenza
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Cast & Crew
Emery Emery - Editor
Gary Stockdale - Musical Score
George Carlin - Featuring
Jason Alexander - Featuring
Paul Provenza - Director
Penn & Teller - Featuring
Penn Jillette - Executive Producer
Peter Adam Golden - Producer
Sara Silverman - Featuring
Drew Carey - Featuring
Whoopi Goldberg - Featuring
Bob Saget - Featuring
Mario Cantone - Featuring
Paul Reiser - Featuring
Gilbert Gottfried - Featuring
Martin Mull - Featuring
Sundance Film Festival (2005) Paul Provenza, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Some of the interpretations (usually the most literal ones) are dull and unfunny. But others are inspired. There's Kevin Pollak telling the joke while doing his best Christopher Walken impersonation. A mime acts it out to hilarious effect (watch the passers-by). Bob Saget gets down and dirty (and closes by asking that a tape of his version be sent to his former "Full House" co-stars). George Carlin spews the "seven words you can't say on TV" in a matter-of-fact voice. The South Park kids try to figure out what it means. And Gilbert Gottfried brings down the house in October 2001 at a Hugh Hefner roast. (Some claim this was the ultimate telling of The Joke. Just ask Rob Schneider, who is convulsed with laughter on the floor.)
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review This killer-funny documentary from Paul Provenza produces more laughs than any hundred jokes you ever heard. Actually, it's all one joke -- a massively dirty one -- told by a hundred comics to Provenza and fellow funnyman Penn Jillette, who record their efforts on a cheap-ass camcorder. The participants run the gamut from the great Gilbert Gottfried at his most scary and outrageous to Bob Saget blowing his TV image as a dork, not to mention Billy the Mime (you heard me). These stand-ups on the spot tell the joke, take it apart and reveal why they use it as the gold standard to test what a comic is made of. Judge for yourself.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review In "The Aristocrats," which was directed by Paul Provenza and co-produced by Penn Jillette, we hear the joke in many versions and styles. Sometimes we cut between takes of the same guy telling it two or three times. It is theorized about. It is marveled at. What's remarkable is that no one, except Dick Smothers and Phyllis Diller, thinks that it isn't funny. Everything depends on the risk involved in telling it; without risk, no joke..."The Aristocrats" might have made a nice short subject. At 87 minutes, it's like the boozy salesman who corners you with the Pinocchio torture.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Featurettes, Filmmaker Commentary, Additional Footage
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone You'll laugh till it hurts.
Hollywood Reporter obscene, disgusting, vulgar and vile...might be the funniest movie you'll ever see!
Entertainment Weekly Will have you doubling over in laughter.
New York Times Uproarious!
Premiere Filthy, furiously funny!
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