The Sacha Baron Cohen Poll: Ali G vs. Borat vs. Bruno

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Poll Results

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Ali G 22
Borat 16
Bruno 1


I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Monday, 13 July 2009 14:33 (ten years ago) link

Ali G In Da House? Or just the character?

thank you, flipper, for nickelback (country matters), Monday, 13 July 2009 14:34 (ten years ago) link

I suppose just the character? Your call.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Monday, 13 July 2009 14:34 (ten years ago) link

ali g was the funniest.
the show was too short.
he should have taken this character to the road before borat.
now it's too late

Zeno, Monday, 13 July 2009 14:56 (ten years ago) link

Wow. Popular poll here.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:00 (ten years ago) link

ali g was the funniest.
the show was too short.
he should have taken this character to the road before borat.
now it's too late

― Zeno, Monday, July 13, 2009 9:56 AM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

this is hilarious poetry

rubberband canks (J0rdan S.), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:02 (ten years ago) link

the answer is so obv ali g

rubberband canks (J0rdan S.), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:02 (ten years ago) link

ali g

The Sorrows of Young Jeezy (jim), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:02 (ten years ago) link

when i first saw ali g, he was hosting the europe vmas (iirc) and i was like 11 or 12 and was like "what the fuck is this guy?!! what the hell is wrong with britain?!!" then i saw the show and understood it all. also discovered l0u1s jagg3r.

rubberband canks (J0rdan S.), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:03 (ten years ago) link

SBC is the cankles of British comedy

Sub-Custosian by Design (Noodle Vague), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:04 (ten years ago) link

also it's pretty easy to trace out ali g characteristics and ploys in borat and bruno

rubberband canks (J0rdan S.), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:04 (ten years ago) link

need to repoll to include LJ

It's got a whole identity in the dick (jjjusten), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:04 (ten years ago) link

^^ otm

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:11 (ten years ago) link

cant wait until we all have to sign releases for our appearances in the "l0u1s jagg3r" movie

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:11 (ten years ago) link

movie or blog?

suddenly, everything was dark and smelly (HI DERE), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:12 (ten years ago) link

Vlog.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Monday, 13 July 2009 21:20 (ten years ago) link

Ali G movie was on TV over the weekend. unwatchable.

Sleep Causes Cancer (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 13 July 2009 21:22 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 17 July 2009 23:01 (ten years ago) link

What's LJ?

Jouster, Saturday, 18 July 2009 06:44 (ten years ago) link

oh how we envy you

BIG HOOS's wacky crack variety hour (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 18 July 2009 06:49 (ten years ago) link

Signor Pirelli

Myonga Vön Bontee, Saturday, 18 July 2009 08:33 (ten years ago) link

None of the Above

My vagina has a dress code. (milo z), Saturday, 18 July 2009 08:50 (ten years ago) link

Ali J

Roz, Saturday, 18 July 2009 19:58 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 18 July 2009 23:01 (ten years ago) link

otm

\\00// (SeekAltRoute), Sunday, 19 July 2009 07:21 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...
one year passes...

New one "The Dictator" looks a bit dump TBF. Anyone anticipating?

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 15:50 (seven years ago) link

My wife and I saw that trailer this past weekend. She turned to me and said, "Is that supposed to be a comedy?"

i love the large auns pictures! (Phil D.), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 15:55 (seven years ago) link

In "Hugo" he looked exactly like http://media.screened.com/uploads/0/509/309395-16_oficer_crabtree_small.jpg and sounded exactly like http://www.iwise.com/authorIcons/13674/Peter_Cook_48x48.png

Mark G, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 15:56 (seven years ago) link

The Dictator looks pretty o_O

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:09 (seven years ago) link

in addition to appearing completely unfunny, it also looks blatantly racist in the crudest possible way.

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:10 (seven years ago) link

i guess i'm sorta holding out hope that they can't show any of the funny parts on tv, but yeah it looks awful

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:14 (seven years ago) link

apparently some of it is set in a Williamsburg food co-op, so that has potential.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:18 (seven years ago) link

The Girls crossover we've all been waiting for!

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:19 (seven years ago) link

I really used to love the Ali G show and I had kind of high hopes for him at one point. Career has been a downward since then.

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:19 (seven years ago) link

guy is just generally terrible imo. if there was a stereotype about asian people being antisemitic he'd be wearing yellow makeup and yelling "CHING CHONG ME SO HORNY ME HATE JEWS" in his next movie.

some dude, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:19 (seven years ago) link

downward slope.

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:19 (seven years ago) link

yet curiously he has gotten much richer

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:20 (seven years ago) link

The Borat commercials made it look pretty bad too though. It's probably at least way better than Ali G Indahouse

frogbs, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:22 (seven years ago) link

Is he still doing a Freddie Mercury biopic?

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:22 (seven years ago) link

that's allegedly coming together, yes

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:23 (seven years ago) link

most of it will take place in Zanzibar and will be full of hilaaaarious accents, i'm sure

some dude, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:30 (seven years ago) link

whatever, I'm betting this actually turns out to be pretty funny, though I'm sure everyone else here is likely going to rain smdhs and nagls upon it

frogbs, Thursday, 17 May 2012 01:28 (seven years ago) link

Really funny movies sometimes have awful commercials.

billstevejim, Thursday, 17 May 2012 07:14 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

Ugh yeah watched The Dictator a few weeks ago, it was really bad. There were a few parts in it that i thought offered actually good political satire. Mainly the bit where they are on the helicopter excitedly talking about touring NYC and the frightened tourists in front of them only hear frightening terrorist buzzwords. And the speech at the very end about how the US more or less embraces the same horrible practices we fear in dictator-run countries. But really this was a few good political satire skits wrapped around a really stupid plot connecting a bunch of gross-out setpieces. It feels like the kind of movie a high schooler would make if you gave him a lot of money and an MTV production crew at his disposal.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 22 October 2012 20:57 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, pretty terrible. The only bit I can remember really making me laugh was the conversation about cartoon bombs. His accent was really weird, sounded almost Irish at times.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 13:57 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmgVDLjSk-s

Looks, uh, unlikely to be good.

Was reminiscing with H about some of the better Ali G/Borat/Bruno bits and a few still crack me up to think about, e.g. Bruno meeting with the gay conversion priest, Borat campaigning door to door in a US local election, Borat with the dating coach, Ali G interviewing Chomsky. Sort of sad just how huge the gulf is between his best and worst stuff and just how voluminous his worst work is.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Saturday, 12 December 2015 03:25 (four years ago) link

the leaked SONY emails revealed some fascinating stuff about this

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Sacha-Baron-Cohen-s-film-Grimsby-characters-hide/story-26353224-detail/story.html

piscesx, Saturday, 12 December 2015 20:26 (four years ago) link

wish he'd managed to do the freddy mercury film, he would have been really good

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 12 December 2015 21:29 (four years ago) link

This sounds as insufferable as expected, it sounds like he's done a Shatner's Bassoon ripoff as well. Fuck this tool!

calzino, Monday, 16 July 2018 17:08 (one year ago) link

satire huh so that's what this is.

mods can you delete my last three posts i clearly missed the point

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Monday, 16 July 2018 17:19 (one year ago) link

Sacha Baron Cohen's not actually supposed to be "funny," you know.

Alan Alba (Tom D.), Monday, 16 July 2018 17:19 (one year ago) link

it's quite possible that his ambitions/aims have evolved...

Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America” is much more disturbing than the surface-level of officials saying “give children weapons.”

(Brief thread)https://t.co/vmI6pk8pIs

— Ms. Entropy / سيدة الفتنة (@MsEntropy) July 16, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 July 2018 18:03 (one year ago) link

He has evolved beyond "Grimsby".

Alan Alba (Tom D.), Monday, 16 July 2018 18:07 (one year ago) link

It’s hard watching satire post-Trump. 2 years or so back, during every episode of Last Week Tonight about the NRA or Drumpf’s bankruptcies or whatever i was like “Wow how can he survive THIS…” and then you’d see it didn’t dent his image one jot somehow.

piscesx, Monday, 16 July 2018 19:10 (one year ago) link

Outraging liberals IS his image

Οὖτις, Monday, 16 July 2018 19:16 (one year ago) link

xp thought it was kind of obvious that the use of the character had as much to do with Israel and the terrorism paradigm as with gun control. I mean he makes a joke about shooting an arab gardener, that's pretty "surface level" but thanks twitter thread

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 14:26 (one year ago) link

the sanders bit was pretty funny if you watched it with scott steiner's "steiner math" in your head (tbf tho it's always in my head)

challops trap house (Will M.), Thursday, 19 July 2018 03:29 (one year ago) link

Baron Cohen also came from a highly educated university iirc

tsrobodo, Thursday, 19 July 2018 10:44 (one year ago) link

THe show seems to be doing well enough that it can sponsor the Late Show. I'm not 100% sure what that entails but surprised tehy would have extra budget if its what I thought it was.

But it was tagged as sponsor on one of the last 2 nights.

Stevolende, Thursday, 19 July 2018 10:50 (one year ago) link

That's Showtime looking to take the lead from HBO. Between having Billions (better than Succession) and this show (more buzz than any recent HBO comedy), makes sense they'll spend to sponsor it.

... (Eazy), Thursday, 19 July 2018 14:07 (one year ago) link

I feel like his star fell a lot with the Borat movie, the Bruno movie and various dumb antics, but the Ali G show was legit very funny imo.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 19 July 2018 14:11 (one year ago) link

Borat movie was his peak, Bruno was when everyone got sick of him

flappy bird, Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:50 (one year ago) link

the wrestling-event sequence in Bruno was arguably funnier and more scandalous than anything in Borat - I remember virtually nothing else in/about it, though

Simon H., Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:53 (one year ago) link

super greg is peak

https://youtu.be/V8wrIgbiCgs

Allen (etaeoe), Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:59 (one year ago) link

xp I meant more his critical star than his popular star. IN the movie he sort of played out the Borat character by turning it into an SNL-style catch phrase guy with some shock humor thrown in. The sketches were much more clever.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:07 (one year ago) link

Ali G show was one of the best DVD purchases I ever made, honestly

the segment where Bruno keeps making the Spring Breakers spell out PARTY is so classic. dude jumping off the van always makes me lose it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhP0tOm6yt0

frogbs, Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:11 (one year ago) link

I loved this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXuI3DqaCyw

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:12 (one year ago) link

Borat the sketch always sort of toed the line btw laughs at the expense of a foreign caricature vs laughs at the expense of Americans' naivite with respect to and ignorance of foreigners, but mostly leaned toward the latter. The movie really tipped things toward the former imo.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:13 (one year ago) link

THis seems to be very hit and miss. I found myself laughing at a couple of bits but miss seems to outweigh things.
Californian vacuity seems to be a favourite topic of his, at least i'm assuming both of those women were califonian.
Way too much non-firing sketches anyway.
So wonder how many bad pub impressions it will trigger.

Stevolende, Monday, 23 July 2018 14:52 (one year ago) link

Agreed. First episode was pretty zzz. It's been done better many times before and in this batshit political climate not particularly shocking.

millmeister, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 15:31 (one year ago) link

The mosque segment was depressing.

Yerac, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 15:35 (one year ago) link

i take back some of my criticism after seeing the jason spencer thing.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 16:48 (one year ago) link

party clip frog linked is so good

iatee, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 17:10 (one year ago) link

he he yeah it's great

niels, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 06:19 (one year ago) link

Haha that Bruno clip.. haven’t seen it since it aired but I can still remember vividly the moment when the dude rips off the mic spoffle. Such a weird instantaneous moment of anger.

piscesx, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 10:06 (one year ago) link

Still my favourite in terms of sheer nerve
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iMjFoT7yWE

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 10:11 (one year ago) link

whoops

Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer, who attracted nationwide ridicule after yelling obscenities and dropping his pants on Sacha Baron Cohen’s TV show, has submitted his resignation from the Georgia House of Representatives, the office of the House speaker confirmed to The Washington Post early Wednesday.

a Stupendous Leg of Granite (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 10:20 (one year ago) link

I guess this is already by default the year's best american journalism then

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:10 (one year ago) link

i was considering adding this to the Looks Like an Onion Headline but Isn't thread...

Georgia State Rep. Jason Spencer to Resign in Wake of Pants-Dropping Debacle

note that "pants-dropping debacle" takes precedence over repeatedly shouting racial slurs and Islamophobic sentiments

Lee626, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:18 (one year ago) link

that cheese video is agonizing

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 15:46 (one year ago) link

From BBC:

Mr Spencer had initially refused to quit over what he called a "ridiculously ugly episode".

The four-term representative was defeated in the Republican primary for his seat in May, but had intended to serve his remaining five months in office.

He said in a statement Baron Cohen had taken "advantage of my paralysing fear that my family would be attacked".

"My fears were so heightened at that time, I was not thinking clearly nor could I appreciate what I was agreeing to when I participated in his 'class'," he said.

Mr Spencer apologised to "my family, friends, and the people of my district", adding: "I deeply regret the language I used at (Baron Cohen's) request."

Neil S, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 16:50 (one year ago) link

does this mean I have to watch the show now ?
I am not usually a fan of this kind of thing …

mark e, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 17:20 (one year ago) link

v cool that this guy’s able to admit that he’d be so overwhelmed by fear in the event that he was attacked that he’d be of no practical use in defending his family

i assume that his guns will be confiscated by the state for his safety and the safety of others

a Stupendous Leg of Granite (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 17:29 (one year ago) link

amazing how far the media contorts itself to avoid calling people racist

Sacha Baron Cohen made an Arizona town seem racist. Now officials are promising change. https://t.co/2ExeY9yILi

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 25, 2018

frogbs, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 19:20 (one year ago) link

trying to find that clip yesterday by googling 'kingman az mosque' and it turns out there actually IS a mosque there...

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 19:51 (one year ago) link

Kingman has the creepiest Walmart I've even been in, which is saying something

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 20:17 (one year ago) link

"seem" racist

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 20:30 (one year ago) link

Well to be fair there was what? 40 citizens at the town hall? It would be irresponsible to call the whole town of 45,000 citizens racists because of these 40 folks. Unless there is something about Kingman that I missed. Man I laughed when he announced the Mosque. Parks and Rec had good bits about town halls and what kind of people attend them.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 28 July 2018 04:30 (one year ago) link

Arizona is hella racist tho like, as a state

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 28 July 2018 04:34 (one year ago) link

I all states are hella racist to varying degrees but like there's "Public Enemy specifically wrote a song about how racist your state is" racist

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 28 July 2018 04:35 (one year ago) link

There are definitely racists in arizona but living in california i met a lot of mexicans who moved/retired in arizona and love it

Also arizona is heavily advertised as a retirement spot in japan, so there are more and more asians there

F# A# (∞), Saturday, 28 July 2018 04:37 (one year ago) link

Well the mayor's response is:

The comments in the show, fairly or unfairly, show that we still have more work to do. So here are additional steps we are going to be taking as ours is a community like too many others in America that still encounter such issues.

Love how politicians are always ready to throw the whole country under the bus when they have pointed fingers at them for racism.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 28 July 2018 04:39 (one year ago) link

I googled the place as well and it has not only a mosque alreaddy but one quite large and obvious ffs. People are stupid.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Saturday, 28 July 2018 05:16 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Delicious Donut, you have to understand that uh, you have to follow the Constitution and the law and allow people to have guns.

No organ. (crüt), Saturday, 11 August 2018 22:39 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

on war footing with tech companies

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 02:00 (one week ago) link

borat sucks

treeship., Tuesday, 3 December 2019 02:08 (one week ago) link

the naked hotel fight in Borat is the hardest and longest I have ever laughed in a movie. well, either that or PSH in Along Came Polly coining "sharted." god, my mom and I were laughing at both for like 20 minutes.
like sands through the hourglass...

flappy bird, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 05:19 (one week ago) link

I have to agree about that Borat fight scene. I saw it in a theater, and I was in tears at the end of that scene.

o. nate, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 03:14 (one week ago) link


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