Ali G in da USAiii

Published on 11 April 2003 in , , ,

Okay, I can’t deny it any longer. I was one of those five people who regularly watched Channel 4’s 11 O’Clock Show. And I liked it. Sometimes it was pretty naff, but it had some true gems in there. One of those gems was Ali G.

It’s seems funny to say that Ali G was a gem, looking back now. The whole joke seemed to wear thin with the follow up ‘The Ali G Show’, and I never even bothered with ‘Ali G Da Movie’. So when Ali G In Da USAiii came on, I didn’t move from the computer to the TV. Not straight away anyway.

As it progressed, it seemed like Ali G had gone back to his roots – in my mind the best stuff always was the interviews with unsuspecting politicians and other assorted famous people and they were there in abundance. Rather than the joke being tired, being stateside seemed to give Ali a new, although probably temporary, lease of life. Like in the UK, it’s liable that the unwitting stars will eventually become wise to the joke.

Indeed it seems hard to see how Ali can progress much further, although there seems like there can be further millage in Sacha Baron Cohen’s other similar creations – the ones that aren’t quite as famous and are rather similar to Ali. The interesting thing will be to sit around and see how long it takes before it becomes the Sacha Baron Cohen Show rather than playing on the Ali G name.