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The Aristocrats 2017

Posted on: February 18, 2017

THE SHINBONE STAR

Don with daughter Ivanka . . . so close. Don with daughter Ivanka . . . so close.

You may remember the 2005 documentary The Aristocrats, in which an impressive array of comedians including Rodney Dangerfield, Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman discuss a famous dirty joke.

The set-up and punchline of the joke never vary, but what happens in between is up to the twisted imagination of the teller. It starts with a man or a family walking into a talent agent’s office and talking up their great act. Asked for details, the man recounts or the family performs a routine replete with scatological humor, twisted sex acts, obscenity and sometimes bestiality. The dumbfounded agent asks, “What the hell do you call this act?” The response is “The aristocrats.”

Some of the versions told in the film are almost impossible to stomach. But none of them come close to the obscenity of the faux aristocrat we now have living…

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