In Case You Missed It: The Aristocrats

In yet another installment of our series dedicated to movies you might have missed, but deserve to be seen, I give you… The Aristocrats.

Inside, you’ll find the rest of the story, and some stuff that you shouldn’t have up at work… or around your kids… or the clergy…


The tagline for The Aristocrats is ‘No Nudity. No Violence. Unspeakable Obscenity.’ And that just about sums it up.

The Aristocrats is a joyful celebration of free speech. Dreamed up by Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette (a personal hero of mine), The Aristocrats is a documentary about a joke. A very filthy joke. In fact, the more filthy the telling, the more effective the joke becomes.

The setup is this: A family goes in to see a talent agent and begs him to get them work. The talent agent wants to see their act, so the family performs it for him. The act is filled with vulgarities, crimes against nature, violence… anything the comedian wants to ad lib. Then, the punchline… which is anti-climactic.

The documentary details the history of the joke, why it works, and anecdotes and performances from over 100 comedians.

My favorite? The late, great George Carlin. His performance, and our tribute episode, inspired the B!tch Sl@p gang to record a 45 minute telling of the joke, in our own style (you can find it in Episode #97 – “Gone Too Far!”). Our version starts off slow, but 10 minutes into it, things get out of control.

If you can handle vulgarity and filth, especially if it makes you smile, then you need to see The Aristocrats.

Here’s a sample from the movie (DO NOT PLAY AT WORK, YOU WILL GET FIRED, AND IT WON’T BE OUR FAULT).

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