, aka Norman Gunston
, aka the "little aussie bleeder
," may be well known out Australia way. For most Americans, however, Norman G
remains far, far down under the radar. But he's the forefather of the UK's Ali G
; he's Canadian Nardwuar thee Human Serviette's
nerdier dad; he's America's Lazlo Toth
(US) with a combover and a microphone; he's Jiminy Glick
's Jack Sprat
. Perhaps you saw Norman long ago
in a segment on USA Network's Night Flight
. [bonus: many many youtubes of Night Flight segments, courtesy of this awesome website.]
But I bet you didn't know he released a KIckaSS single
), jammed with Frank Zappa
, and was at the right place and time to upstage a piece of Australian History
. Not bad for someone whom Keith Moon dumped his drink on and called a "great pooftah." [more inside]
posted by not_on_display
on May 4, 2008 -
, the once-king of the "club kids" speaks with New York magazine regarding his ten years in prison and recent denial of parole.
posted by dr_dank
on Dec 18, 2006 -
In a rare interview out of character,
Sacha Baron Cohen discusses his reaction to the controversy over Borat:
And the reason we chose Kazakhstan was because it was a country that no one had heard anything about, so we could essentially play on stereotypes they might have about this ex-Soviet backwater. The joke is not on Kazakhstan. I think the joke is on people who can believe that the Kazakhstan that I describe can exist -- who believe that there's a country where homosexuals wear blue hats and the women live in cages and they drink fermented horse urine and the age of consent has been raised to nine years old."
Maybe this Kazakhstan doesn't exist--but Borat's antics sometimes aren't far off the mark from other parts of the world where gang-rape and stoning are meted out as punishment.
Is it so silly to appreciate Borat as a comical icon from these dark corners of the world? Who is ignorant of what is really happening in the world--Cohen or his unwitting interviewees?
posted by Brian James
on Nov 16, 2006 -
Highlights bigotry or encourages it?
Ali G comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's latest Channel 4 show, 'Borat's Television Programme', is being investigated by TV watchdogs following complaints about a sketch featuring an anti-Semitic song titled 'Throw the Jew down the well'.
A Channel 4 spokesman said: "Sacha Baron Cohen's humour is ironic and actually highlights bigotry and ignorance." The irony being that Baron is himself a Jew.
posted by Jase_B
on Aug 22, 2004 -
Da Ali G. Show
I hadn't heard anything about this show before I came across it by accident, but I think it would floor most of you. It's truly hilarious. If you're not sure, check out the clip "Three Faces of Ali" here
I have a feeling this show is really going to catch on... sorry if it's not post-appropriate, but I thought the humor is pretty sophisticated and right up Metafilter's alley.
posted by sparky
on Mar 3, 2003 -
Laughter capital of the world?
"Declining audiences, dull material, complacent comics: a crisis is looming ....London suddenly appears to be in the grip of a recession for the first time since the alternative comedy boom took off at the beginning of the 1980s." From a nation exporting Bill Bailey
(live in NYC this week) ,Eddie Izzard
, Ali G
, can this really be happening? (BTW I always thought Canada
tried to lay a claim to this crown?)
posted by Voyageman
on Dec 16, 2002 -
Like Benny Hill
, Monty Python
, Mr Bean
, Eddy Izzard, et al
, before him, looks like Sacha Baron Cohen, aka Ali G
. is finally heading this way. Although the London Times
denounces him, while "frighteningly" proclaiming his latest movie will be a massive hit, and the BBC
is royally pissed off, there's no holding him back. Next stop is America
and he wants to be massive
in da States. Some prior discussions going back all the way to May 2000 here
, PS You can catch a glimpse of him the next time Shaggy's Me Julie video plays.
posted by Voyageman
on Mar 22, 2002 -
Britain's best footballer, David Beckham, and his wife Posh Spice are almost as important as royalty. That they have agreed to be interviewed by spoofist Ali G is a tad surprising...read the transcript here
posted by ecvgi
on Feb 20, 2001 -