Great Job, Internet!: Read This: A surprisingly safe-for-work oral history of The Aristocrats

Oral histories have become so culturally ubiquitous that NPR member station Nevada Public Radio has what may be an M.C. Escher-like first: An oral history of an oral history. The 2005 comedy documentary The Aristocrats told the story of the titular joke through interviews with comedians from Sarah Silverman to George Carlin to Carrot Top, who shed light on the joke’s origins and development over time and, most importantly, gave their own, often wildly varying renditions of it. “The Aristocrats” (the joke) describes a family of performers doing the darkest, sickest shit any given comedian can imagine a family doing together, all leading up to an anticlimactic, if inevitable, punchline.

In honor of The Aristocrats‘ 10th anniversary, Nevada Public Radio caught up with key figures behind the movie, including Silverman, Bob Saget, co-directors Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette, and Gilbert Gottfried, whose unplanned telling of the joke at …

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