Just got back from The Aristocrats with a Q & A by the very-funny-in-person Larry Miller. Good movie. Needed an edit.
Interesting they included only two black people, almost no funny women, and no asians or latinos or Others. (Roseanne, Margaret Cho, George Lopez, Rosie O'Donnell, Wanda Sykes, Bill Cosby, Paula Poundstone, Carol Burnett, Cher, Ellen Degerneres, Brett Butler, Janeane Garafolo, Joan Rivers, Andrea Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Kathy Griffin, Catherine O'Hara...Not in the rolodex? Or not funny because they're not white men?)
Hmmm. Not that comedy is an old white guy fraternity. No...(Thank you Whoopi, Carrie, Phyllis and Sarah for representing...)
Actually, my favorite thing about the movie was that sophisticate Eddie Izzard (funniest man alive) couldn't even bring himself to outline the joke. He should have just done it in French:
Le singe est sur la branche manger merde...Très bien. Les membre de l'aristocratie!
I'm pretty sure he was the only gay comedian. Interesting.
If you need a preview, here's your Free Glimpse. Très bien. Kyle's reaction to the joke was mine as well, though the documentary is fascinating as a history of class/race/gender and joke structure. And of course, a lovely demonstration of free speech.
And here's a subjective list of Important Comedy Moments.