Sacha Baron Cohen: The Unauthorized Biography: From Cambridge to Kazakhstan

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St. Martin's Press, Dec 26, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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The first biography of the comedic genius behind the cult favorite TV show "Da Ali G Show" and the high grossing—and gross out—smash film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

If the millions of fans who flocked to the blockbuster films Borat and Talladega Nights tuned in to Sacha Baron Cohen's interviews on late night TV hoping to see the man behind the characters, they were sure to be disappointed. Who exactly is this Sacha Baron Cohen, who has everyone from TV personalities to the government of Kazakhstan all riled up? Did he fool all the politicians and luminaries who made such idiots of themselves on "Da Ali G Show" or did it just look like it? Was it the RV-driving Southern good ole frat boys in BoratCultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan who got taken for a ride or were their on-camera remarks fair game? And how did he get a fiancée as foxy as Isla Fisher, the babe from "Wedding Crashers"?

Tracing his roots as the soft-spoken son of an English clothier, biographer Tracy follows Cohen's path to Cambridge, where he ditched the idea of pursuing a Ph.D. for an infinitely trickier comedy career. As we wait to see just what Cohen will come up with next, Tracy gets to the man behind the characters—and details the outrageous moves Cohen has made in character as the boorish English hip-hop journalist Ali G, the tender and tactless Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev, and more

 

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Veteran biographer Tracy (Ellen: The Real Story of Ellen DeGeneres; Imus: America's Cowboy) pieces together an entertaining if not very enlightening portrait of one of today's most popular comedic ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION Who Is This Guy?
1
1 Iz It Coz Ize Welsh?
7
2 TwoHeaded Tradition
25
3 A Clown Is Born
37
4 The Gangsta from Staines
53
5 The Ali G Juggernaut
67
6 Stirring It Up
89
7 Undercover Lover
111
9 Ich Dont Think So
151
10 The Man from Kazakhstan
167
11 A Chapter Ends
187
12 Filming Borat
205
13 Sacha Emerges
231
14 A Litigation Firestorm
247
WORKS CITED
265
INDEX
273

8 Across the Pond
129

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Kathleen Tracy is an entertainment journalist who has written biographies of a number of celebrities, including the Dixie Chicks, Don Imus, Angelina Jolie and Ellen DeGeneres. She lives in California.

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