Ali G Indahouse
Ali G Indahouse
The interviewees are usually chosen to be initially sympathetic to this street-educated youth with little opportunity, and their struggles to avoid being offended as wave upon wave of crudity is heaped on them usually provides a hilarious ten minutes. An early interview occurred with fashion designer Tomasz Starzewski. Ali G suggested that the Wonderbra should be banned, as it misleads men into thinking that a girl's breasts are larger than they are. He tells an anecdote of being disappointed when a girl he had "pulled" was wearing a Wonderbra. He also asked Starzewski if he was pleased Gianni Versace was slain because it meant less competition, and suggested that he heard a rumour that Calvin Klein did it. Other examples of his bold interviewing style include getting the Bishop of Horsham to admit that God created the Universe, and then asked him, "And since then, He's [God's] just chilled?" Ali G asked the Bishop about God's appearance, to which the Bishop replied, "Well, he's sort of Jesus-shaped." During an interview with James Ferman (former director of the British Board of Film Classification), Ali G asks whether his made-up vulgarities would restrict a film to an over-18 audience, and suggests that film censorship be performed by younger persons who understand contemporary slang.
Ali G begins an interview with the Chairman of the Arts Council of England Gerry Robinson with the question, "Why is it that everything you fund is so crap?" Ali G was introduced to American audiences as a limousine driver in Madonna's 2000 video, "Music," and subsequently recorded his own record with reggae/pop performer Shaggy. In 2001, Ali G hosted MTV Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2002, he was the central character in the feature film Ali G Indahouse, in which he is elected to the British Parliament, and foils a plot to bulldoze a community centre in his home town of Staines. The film featured a duet between Ali G and Shaggy, Me Julie, which reached number two on the UK charts.
Ali G is presently the title character of HBO's Da Ali G Show, which features two other characters played by Cohen: Borat Sagdiyev, a foreign correspondent from Kazakhstan, and Bruno, a fashion reporter for Austria's fictional 'Gay TV'. Ali G is in a series of ads for the 2005-06 NBA season, in which he used his brand of off-kilter journalism to interview various NBA stars. The spots were directed by Spike Lee. Ali G (Alistair Leslie Ibrahim Graham) is a fictional gang member of the "West Staines Massiv", who lives with his grandmother in a semi-detached house at 36 Cherry Blossom Close, in the heart of the "Staines Ghetto". He was educated at what he calls "da Matthew Arnold Skool" which is a real secondary school. Staines is a middle-class commuter town to the west of London that has been the butt of jokes for many years, and is far different from the inner city ghetto that Ali G claims. In the same comic vein, he also makes reference to other similar middle-class towns in the area, such as Egham and Englefield Green.
Despite the incongruous nature of his home town, he purports to exemplify gangsta culture. Ali G's non-standard grammar has been the point of ridicule by at least one interviewee. Claiming to be black and of Jamaican ancestry, some of his catch phrases include "Booyakasha", "West Side", "Respek" (respect), and "Keep It Real". His trademark hand gesture is the dip snap. Ali G's appearance (skull cap, close cropped goatee, and Tommy Hilfiger wardrobe) is modelled closely on house music artist Armand van Helden. Read more on Last.fm.
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