Thursday, May 28, 2009

Much respect for Sacha Baron Cohen

"Jonah Hill: A lot of times I would write jokes for BrĂ¼no and Sacha would say, “You can’t use that joke unless you explain what it’s satirizing or what the hypocrisy in the joke is. What are you trying to point out in that joke?”"

Glad to see that, despite the horrendous onslaught of literally ignorant Borat quotes, the man behind the masks, British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, has a strong understanding of the essential question of well-written, responsibly-performed comedy: at what is the punchline striking?

(from the Justin Monroe Complex magazine interview with Jonah Hill, archived online here)

Thursday, May 21, 2009