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The Aristocrats (review)

The Aristocrats (review) Film reVieW The Aristocrats. 2005. by Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza. 90 min. plus special features. DVD format, color. (thinkFilm/mighty cheese Productions, new york.) Elliott Oring California State University, Los Angeles The Aristocrats surveys the performance of a single joke by almost a hundred professional comedians and comedy writers. Jason Alexander, Drew carey, George carlin, Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, Gilbert Gottfried, eric idle, Paul reiser, bob Saget, the Smothers brothers, Sarah Silverman, and robin Williams are just some of the performers who tell a version of the joke, a portion of the joke, or an inversion of the joke or who comment on the joke and its performance. the joke is the last one included in the second series of Gershon legman's Rationale of the Dirty Joke (breaking Point Press, 1975): "A vaudeville performer is describing his act to a skeptical booking-agent: `it's very simple. my wife and i shit on the stage, and the kids come out and wallow in it.' Agent, thunderstruck: `What kind of act do you call that?' Vaudevillian, polishing his nails on his lapel: `We call it--the Aristocrats'" (p. 987). much of the artistry of the performances depends upon the ability to pile http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American Folklore American Folklore Society

The Aristocrats (review)

Journal of American Folklore , Volume 120 (4) – Oct 18, 2007

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American Folklore Society
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Copyright © 2007 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. All rights reserved.
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1535-1882
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Abstract

Film reVieW The Aristocrats. 2005. by Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza. 90 min. plus special features. DVD format, color. (thinkFilm/mighty cheese Productions, new york.) Elliott Oring California State University, Los Angeles The Aristocrats surveys the performance of a single joke by almost a hundred professional comedians and comedy writers. Jason Alexander, Drew carey, George carlin, Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, Gilbert Gottfried, eric idle, Paul reiser, bob Saget, the Smothers brothers, Sarah Silverman, and robin Williams are just some of the performers who tell a version of the joke, a portion of the joke, or an inversion of the joke or who comment on the joke and its performance. the joke is the last one included in the second series of Gershon legman's Rationale of the Dirty Joke (breaking Point Press, 1975): "A vaudeville performer is describing his act to a skeptical booking-agent: `it's very simple. my wife and i shit on the stage, and the kids come out and wallow in it.' Agent, thunderstruck: `What kind of act do you call that?' Vaudevillian, polishing his nails on his lapel: `We call it--the Aristocrats'" (p. 987). much of the artistry of the performances depends upon the ability to pile

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Published: Oct 18, 2007

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