I was listening to Day-to-Day on NPR yesterday, and heard about The Aristocrats, a documentary from Penn Gillette and Paul Prevenza about “the filthiest joke ever told.” It’s a joke that’s only told between professional comedians. as it’s way too harsh for mainstream audiences. There’s 100 comedians all telling their variation of this joke, and you get a sense of the enormous variety of delivery techniques in this heavily-bleeped audio segment. The movie website is a lot more explicit–uncomfortably so–but this is a celebration of free speech and the art of storytelling that I don’t think I should miss. The NPR segment is OK for tender ears…it’s very insightful too. The New York review is highly entertaining too.
Posted on July 29, 2005 in Encounters