GENEVA — “The Aristocrats” is a nonstop dirty joke you can't escape from, told by more than 100 of the greatest comics in the world. The only thing to do is sit back and laugh until it hurts. Obscene, disgusting, vulgar and vile, “The Aristocrats” might be the funniest movie you'll ever see, and it will be shown starting Friday, Oct. 28 at the Smith Opera House.
The premise is simple: Actor/comedian Paul Provenza and his pal, magician/comedian Penn Jillette, had the bright idea to do a kind of home movie with their friends all telling the same dirty joke.
It has to do, essentially, with a couple going into a booking agent's office. He says, “what's your act?” and they say “we go on stage and take off our clothes.” And he says, “what are you called?” and they say, “we're the Aristocrats.”
And in the film, the joke is the basic framework upon which the comics take off with the most scatological ramblings you can imagine. Provenza, who directed; and Jillette, the executive producer, shot more than 100 hours of video over three years. And what they've assembled is a priceless collection of American humor.
In the course of telling the joke, Drew Carey or Jon Stewart or Robin Williams riff on the nature of comedy and how to deliver a joke. And, of course, they all do it differently, so it never gets boring.
The Smith screens this staggeringly obscene and very funny documentary at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 and 31 and Nov. 1, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 31. It is not rated (“If you have ever, ever, ever been offended by any joke,” noted Jillette, “do not see “The Aristocrats”) and has a running time of 86 minutes. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.