Gilbert Gottfried: Dirty Jokes (2005) Review

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Truly Tasteless Joke Book The Movie.

Gilbert Gottfried: Dirty Jokes (2005): 4 out of 10: Notice the “concert film” is called Dirty Jokes not funny jokes. I also put concert film in quotes because this is the most disinterested collection of Yuppies I have ever seen. The audience often groans or at the very least sits in an impatient silence during Gottfried’s performance.

Not that Gottfried does not give them reason to squirm. His jokes are dirty… that was a given, but often they are not all that funny. Part of the problem is that many of these moldy chestnuts are probably older than Gottfried himself. It is as if he was giving an X-rated Jack Benny routine.

The culmination of this collection of tasteless one-liners is yet another rendition of the Aristocrats joke. If you missed that dead horse-beating documentary The Aristocrats, the joke is a ten-minute collection of the most scatological collection of images followed by a shaggy dog joke punch line. The joke (like most shaggy dog humor) only works if you are not expecting it. Here it falls horribly flat with an audience that is clearly bored.

If you want to see the funniest version of the joke fast forward towards the end of the documentary The Aristocrats and there is a hilarious (and historical) version told in front of a squirming Hugh Hefner a few weeks after 9/11. The brilliant comedian who pulled off this unlikely triumph?… Gilbert Gottfried.

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