LATELY — 15 July 2005

The Aristocrats?

Is this for real? Vanity Fair, August 2005, p. 40:

Culled from over 100 hours of interview, The Aristocrats, a new doc­u­men­tary from co­me­dian Penn Jil­lette (Penn & Teller) and Paul Provenza, is devoted ex­clu­sively to a single joke, which, until now, was a secret rite of the stand-up circuit, per­formed only for comics by comics, after hours. And with good reason: its success hinges on the de­scrip­tion of an imag­i­nary scene so vic­ser­ally of­fen­sive that the lis­tener is, in most cases stunned into laughter. … [The joke] always ends with the same, de­cep­tively tame punch line: “We’re the aristocrats!”