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Post by Remo D » Sat Aug 20, 2005 6:13 pm

Okay, a guy walks into a talent agent's office and says "Have I got an act for you!"

OH.

MY.

GAWWWDDDDD......


I'm sure you've already heard the hype and the controversy (not to mention the joke). And perhaps you're still wondering how nearly ninety minutes devoted to the same joke could possibly entertain you?

Just go.

Did I mention the card trick version? The mime version?

No, I guess I didn't. And what would the point be? You're just going to have to take this one in--there's no possible way I can describe the film and make it funny--and if George Carlin doesn't make you choke in the first ten minutes, then it's a safe bet that the rest of it ain't gonna do the trick, either. But somehow, I doubt that's going to happen.

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"The Aristocrats!"
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Post by Latte Thunder » Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:59 pm

I've been dying to see this since the first time I heard about it. Sounds like a completely fucking bizarre concept for a documentary, if it indeed fits into that category.
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Post by Lou » Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:06 am

Saw it yesterday. Loved it. I would have loved to have seen the late Buddy Hackett's version of the joke.
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Post by Remo D » Sat Aug 27, 2005 6:55 pm

Lou wrote:Saw it yesterday. Loved it. I would have loved to have seen the late Buddy Hackett's version of the joke.


The LATE Buddy Hackett? He declined to appear in the film due to age and health, but I believe he's still with us...
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Post by kolchak72 » Sat Aug 27, 2005 8:15 pm

Actually,Buddy Hackett died on June 30,2003,of complications from diabetes.


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Post by Remo D » Sun Aug 28, 2005 7:30 am

Well, you're right, of course.

But seeing as how this piece just ran in Roger Ebert's column? They MIGHT have mentioned it there! (And yes, I know about Dangerfield...)

A. Case closed. In my review of the film, I said Buddy Hackett could have told the joke better than anyone else, and wondered why he wasn't used. I received this reply from Penn Jillette, who made the film with Paul Provenza:

"I called Buddy and explained the project to him. He loved the idea and he got it. He told me a few versions of the joke and talked about how much it meant to him. Man, Buddy was perfect for our movie. I asked him and he said he'd love to but 'I'm old and sick.' It was as simple as that. He cheered us on, but he just wasn't up for being on camera. The 'old and sick' might have been a lie, but man, if you're willing to back up your lie by dying, well, I'm going to believe you. I called Rodney [Dangerfield] right after that and had just about the same phone call. They both should have been in the movie.
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Post by Latte Thunder » Thu Sep 08, 2005 1:58 pm

I'm thrilled. The old timey theater downtown has this booked for tomorrow night through thursday in their bar. I'm very much looking forward to seeing this while consuming many beers.

edit: My wife and I went to this on sunday and laughed our asses off. While it was not at all what I was expecting, and it's really not a shitload of comedians telling the joke, it was extremely entertaining. Highlights were definitely the card trick version, Sarah Silverman, Carlin, Doug Stanhope telling the joke to his infant son, but the grand prize goes to Bob Saget. No doubt about it, that man is definitely doing his best to live down every season of Full House.
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