A refreshing blast of obscenity

Aris_2Our vote for tagline of the year so far goes to the new documentary The Aristocrats: “No nudity. No violence. Unspeakable obscenity.” How could you pass that up? Penn Jillette, the talkative half of comedy/magic team Penn & Teller (and father of new baby girl Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette), came up with the line. He co-directed the movie with standup comic Paul Provenza. The film features various comedians telling their own versions of a filthy joke that’s been a kind of calling card for comedians backstage since the days of vaudeville. In this age of anti-obscenity, this movie sounds quite invigorating. Of course, as Jillette told Kurt Andersen on Studio 360 this week, “There’s no intention whatsoever of putting it on during the Super Bowl.”

—Posted by Tim Nudd