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By Film Threat Staff | August 10, 2005

F**k! How often do you get awarded for being vulgar? Yeah, it’s pretty rare. So you better grab the opportunity while you can!
Following the theatrical opening in NY and LA of THE ARISTOCRATS, THINKFilm have announced a contest that invites fans of THE ARISTOCRATS to present their own takes on the “unspeakable obscenity” at the heart of the joke showcased in the movie. Running July 29th through September 30th, the contest is presented by THINKFilm with promotional partners and A contest announcement also follows credits on the film on all theatrical prints.

Submissions of the infamous joke will compete in two separate categories: Live Action, and Non-live action (animation, claymation, flash, etc..). One grand prize winner from each category will have their rendition of the joke presented on THE ARISTOCRATS DVD, and each will receive a $1,000 cash prize. 8 runners up will receive a THINKFilm DVD pack. Depending on space, there is a chance the 8 runner ups will be presented on the DVD.

After screening the movie, entrants are encouraged to come up with highly original creative renditions of the joke –a true challenge given that the film includes extremely diverse versions told via pantomime, a card trick, and a juggling act.

In THE ARISTOCRATS, comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends, (who happen to be some of the biggest names in entertainment, from George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Carey to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman) to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world’s dirtiest joke, an old burlesque routine, too extreme to be performed in public.

Penn says “There’s nothing more American than the dirty joke: Comedy and freedom of speech. Provenza and I never get sick of this joke, but we’ve run out of friends. We need you to tell the joke. Lay it on us. Push us. We’ve pushed the limits as far as we can take it. You might have to make up new vulgarity. Tell it live in public, tell it to someone dead in private, animation, claymation, performance art. The lawyers say just don’t break any laws and don’t actually use your family dog. We’ll put the winners on the DVD with our friends from the movie, plus even more legends of comedy.”

For more info, visit the “Aristocrats” website.

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