Da Ali G Show: Art (2003)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sketch Comedy/Skit Show [TV], Absurd Comedy  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen) takes a look at the art world in this episode. He interviews art professor Arthur Danto, asking him to explain the meanings of terms like "art nouveau," "art deco," and "Art Garfunkel." He also attends a life drawing class, hoping to see a naked woman, and is shocked and disappointed to find that the model is a man. He then interviews James Lipton, the host of Inside the Actors Studio. Ali G offends Lipton by asking him, "Why is it that woman is so good at pretending to be upset?" When Lipton admits on camera to having cried during some films, Ali G generously offers him the opportunity to re-tape the segment. Borat visits acting teacher Charles DiGagno for a quick primer on improvisation. He does a scene with fellow student Jennifer DeFrancesco, who is supposed to try to seduce him. She barely gets started before Borat suggests they continue their conversation off camera, worried that his wife will see it. He then does an audition at Chelsea Studios, reenacting a chase scene from a television show. Ali G hosts a panel on the media, asking them such incisive questions as, "What harm has violence ever done?" He rejects their linking of violence on TV to violence in the streets. "Me watch Star Trek," he counters, "but that don't mean that me go out and build a spaceship...and have them ears." Bruno visits Los Angeles, and asks a stylist, "If Jesus was alive today, where would he shop?" Ali G interviews former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, asking him, "Do you think man will ever walk on the sun?" In response to a joke Ali tells about the moon, Aldrin helpfully points out that "things are funny or comedic because they mix the real with the absurd."

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