After numerous rumors, Sacha Baron Cohen confirmed in an interview that he is bringing back one of his greatest characters, Ali G. The comedian and actor said in a recent interview with GQ Magazine that he recently revived his most famous creation in a series that made stand-up appearances The comedy store in Sydney, Australia. Cohen first played the satirical character on Channel 4 in 1998 The 11 o’clock show. Soon he got his own series and in 2000 Da Ali G show first broadcast and crowned a new comedy king.
While Sacha Baron Cohen announced the character’s retirement, and another creation, Borat, in 2007, when he turned to more serious actors, Ali G reappeared at the British Comedy Awards in 2012 to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award on behalf of Cohen and came with its usual controversial style. Two years later, Ali G was back with his own highlight show, Ali G Rezurection, and he also brought borate for that Borat follow-up film. And now, seven years later, it looks like Ali G is about to get a new life.
When asked about his latest rumored twist as a character, Cohen replied, “Yes. Just wanted to go on stage and fool around and see how Ali G would be with a crowd. It was really good fun. ”This naturally led to the question of whether he would donn the iconic costume in the future and get back into the role the same way, he replied,“ Yeah, I think I would have loved it when people laugh at my jokes. Hearing laughter is a rare thing for me. When I make films, I find it funny, but I have to wait three months to hear an audience laugh. “
For those who missed the Ali G experience, its original series can be streamed on All 4 in the UK and now includes a disclaimer that the series contains language and opinions that could be offensive. Over the course of the series, Cohen introduced the characters of Borat and also the gay fashion designer Bruno, who both made up a large part of his work in the ten years after their first appearance.
The character of Ali G got into a storm of controversy around the turn of the millennium. The idea of a white man playing a white man using black vocabulary immediately sparked complaints for some, demanding that Cohen be taken off the air because of his racist. While deep social satire was built into the character, there are many who take such characters at face value. If there’s one thing Cohen isn’t, it’s rotten, and there wasn’t anything Ali G did or said on screen that wasn’t meticulously planned by Cohen in his writing.
How Ali G will fare in the 2020s, we’ll just have to wait and see, but it looks like his test run didn’t go down badly with his Australian audience.