Thursday 9 January 2003

Booyakasha! Ali G goes to the States

You just know that this is going to be superb! Ali lost it a bit over here because everyone now knows him so it's more difficult for him to get away with it. But to see Ali G interview Newt and Buzz is something I'd dearly love to see - he'll eat them all for lunch. Definitely a Jedi.

Booyakasha! British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is taking his comic creation Ali G, the spoof white wannabe rap star, to the US.

Ali G will make his US debut next month on cable channel HBO, the home of hit shows including Sex and the City, The Sopranos and Six Feet Under.

But he won't be reinventing himself as a character from the Bronx or any other downtown district of the US - instead he is returning to his roots as a spoof yoof TV interviewer.

Da Ali G Show will feature Baron Cohen as Ali G, conducting his trademark dumbed-down interviews with leading American politicians and celebrities, none of whom are aware of his cover in the UK.

US public figures suffering the Ali G treatment include rightwing Republican Newt Gingrich, former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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