Sacha Baron Cohen
Childhood and youth
Sacha Baron Cohen grew up as the second of three sons with his brothers Amnon and Erran in a middle-class Jewish family in the London borough of Hammersmith . His father Gerald Baron Cohen, who was from Wales , ran a clothes shop in Piccadilly Circus . His mother, Daniella Weiser, was a native of Israel . The baron part of the name is not to be understood as a title of nobility; it is part of the compound surname and an English derivation of the Hebrew word Baruch , in German "blessed". Baron Cohen spent his school days at the exclusive Haberdashers 'Aske's Boys' School . Already there he showed his talent and his fluency when he won an essay competition in the daily newspaper The Times at the age of eight , in which he warned the correct use of the English language. In his youth he was an active member of the youth organization Habonim Dror . There he gained his first acting experience in a theater group in a production of Neil Simon's play Biloxi Blues . One of his hobbies was break dancing , which introduced him to the hip-hop scene that he later satirized.
Time in Cambridge
After attending Christ's College in Cambridge , he lived in Israel for a year and worked on Kibbutz Rosh HaNikra . He then returned to the UK and studied history at Cambridge University , where his cousin Simon Baron-Cohen is now director of the Autism Research Center. In Cambridge he played with the theater company Footlights in plays such as Cyrano de Bergerac and Fiddler on the Roof . His childhood friend Dan Mazer also played there , who would later support him permanently as an author and producer. In 1992, Baron Cohen went on a study trip to America, where he met civil rights activist Robert Parris Moses . In his thesis, “The Black-Jewish Alliance: A Case of Mistaken Identity” , which was well received, he examined the culture of African-Americans and Jews as well as their role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and dealt in particular with the mutual relationship between Jewish and black civil rights activists. Special consideration was given to the Mississippi civil rights activist murders of Michael Schwerner , James Earl Chaney and Andrew Goodman . He finished his studies with a grade of 2: 1. In 1994 he worked as a model.
Practicing Jew Cohen lives in Los Angeles and has been married to Australian actress Isla Fisher since 2010 . With her he shot the 8-minute short film “Spyz” in 2003 as a James Bond parody, which was used for advertising purposes as a pilot for the Ali G Show in the USA. They have two daughters and one son together. His cousin Simon Baron-Cohen is a well-known psychologist and autism researcher .
Beginnings as a comedian
Baron Cohen took on various film roles during his studies. After graduation, he aspired to a career as a comedian; he appeared regularly with his brother in a comedy club in London's West Hampstead . He made his first appearances in front of the camera on the relatively unknown Paramount Comedy Cable Channel with the character Brüno , a fictional gay Austrian fashion journalist. In 1995 he was a guest on Channel 4's Jack Dee and Jeremy Hardy Show . In 1995/1996 he presented the cable shows Pump TV and F2F . Harry Thompson and Andrew Newman , the producers of the Eleven O'Clock Show on Channel 4, heard about him. Harry Thompson recognized Baron Cohen's ability to use his form of comedy to expose people's true motives.
Breakthrough as a comedian
Baron Cohen had his breakthrough in 1998 when he first appeared as Ali G on the "11 O'Clock Show" . Since 2000 he has appeared in Great Britain under this pseudonym on the show of the same name. The concept of the performances is that Baron Cohen interviewed politicians, celebrities or people in the role of Ali G , playing mainly with the ambiguity of the English language. The sometimes contradicting meanings of one and the same phrase in different social classes are the main stylistic device of the figure. Among other things, he interviewed the astronaut Buzz Aldrin , the author Gore Vidal , the real estate mogul and later US President Donald Trump , the Egyptian millionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed , the former spokesman for the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich , the political commentator Pat Buchanan and the Linguist Noam Chomsky . Also in 2000 he chauffeured Madonna in the music video for her single "Music". The role of Ali G earned Baron Cohen the British Comedy Award for best newcomer. In 2001 the show won the British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy Series. That year he hosted as Ali G , the MTV Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt . In 2002 he shot his first film Ali G in da House , which attracted almost half a million moviegoers in Germany. He released several songs on the accompanying soundtrack. The song "Me Julie" , which he produced with Shaggy , deserves special mention . From February 2003, Da Ali G Show was broadcast on HBO in the USA and was also received positively there.
For the film Madagascar , Baron Cohen played the song "I Like To Move It" (originally by Reel 2 Real ) in 2005 and was also a voice actor in the role of the lemur king Julien. In 2005, Baron Cohen presented the MTV Europe Music Awards in Lisbon for the second time, this time as Borat Sagdiyev . In 2006, the film Borat - Cultural Learning of America to Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan , which was created from the character in the Da Ali G Show , was released. The film, in which Baron Cohen played the lead role and also worked on the script, sparked wide approval, but also aroused controversy. In the summer of 2009 the film Brüno , also from a character from the Da Ali G Show , was released in theaters. Baron Cohen was also seen in the productions Ricky Bobby - King of Racing Drivers and Hugo Cabret as well as in the musical film Sweeney Todd by Tim Burton .
From February to June 2012, the filming of the remake of the musical Les Misérables , directed by Tom Hooper , in which Baron Cohen played Thénardier. In 2014 he stood for the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland: Behind the Mirrors in front of the camera, produced by Tim Burton , which was released in May 2016. Baron Cohen was originally slated for the role of Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody . According to him, the collaboration was terminated due to differences with Roger Taylor and Brian May in the style and direction of the film, the band members in turn cited Baron Cohen's public connection to his comedic roles as the reason.
Style of humor
Baron Cohen's humor consists of the development of an alter ego , which then, often without strangers knowing of the character's fictional character, reveals the habitus , social norms and values of the interview partner through provocative questions and actions . Character behavior that is not appropriate in a particular situation or is not politically correct is typical . Baron Cohen (as Borat ) asks a feminist whether it might not be a problem that women have smaller brains. Through sexist ( Ali G , Borat ) or anti-Semitic ( Borat , Aladeen ) figures, Baron Cohen also exposes such prejudices in his interview partners. This is exactly what Baron Cohen intended. By unashamedly clumsy expressions of prejudice, Borat gets his interviewees to say things and express opinions that, under normal circumstances, they would never have uttered for reasons of political correctness. A fox hunter admits to him that it is "a great pleasure to kill an animal" ( it's much fun to kill an animal ) and that " it makes you feel big " and an older male academic interviewee said of Cambridge University finally expressed the opinion in an interview that women might have as much intelligence as men, but no creativity and that they could not think properly ( ... women haven't got creative minds, they cannot think properly ). About the character Borat, Baron Cohen says:
"By himself being anti-Semitic, he lets people lower their guard and expose their own prejudice, whether it's anti-Semitism or an acceptance of anti-Semitism."
"By appearing anti-Semitic himself, he removes people's inhibitions about making their own prejudices public, regardless of whether it is about their own anti-Semitism or the acceptance of foreign anti-Semitism."
His critical examination of anti-Semitism was already formed during his studies in Cambridge. Particularly a statement of the historian Ian Kershaw have influenced him, saying: "The path to Auschwitz which paved with indifference" (German: "the road to Auschwitz was paved with indifference"). It is this kind of indifference, said Baron Cohen, that Borat exposes.
Comparison with other comedians
The use of an alter ego in comedy isn't new; Andy Kaufman , for example, often played the miserable nightclub singer Tony Clifton , Hape Kerkeling appears as Horst Schlämmer or as the Swabian Siggi Schwäbli . The German actor and comedian Christian Ulmen has also developed several characters that have a similarly revealing effect as Cohen's. Rod Hull , with whom he has also been compared, was able to implement his aggressive interview technique via his alter ego, the hand puppet of an emus . Probably the best-known German alter ego duo is Erkan & Stefan (alias: John Friedmann and Florian Simbeck). By using an alter ego, Baron Cohen can also protect himself quite well from public criticism:
“First, and most obviously, it is the character of Ali G - and not the actor playing him - that makes the outrageous remarks and therefore insulates Baron Cohen from public hostility. In this way, the actor can raise his hands and (appear) to dissociate himself from Ali G's more objectionable opinions, lifestyle and behavior. "
“It is clearly the character 'Ali G' who utters the outrageous things, and not the actor who plays him, which is what shields Baron Cohen from public hostility. So the actor can wash his hands in innocence and distance himself from Ali G's reprehensible opinions, his lifestyle and his behavior. "
Baron Cohen's humor is described as postmodern because his characters and the situations portrayed are often ambiguous. The unclear ethnic background of the character Ali G led to media controversy. The character Borat is on the one hand homophobic , on the other hand she also tends to act homoerotic.
This openness to meaning is reinforced by the fact that Baron Cohen rarely gives interviews and hardly comments on his characters. Cohen even only comments on controversies about his characters in the role of his characters. B. the racism accusation against Ali G or in relation to Borat's anti-Semitism accusation and the accusation of denigrating Kazakhstan .
“I'd like to state I have no connection with Mr Cohen and fully support my Government's decision to sue this Jew. Since the 2003 reforms, Kazakhstan is as civilized as any other country in the world. Women can now travel on inside of bus, homosexuals no longer have to wear blue hats, and age of consent has been raised to eight years old. "
“I would like to point out that there is no connection between me and Mister Cohen, and I fully support my government's decision to sue this Jew. Since the 2003 reforms, Kazakhstan has been as civilized as any other country in the world. Women are now allowed to travel inside buses, homosexuals no longer have to wear blue hats and the age of consent has been raised to eight years. "
In Rolling Stone magazine , Baron Cohen commented on the controversy surrounding him , probably also because of the sometimes massive criticism of the film Borat . It became clear that he consciously used the socially critical and unmasking aspect of his comedy. In addition, the clichéd portrayal of Kazakhstan by the figure Borat after Baron Cohen is not directed against Kazakhstan, but against those who imagine Kazakhstan or other former Soviet republics as such stereotypes .
“The joke is not on Kazakhstan. I think the joke is on people who can believe that the Kazakhstan that I describe can exist. "
"Kazakhstan is not being ridiculed, but the people who believe that the Kazakhstan I am describing could really exist."
Another quality of Baron Cohen's humor relates to language. The characters he developed all speak with a specific accent ( Brüno speaks with a German accent, Borat with an Eastern European, and Ali G with a Creole dialect ). He developed his own idioms for the character Borat ("Hand Party" as a term for masturbation, "Sexy Time" for sexual intercourse) or words borrowed from various languages such as "Punani" (from the Jamaican-Creole language ) for the vagina and "Chram" for the male genitals, based on the Russian slang word "хрен" ("chrjen"). Through their frequent use, the idioms get the character of a running gag . He greets his audience with “Jak się masz” and “Dziękuję”, which can be translated from Polish as “How are you” or “Thank you”.
For the character Ali G , he uses his own dialect, which is based on Creole dialects that are widespread in the English south-east and was particularly influenced by Jamaican immigrants. This style is shaped by many influences and is therefore not easy to classify. According to the linguist Mark Sebba , it is an independent language style that results from a mixture of working class English with the Creole English of the second generation of Caribbean immigrants, but is not tied to an ethnic group, but rather as a youth language . This dialect was further popularized by the figure Ali G and more recently also referred to as Jafaican .
Alistair Leslie Graham is one of the most famous characters that Sacha Baron Cohen embodies. The character comes from Staines , with Baron Cohen using the city's bourgeois , petty bourgeois reputation to illustrate the inner contradiction of his protagonist, who considers himself a dangerous “ gangsta ” from the ghetto . Baron Cohen portrays the British culture of Pakistani and Caribbean immigrants in a parodic way, their imitation by British young people and above all the hip-hop and gangsta rap scene. Ali G is intentionally designed as an ethnically ambivalent character, which should make him less vulnerable and give him an additional comedy. The character's ethnic origin led to three "theories":
- It acts with Ali G to a black man makes about a white comedian funny.
- It is an Asian who tries to imitate a black man made fun of by a white man.
- It is a white man who tries to imitate a black man who is made fun of by a white man.
The development of the representation of Ali G can be divided into three phases.
- When Ali G was still largely unknown, the character appears as a hoax interviewer for British youth television. The humor arises from the clash of a “street habit” with the establishment .
- From the second series onwards, Ali G , the character is too well-known for the interviewees to know that he is fictional. The comedy arises from Ali G's questions , for example in the interview with David and Victoria Beckham .
- After all, Ali G in the film Ali G in da House is a fictional character in a fictional setting. In the film, Ali G comes into British politics. He is put up as a candidate by a scheming finance minister in order to harm his own party. Surprisingly, the politician Ali G becomes very popular.
With Ali G in da USAiii , Baron Cohen tried again to use the hoax as it was largely unknown in the USA.
The character Borat Sagdiyev (Борат Сагдиев, Eng. Transcription Borat Sagdijew ) developed from "Kristo", a character who comes from Albania . It was also a fictional television reporter. In the film Borat, Borat Sagdiyev is a Kazakh journalist with obviously anti-Semitic and chauvinistic ideas, who was sent to the United States after his reports on Great Britain to document all facets of the “ American way of life ”. Borat falls in love in America with the actress Pamela Anderson , whom he sees on television. The film is a so-called mockumentary and mixes fictional, staged scenes with real scenes. The scenes in the film, in which you can see Borat's home village, were shot in the Romanian town of Glod .
Brüno is a homosexual Austrian journalist and reporter for the fictional television broadcaster OJRF (Österreichischer Junge Rundfunk) , who was sometimes misinterpreted as Austrian youth broadcasting in German press releases . The station is a name parody of the ORF . In the English original, the station is called "Austrian Gay-TV" ("Austrian gay television ").
Brüno provokes embarrassing answers in his interviews with suggestive questions. Thematically, his interviews revolve around fashion, entertainment, celebrities and homosexuality, with the interviews being directed specifically towards the topic of homosexuality. He wears his hair in a kind of mohawk or parted and completely blonde. His clothes are also extravagant and garish. He often wears accessories such as belts and bracelets with sleeveless lace-up shirts. Brüno speaks English with a mock German accent, uses invented German words, but also incorporates real German. In the interviews, he always shows a positive attitude, he that statements of his interview partners often with comments like "that's great" ( "this is great") supported and encouraged to continue the interview.
Brüno was the first of Baron Cohen's alter egos , although his own experience as a model inspired him to create this character. Brüno's contributions to the Ali G Show run under the title “Funky times with Brüno” . The film Brüno opened in German-speaking cinemas on July 9, 2009. For this purpose, Universal Pictures was able to secure the worldwide exploitation rights at a price of around 42.5 million US dollars , outpacing DreamWorks SKG , Sony Pictures Entertainment , Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox .
Admiral General Hafez Aladeen is a dictator and the "supreme leader" of the (fictional) Northeast African Republic of Wadiya. He is the eponymous character in the film The Dictator . He is aiming for nuclear armament in his country, which is why he is condemned by the United Nations . In addition, he represents anti-Jewish and anti-democratic positions.
Controversy over the characters
The reactions to the characters Ali G , Borat and Brüno have always been controversial. Based on a concept by Zygmunt Bauman , Simon Weaver divided the reactions to Ali G into two groups: 'proteophilic', i.e. reactions that include and absorb the foreign and the unknown, and 'proteophobic', i.e. reactions that reject and exclude the unknown. Ali G was interpreted positively in such a way that the figure questions the absurdity of the import of American ghetto culture into the British suburbs through his satirical representation:
"Likeable Ali shows that the globalized American thug life is ridiculously inappropriate to the life of marginal young Brits."
"The lovable Ali shows that the globalized American gangster life is ridiculously incompatible with the lives of young British people from the lower classes."
It is also recognized that the character Ali G is quite lovable:
“Ali is not homophobic, macho, aggressive or anti-social. He obeys the speed limit, believes in the healing power of god's green herb and has identified the terminal duplicity of all forms of politricks. "
“Ali is not homophobic, macho, aggressive or anti-social. He adheres to the speed limit, believes in the healing power of God's green herb and has recognized the deadly duplicity of all kinds of political games. "
Some interviewees react similarly positively to Ali G and even want to win his recognition:
“Sometimes they totally forget who they are. And they come out with a totally different side of themselves. Some try to appear cool with Ali G and down with the kids… Boutros Boutros-Ghali kept on telling me he used to be a bit of a bully in school, and used to muck around. They want Ali G's approval. They're in the room with a total idiot, and yet they're seeking his approval. As if it somehow makes them cooler. "
“Sometimes they completely forget who they are and a whole different side of them comes out. Some people try to appear like they're cool with Ali and like they know what's going on with the kids ... Boutros Boutros-Ghali kept telling me that he was a bit of a thug at school and that he bummed. You want approval from Ali G. You are sitting there with a total idiot and yet you want his approval. As if she's making it cooler somehow. "
In Great Britain there was accusation of racism against Baron Cohen as Ali G and against his audience . The accusation also remained relatively cautious, because for many Baron Cohen satirically not the culture of blacks, but their imitation through corresponding subcultures . In this context, Ali G's question: “Is it 'cause I is black?” Is particularly popular , literally “Is it because I am black?” The grammar is African American English or "Jafaican", so , imitated), although Baron Cohen is clearly not black. Ali G's appearance on BBC Radio 1 led to great controversy . His character was criticized as obscene and depraved, as was his bad influence on young people. An interview by Ali G with the politician Neil Hamilton in 2000, in which Hamilton accepted and smoked an alleged joint offered by Ali G, was also controversial in the British media .
The character Borat also triggered severe criticism. The Kazakh leadership in particular criticized the character at Borat's appearance as the presenter of the MTV Music Awards: he was "a pig of a man: stupid, quarrelsome, without any charm" , criticized Erlan Idrissow, the Kazakh ambassador to Great Britain. Sometimes it was assumed that Baron Cohen was working on behalf of foreign governments to destabilize the country. The European Center for Research on Antigypsyism has filed a criminal complaint against Baron Cohen for portraying Borat. A scene in which Borat asks a car salesman whether a Hummer SUV will survive unscathed if it drives into a group of “gypsies” was particularly criticized . The film was not given a screening permit in Russia . Several actors in the film have complained that they were persuaded to participate under false pretenses. Two students who watched a Pamela Anderson sex tape in the film with Borat have sued the film's DVD release, but the lawsuit has been dismissed.
Harsh criticism can be heard in particular from Glod , a Romanian village that served as the backdrop for Borat's fictional Kazakh hometown “Kuzcek”, which, according to Baron Cohen, is near Almaty . Furthermore, the Kazakh government was not very happy about this parody. She protested and initially blocked Borat's website, which ran on the Kazakh domain "borat.kz". In September 2006, US President George W. Bush dealt with provocative statements by Borat. The background to this was a meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev , at which he complained about Baron Cohen's racist remarks. US President George W. Bush then promised to avoid further diplomatic incidents.
Dariga Nazarbayeva , a daughter of the Kazakh president, was one of the first in Kazakhstan to publicly defend the character of Borat. After the film had started worldwide, the Kazakh leadership became aware of the great advertising effectiveness of the character and Baron Cohen was officially invited to Kazakhstan. The internet offer should also be freely accessible again. After the film was released, the number of tourist visas issued increased tenfold, according to the Kazakh Foreign Minister, who officially thanked Baron Cohen. According to the historian Robert Saunders, Kazakhstan's reaction to the figure was so harsh because the government had made great efforts to establish Kazakhstan as a “global brand” with a positive image and, on the other hand, the national identity in the young republic is very fragile.
- 1995: Jack and Jeremy's Police 4 (short film)
- 1996: Punch (short film)
- 1998: Comedy Nation (TV series, 9 episodes)
- 1998: Live from the Lighthouse (TV movie)
- 1998–1999: The 11 O'Clock Show (TV series)
- 1999: Ali G's Alternative Christmas Message (short film)
- 2000: Da Ali G Show (TV series)
- 2000: The Jolly Boys' Last Stand
- 2002: Ali G in da House (Ali G Indahouse)
- 2003: Spyz (short film)
- 2003-2004: Da Ali G Show (TV series)
- 2005: Madagascar (voice for Julien )
- 2005: Leave it, Larry! ( Curb Your Enthusiasm , TV series, episode 5x10 The End )
- 2006: Ricky Bobby - King of Racing Drivers (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby)
- 2006: Borat - Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
- 2006: Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Event for Autism Education (TV movie)
- 2007: Sweeney Todd : The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
- 2008: Madagascar 2 ( Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa , voice for Julien )
- 2009: El hormiguero (TV series, 1 episode)
- 2009: Brüno
- 2010: The Simpsons ( The Simpsons , TV series, episode 21x16 The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed )
- 2011: Hugo Cabret (Hugo)
- 2012: The Dictator (The Dictator)
- 2012: Madagascar 3: Escape through Europe ( Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted , vote for Julien )
- 2012: Les Misérables
- 2013: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
- 2013: Eastbound & Down (TV series, episode 4x08)
- 2016: The Spy and His Brother (Grimsby)
- 2016: Trouble Agent (short film)
- 2016: Alice in Wonderland: Behind the Mirrors (Alice Through the Looking Glass)
- since 2018: Who Is America? (TV series)
- 2019: The Spy (Miniseries)
- 1999: British Comedy Award for The 11 O'Clock Show (Category: Best Newcomer)
- 2000: Ethnic Multicultural Awards (Best Entertainment Show)
- 2000: TV Quick Award for Da Ali G Show (Personality of the Year)
- 2001: British Academy Television Award for Da Ali G Show (Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Acting)
- 2006: German Comedy Award for the development of the character Borat (Best International Comedian)
- 2006: Chicago Film Critics Association Award for the feature film Borat (Best Young Actor)
- 2006: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for the feature film Borat (Best Actor)
- 2006: San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for the feature film Borat (Best Actor)
- 2006: Ronnie Barker Award for the feature film Borat
- 2006: Toronto Film Critics Association Award for the feature film Borat (Best Actor)
- 2007: Online Film Critics Society Award for the feature film Borat (Best Young Actor)
- 2007: Golden Globe Award for the feature film Borat (Best Actor - Comedy / Musical)
- 2007: Oscar nomination for the feature film Borat (Best Adapted Screenplay, together with Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer and Todd Phillips )
- 2007: Peter Sellers Award for Comedy for the feature film Borat
- 2007: MTV Movie Awards : Best comedy representation for the feature film Borat and best film kiss for Ricky Bobby - King of Racing Drivers (with Will Ferrell )
- 2010: Peter Sellers Award for Comedy for the feature film Brüno
- Sacha Cohen, The Gospel According to Ali G, Pocket Books (January 7, 2003), ISBN 0-7434-6444-3
- Howells, Richard (2006): "? Is it Because I is Black" Race, humor and the polyemiology of Ali G . Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television Vol. 26, pp. 155-177
- Sebba, Mark (2003): Will the real impersonator please stand up? Language and identity in the Ali G websites. AAA. Works from English and American Studies 28, no. 2, pp. 279–304
- Saunders, Robert A. (2007): In Defense of Kazakshilik: Kazakhstan's War on Sacha Baron Cohen. Identities: Global studies in culture and power 14, pp. 225-255
- Sacha Baron Cohen in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Biography on film-zeit.de
- BFI Film & TV Database
- Strauss, Neil: Sacha Baron Cohen - The Real Borat - Finally Speaks ( Memento from May 5, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Rolling Stone
- Newsweek.de ( Memento from January 1, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Gordon, Devin: The Brain Behind Borat - Fiercely private. Deeply funny. A closer look at a mystery man. November 12, 2006
- Channel 5 , March 27, 2002: Ali G Before he was massive
- Kirsty Scott: “He becomes the character, certainly with Ali G and Borat. He has a mix of Sellers's acting and Rod Hull's bottle " The Guardian , September 29, 2006 (English)
- Howells, Richard (2006): "? Is it Because I is Black" Race, humor and the polysemiology of Ali G . Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television Vol. 26, pp. 155-177.
- Empathizing with Simon Baron-Cohen's cousin , August 04, 2004
- The Times , January 15, 2000: Ali G star is leading civil rights scholar
- Interview with Robert Siegel on National Public Radio
- contents in the IMDb
- Celebrity Baby Blog, Introducing Olive Cohen , Nov. 6, 2007
- TMZ, Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher: Holy Moses ... It's a Boy !. , April 16, 2015
- allocine.co.uk ( Memento of February 4, 2008 in the Internet Archive ), "All about cinema"
- Ali G. in da House - Reviews. (No longer available online.) Filmstarts.de, archived from the original on January 12, 2008 ; Retrieved November 17, 2013 .
- Sacha Baron Cohen Eyes 'Wonderland' Sequel 'Through the Looking Glass' . Variety. January 21, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
- Gay and with a lot of nudity: Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" would have been that rampant . In: moviepilot.de . April 12, 2018 ( moviepilot.de [accessed June 30, 2019]).
- Sacha Baron Cohen leaves Ali G and Borat behind for new Netflix series . In: moviepilot.de . April 12, 2018 ( moviepilot.de [accessed April 12, 2018]).
- Interview with Sue Leetch, Director of the Center for Gender Research at YouTube or as a transcript: shanemcdonald.com ( Memento from December 21, 2001 in the Internet Archive )
- Borat's Guide to Britain. Retrieved October 23, 2016 (English, YouTube video).
- Borat's Guide to Britain. Retrieved October 23, 2016 (English, YouTube video).
- Howells, Richard (2006), p. 164
- "With regard to the claim of racism, the character proves theoretically difficult to analyze and critique because he produces both racist and non-racist meanings simultaneously." ( PDF ) - Weaver, Simon: Comprehending Ambivalence Ali G and conceptualizations of the 'other'
- Exceptions are an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart , on Late Night Show ( video ) with David Letterman and an interview with Robert Siegel on National Public Radio
- British comic responds to legal threat against 'Borat'. (No longer available online.) CBC Arts, Nov. 25, 2005, archived from the original on Dec. 17, 2006 ; accessed on November 17, 2013 .
- telegraph.co.uk , “Kazakhstan launches propaganda campaign against Borat,” New York, Harry Mount, September 15, 2006
- Sebba, Mark (2003): Will the real impersonator please stand up? Language and identity in the Ali G websites . AAA. Works from English and American Studies 28, no. 2, pp. 279–304.
- Interview with Dan Mazer
- "I don't think so!" 10 facts about the Austrian fashion reporter Bruno in now from September 29, 2008
- aon. October 30, 2006, aon.at
- kurier.at, October 30, 2006
- orf.at: After Kazakhstan now Austria
- The Hollywood Reporter, Oct. 30, 2006, Bory's Kit
- Rene Gilroy: Ali G and the Oscars. ( Memento of June 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) 16 Beaver Group, November 1, 2004
- bullz-eye.com Sacha Baron Cohen (AKA Ali G) bullz-eye.com (English)
- In "New Nation", a magazine for black culture, an article appeared in which six black comedians were asked about their attitude towards Ali G. Many rated him positively, Curtis Walker commented critically : “I don't like the concept of a white guy playing a black guy anyway and when he is playing to a stupid stereotype it is even worse. People have to ask themselves just what it is they are laughing at. " , Ross Slater, Ross (January 2000): Should We Laugh at Ali G, New Nation, p. 6
- Lynda Lee-Potter: Who can find this vile man amusing? , Daily Mail , February 20, 2002, p. 13
- Hamilton 'shared joint' with Ali G. BBC News , January 18, 2000 (English)
- Robert A. Saunders: In Defense of Kazakshilik: Kazakhstan's War on Sacha Baron Cohen , Identities: Global studies in culture and power 14, 2007, pp. 225-255
- Christian Stöcker: "A pig from a man" Spiegel Online , October 25, 2006
- Anne Meyer-Gatermann: From joke to justice. Spiegel Online , November 2, 2006
- Anne Meyer-Gatermann: “Borat” has to stay outside. Spiegel Online , November 9, 2006
- "Borat": DVD stop rejected. The press , December 12, 2006
- William J. Kole: Poor Romanian villagers not amused by Borat success at their expense. ( Page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Associated Press , November 15, 2006
- Romanian villagers outraged. Spiegel Online , November 14, 2006
- Borat.kz disconnected. intern.de, December 15, 2005
- Big trouble for Ali G oe24 , September 13, 2006
- Trouble for “Borat” In: Kino.de , September 13, 2006.
- Nazarbaev's Daughter Defends Comic Character 'Borat' In: Radio Free Europe , April 21, 2006 (English)
- Harald Pauli: The nice Fascho from next door. In: Focus , October 30, 2006.
- Brogan Driscoll: Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Borat' Is Good For Tourism, Says Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov. In: The Huffington Post , April 23, 2012.
- Hubert Spiegel : Borat in the Sauerland. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , April 24, 2012.
|SURNAME||Baron Cohen, Sacha|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Baron Cohen, Sacha Noam (full name); Ali G; Borate|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British comedian and actor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 13, 1971|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||London|