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•  Family
context:


           –  Born
in
London
in
1971

           –  Youngest
of
three
sons

           –  Jewish
Fami...
•  Israel
&
Judaism:


           –  First
acted
in
theatrical
producCon
featuring
the

              Socialist‐Zionist
yo...
  ustrian
Gay
Reporter

 A
  ppeared
on
the
Paramount
Comedy

 A
Channel
in
1998

 nterviews
unsuspected
guests
about

...
  haracter
first
developed
in
1996‐1997
but

  C
remained
dormant
while
Cohen
concentrated

on
Ali
G

  ohen
revisited
hi...
  ppeared
on
Channel
4’s
The
Eleven
O’Clock
Show

  A
as
the
“voice
of
da
yoof”
in
1998

  tereotype
of
a
“wigger”

  S
...
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  1. 1. •  Family
context:

 –  Born
in
London
in
1971
 –  Youngest
of
three
sons
 –  Jewish
Family
(mother
born
in
Israel)
 •  EducaCon:
 –  AEended
Haberdasher’s
Aske’s
Boy’s
 School
(privileged
private
school)
 –  AEented
Dulwich
College
 –  AEended
Christ’s
College
(University
of
 Cambridge),
where
he
wrote
his
thesis
on
 Jewish
Involvement
in
the
American
Civil
 Rights
movement

 Ali
G,
delivering
the
Class
Day
 speech
to
the
Harvard
class
of
 2004,
in
front
of
Memorial
Church
 in
Harvard
Yard

  2. 2. •  Israel
&
Judaism:

 –  First
acted
in
theatrical
producCon
featuring
the
 Socialist‐Zionist
youth
movement
Habonim
Dror
 –  Spent
a
year
in
Israel
at
Kibbutz
Rosh
HaNikra
 and
Kibbutz
Beit
HaEmek
 –  Refuses
to
answer
the
phone
on
Sabbat
 “I
wouldn’t
say
I
am
a
 religious
Jew,
but
I’m
sCll
 proud
to
be
Jewish”
 • 

Personal
life:
 
 ‐
Engaged
to
Australian
actress
Isla
Fisher
 (converted
to
Judaism)
 ‐
Plan
to
wed
in
a
tradiConal
Jewish
Ceremony
 ‐
Father
of
Olive
(born
in
October
2007
in
L.A.,
 CA)

  3. 3.   ustrian
Gay
Reporter
 A   ppeared
on
the
Paramount
Comedy
 A Channel
in
1998
  nterviews
unsuspected
guests
about
 I topics
such
as
fashion,
entertainment,
 celebriCes
and
homosexuality
   amous
German
accent
(“vassup
?”)
 F   umor
with
poliCcal
undertones
 H  nterviewees
making
outrageous
 I statements
   evealing
an
interviewee’s
apparent
 R ignorance

  4. 4.   haracter
first
developed
in
1996‐1997
but
 C remained
dormant
while
Cohen
concentrated
 on
Ali
G
   ohen
revisited
his
Borat
character
in
Da
Ali
 C G
Show
   orat
is
a
ficConal
Kazakhstani
journalist
:
 B Cultural
Learnings
of
America
for
Make
Benefit
 Glorious
NaCon
of
Kazakhstan
   ilm
released
in
2006
 F   
mockumentary
which
includes
interviews
 A with
various
Amerian
ciCzens
that
poke
fun
at
 the
hobgoblins
of
American
culture,
including
 sexism,
racism,
homophobia,
anC‐SemiCsm
 and
Baywatch
!
=>
reflects
uncomfortable
 truths
about
his
audience
   BC
won
the
2007
Golden
Globe
in
the
“Best
 S Actor
–
Musical
or
Comedy”
category

  5. 5.   ppeared
on
Channel
4’s
The
Eleven
O’Clock
Show
 A as
the
“voice
of
da
yoof”
in
1998
   tereotype
of
a
“wigger”
 S   oorish,
uneducated,
streetwise
youth
with
a
 B deeply
stereotypical
view
of
the
world
   mbarrasses
his
interviewee
by
displaying
a
 E mixture
of
uninformed
poliCcal
incorrectness
   ets
the
interview
“vicCm”
to
agree
to
some
 G inaccuracy
or
insult
 Ex:
 • Wonderbra
should
be
banned,
as
it
misleads
men
 
 into
thinking
that
a
girl’s
breasts
are
larger
than
they
 are
 • He
began
an
interview
with
the
Chairman
of
he
Arts
 
 Council
of
England
with
the
quesCon:
“Why
is
that
 everything
you
fund
is
so
crap?”


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