a little bit ratted: drunk
aggro: hassle, stress
batty boy: gay
batty hole: butthole
big up, fanks: thanks
biggies, mr. biggies: balls
bit of paper: document
bit thick: stupid
bitch: baby, chick, darling, female
bo: bye, good-bye, seeya
bog: lavatory, pisser, toilet
brainiest: intelligent, skilled
bruvers: boys, men
check: discover, inspect, investigate, peep
chief: idiot, moron
chill: break, loose, relax, slack, enjoy
chilled: bored, happy
crew: company, family, gang, squad
dig: favor, love, prefer, want
do a piss: urinate
dong: penis, tool
don't dig: hate
erbal remedy: cannabis, cocaine, dope, drug, ganja, grass, hash
fit: attractive, cute, goodlooking, pretty, sexy, blonde
fit bitch: babe
for real: absolutely, definitely, especially, exceptional
full bush: mature, ripe
geezer: bloke, folk
go to me julie: sleep
grub: dinner, food, lunch
hear me now: greetings, welcome
in da house: here
inside: jail, prison
is wicked: rocks
is wrecked: hurt
Jackie Chan: God, Jesus
There are no Ali G words for this letter.
let it rip: enter
main bitch: queen
main man: best friend, boss, boyfriend, chum, friend, individual, king, mate
massive: big, gigantic, huge, large
maximum: enormous, full
mingin: awful, crap, dirty, filthy, hairy, horrible, rotten, ugly
not in da house: missing
old geezer: father
orange juice: spunk
pigs: coppers, law
There are no Ali G words for this letter,
racialist: discrimination, racist
rank: hated, nasty
ruk: argument, fight
shaven haven: shaven
speed garage: hip hop, indie, jazz, pop, jazz, rock, techno
sweet bitching: pleasure
tommy hilfinger: coat
turf: apartment, city, country, flat, land, neighborhood, town, home
up da spout: pregnant
There are no Ali G words for this letter.
wicked: bad, beautiful, brilliant, cool, excellent
wrecked: tired, exhausted
There are no Ali G words for this letter
yellow sunglasses: glasses
There are no Ali G words for this letter.
Riotous, rude, controversial, even racist (or "racialist," as he might
say)�these have been just a few adjectives used to describe the cultural
phenomenon Ali G, the creation of British-born actor-comedian Sacha Baron
Cohen. Invented for the short-lived British sketch comedy series, �The 11
O�Clock Show� (Channel 4, 1998-2000), Ali G made an immediate impact as
"Channel 4�s official voice of youth." Ali G�s often hilarious interviews
with unsuspecting politicians and celebrities became an immediate hit with
So believable was Cohen as Ali G that many thought the former didn�t exist.
Some politicians, including Labour party member Tony Benn, left studio
interviews believing the ignorant rapper-wannabe was genuine, though Ali G�s
comment to Benn that Margaret Thatcher was a communist did come off as
suspect. But for Cohen, his alter ego proved to be more than just a comedic
vehicle�it was the beginning of a bright and prosperous career.
Cohen was born into a prominent home in December of 1970�the Baron Cohen
family owned several business in England, including Baron Suits in London,
Knightsbridge and Calders Outfitters in Cardiff, Wales. His comfortable home
life afforded Cohen the opportunity to attend the best schools, including
Haberdasher-Askes Boys� School and later Cambridge University.
It was at Haberdasher that Cohen met Dan Mazer, who later became a producer
during Cohen�s reign as Ali G. Meanwhile, in 1989, Cohen joined the Habonim
Jewish Youth Group and appeared in Neil Simon�s �Biloxi Blues�, thus
igniting a passion for acting. But his acting plans soon went on hold, as
Cohen left London for Israel, where he spent a year at the Rosh Hanikra
Kibbutz learning more about his roots and faith.
Upon returning to Britain, Cohen attended Cambridge, where he worked toward
a degree in history while continuing his focus on acting. In 1991, he played
Doolittle the Dustman in a production of �My Little Fairy�; he played the
lead in a West End production of �Fiddler on the Roof�; and in 1993, Cohen
had a singing role in �My Fair Lady�.
Later in the decade, Cohen made the jump from stage to screen on the
Paramount Comedy Channel. Cohen appeared on the station as filler in between
programmes, where he developed his skill for embarrassing interviews�a later
hallmark of Ali G.
Cohen was hired on to the �11 O�Clock Show� after sending the producers a
tape of him posing as an Albanian reporter interviewing fox hunters, and Ali
G was soon born. In 1999, Cohen won Best Newcomer in the British Comedy
Awards, which led to his own programme, �Da Ali G Show� (Channel 4, 2000).
On the new show, Cohen created a new character, Borat, Kazakhstan's top
media personality, while further developing Ali G�s comical antics.
Cohen continued to receive accolades, including Personality of the Year in
2000 from the TV Quick Awards and Best TV Entertainment Production at the
2000 Ethnic Multicultural Awards, despite complains from critics that Ali G
was racist. In 2001, Ali G appeared in Madonna�s music video �Music�, in
which the two went head-to-head on turntables in cartoon form.
Ali G and Borat soon crossed the Atlantic Ocean, where �Da Ali G Show� (HBO,
2003- ) appeared on American cable television. Despite the new location, Ali
G kept up old tricks, including his famed interviews with unsuspecting
In one memorable interview, Ali G pushed former presidential candidate Pat
Buchanan into admitting that Mel Gibson�s �The Passion of the Christ� (2003)
was only slightly better than �Lethal Weapon 3� (1992). Ali G�s popularity
led Cohen to make a feature film with the character, �Ali G Indahouse�
(2002). In the movie, the clueless rapper gets hand-picked by an
unscrupulous member of Parliament intent on upsetting the Prime Minister in
the next election.
Despite his obvious ignorance, Ali G finds himself climbing the political
ladder. The movie was released in the UK in 2002, but never found it�s way
to the States. Meanwhile, Cohen began developing a remake of the French
feature, �"Le Diner de Cons "Le Diner de Cons� (1998), tentatively titled
�Dinner for Schmucks�, which was set-up at Dreamworks. Meanwhile, Cohen
provided his voice to �Madagascar� (2005), Disney�s animated adventure about
four zoo animals who escape and inadvertently find themselves in Africa
where the city slickers struggle to survive in the wild. Borat: Cultural
Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, a
feature film with "Borat" at the centre, was screened at the 2006 Toronto
International Film Festival and released in the United Kingdom November 2,
2006, in the United States on November 3, 2006 and Australia November 23,
2006. The film is about a journey across the United States in an ice cream
van, in which the main character is obsessed with the idea of marrying
Pamela Anderson. The film is a mockumentary which includes interviews with
various American citizens that poke fun at the hobgoblins of American
culture, including sexism, racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, jingoism and
It debuted at the #1 spot in the US, taking in an estimated $26.4 million in
just 837 theatres averaging $31,600 per theatre, the third highest
per-theatre average of all time for movies opening wide (500 screens or
more), behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Spider-Man. It
easily outdistanced the expected #1 movie of the weekend, Disney's The Santa
Clause 3: The Escape Clause, which earned an estimated $20 million in 3,458
Baron Cohen won the 2007 Golden Globe in the "Best Actor - Musical or
Comedy" category, his sixth such award. Although Borat was up for "Best
Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy," the film lost to Dreamgirls. On 23
January 2007, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted
Screenplay. He shared his nomination with the film's co-writers, Ant Hines,
Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer, and Todd Phillips.
Aside from the comic elements of his characters, Baron Cohen's performances
are interpreted by some as reflecting uncomfortable truths about his
audience. He juxtaposes his own Jewish lineage with the anti-Semitism of his
character Borat. In one sketch from the TV show (and as such, not included
in the film), Borat performs at a small-town USA bar singing an anti-Semitic
song called 'In My Country There is Problem' (including lyrics such as
"Throw the Jew down the well!", "You must grab [the Jew] by his horns" and
"[The Jews] take everybody['s] money; they never give it back"), with many
in the bar singing along.
Although the character Borat is Kazakh, he frequently begins segments with
Polish expressions "Jak się masz?" (How are you?), "Dzień dobry" (Good day)
and "Dziekuję" (Thank you). His use of "Boutrous" was used on BBC's The Fast
Show sketches, and Mahir "I Kiss You" �ağrı publicly claims much of the
Borat character was based on him. Borat's favorite singer is Korki Buchek.
He sings the famous song "Bing Bang". In one scene of the film, Borat
encounters some men from Atlanta, Georgia. When asked of his favourite
music, he shares the name Korki Buchek and proceeds to sing a song, which
causes the men from Atlanta to laugh at him.
In 2007 Cohen published a travel guide as Borat, with dual titles: Borat:
Touristic Guidings To Minor Nation of U.S. and A. and Borat: Touristic
Guidings To Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, however on 21st Dec it was
announced Borat would retire'
The Baron Cohens enjoyed a high standard of living. Sacha attended
Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, a privileged private school in Elstree.
The same school was also attended by fellow Jewish comedians Matt Lucas and
David Baddiel. He also attended Dulwich College (Dulwich - South London). He
then attended Christ's College, Cambridge where he studied history under
Niall Ferguson and wrote his thesis on Jewish involvement in the American
Civil Rights movement, with emphasis on the 1964 murders of James Chaney,
Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Mississippi.
At the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club, Baron Cohen acted in
plays such as Cyrano de Bergerac and Fiddler on the Roof, in which he played
Tevye. His long-time collaborator Dan Mazer also attended the University of
Cambridge and was a member of the Cambridge Footlights, and although Baron
Cohen himself was not a member, he performed in at least one Footlights
presentation as well as other shows (including singing the part of Guy
Fawkes in the musical Gunpowder, Treason and Plot).
Baron Cohen first acted in theatrical productions featuring the
Socialist-Zionist youth movement Habonim Dror. He spent a year in Israel at
Kibbutz Rosh HaNikra and Kibbutz Beit HaEmek as part of the Shnat Habonim
Dror, before matriculating to university.
According to Baron Cohen, "I wouldn't say that I am a religious Jew, but I'm
still proud to be Jewish." However, he keeps kosher and generally observes
the Jewish Sabbath, refusing to answer the phone on Shabbat.
Baron Cohen frequently speaks in Hebrew and Polish while playing the
anti-Semitic character Borat. He also sang the lyrics from an old Hebrew
folk song in an episode of Da Ali G Show. Additionally he identifies his
country's greatest scientist, who he says discovered a woman's brain is the
same size as that of a squirrel, as "Dr Yarmulke". (A yarmulke, or kippah,
is the skullcap worn by Jews.)
Baron Cohen is engaged to Australian actress Isla Fisher, and the pair plan
to wed in a traditional Jewish ceremony. After several years of study, Isla
has converted to Judaism, and has received the approval of Baron Cohen's
observant Jewish parents. On October 19, 2007 Isla gave birth to a baby girl
named Olive in Los Angeles, California.
Why is he famous?
Sacha Baron Cohen has propagated the hilarious characters of Ali G, Borat, the inept Kazakhstani
TV reporter, and Bruno, the over-the-top Austrian fashion expert. Baron Cohen first performed his
shtick on The 11 O'Clock Show and then landed his own series, Da Ali G Show. Cohen scored hits with
the filming of Ali G Indahouse and the video release of Ali G: Bling Bling, and HBO broadcasts Da Ali
G Show in North America. Baron Cohen continued to go mainstream as the voice of King Julian the Lemur
in Madagascar, and he acted alongside Will Ferell in Stranger than Fiction.
His low budget mockumentary Borat: Cultural Learnings from America for make Benefit Glorious Nation of
Kazakhstan is something people around the world were waiting for.