Who Is America? could be funnier, but it's framing politics in ways no other comedy has

Who Is America?, the new Sacha Baron Cohen series that Showtime’s touted as “the most dangerous TV show ever,” opens with video clips that portray a starry-eyed, sepia-toned vision of America before accelerating into a barrage of recent news footage: President Donald Trump mocking a disabled person; adult film…

Holy shit, Sacha Baron Cohen has duped a ton of people already

Though it’s fair to be a little exhausted by the prospect of watching far-right blowhards make asses of themselves on television, it’s difficult to not be a little intrigued by Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series, Who Is America? Especially when we know he’s already fooled a murderers’ row of guests into appearing…

Sacha Baron Cohen is now demanding Sarah Palin apologize to him, and dear god we’re already so tired

As we get closer to this Sunday’s premiere of Who Is America?, Sacha Baron Cohen’s return to the TV prank/interview genre, more and more of Baron Cohen’s “victims” seem positively desperate to step forward and perform inadvertent PR for the series. Sarah Palin has already made her objections to the Showtime show known…

The typically savvy Sarah Palin admits she got tricked into an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen

Showtime is being very quiet and mysterious when it comes to Who Is America?, the new interview show thing from Sacha Baron Cohen, but it turns out that the network doesn’t really have to do anything when the participants are so embarrassed that they end up promoting it themselves. That’s what Sarah Palin seems to be…

Showtime teases Sacha Baron Cohen's new project with posters asking Who Is America?

Last week, Sacha Baron Cohen and Showtime began teasing a new project that would reportedly involve the Borat mastermind returning to his Da Ali G Show roots for another prank-based interview series dedicated to mocking Donald Trump and—presumably—the dummies who support him. That’s about all we knew, since Showtime…

Sacha Baron Cohen is reportedly doing an Ali G-style talk/prank show for Showtime

As hinted at by an enigmatic, Trump-poking video he released yesterday morning, it looks like Sacha Baron Cohen is officially getting back into the TV provocateur business. Variety reports that Cohen—the mastermind behind Borat, Bruno, and Ali G (and, uh, The Brothers Grimsby)—has signed up for a new interview series…

Looks like Sacha Baron Cohen is doing something nefarious with Trump University

Back in 2012, Donald Trump posted a video online criticizing Sacha Baron Cohen for dumping “ashes” on Ryan Seacrest during a prank on the Oscars red carpet. The then-real estate mogul and professional blowhard called the comedian a “third-rate character” who he wishes would have been “punched in the face so many times …

The post-A career: 8 artists we'll always follow despite never living up to their initial greatness

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Sacha Baron Cohen to star in a very serious spy drama for Netflix

It’s been 14 years—and an almost spine-shattering quantity of “My wife”s and “Very nice!”s—since Borat, Bruno, and Ali G creator Sacha Baron Cohen last had a regular TV gig. That’s about to change, though, with Variety reporting that Cohen has signed on to star in a new Netflix series, titled The Spy.

Seth Rogen, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani and more will bring the Hilarity For Charity on Netflix

Seth and Lauren Rogen’s altruistic variety special, Hilarity For Charity, is coming to Netflix for the first time in its six-year history. The streaming platform and the Future Man executive producer announced the collaboration today along with a stacked lineup. The indefatigable Tiffany Haddish has secured a spot in…

Sacha Baron Cohen offers to pay fines for fans who wore Borat swimsuits in Kazakhstan

Recently, six Czechoslovakian tourists were reportedly arrested in Kazakhstan for wearing lime green Borat-style “mankini” bathing suits. They were detained on charges of “minor hooliganism” and fined about $67 (22,500 tenge in Kazakhstan), with the BBC adding that Kazakh social media users were divided on the…

Queen’s Brian May calls Sacha Baron Cohen “an arse,” mocks his recent movies

Considering how dramatic Queen’s attempt to make a biopic about Freddie Mercury has been, maybe somebody should be working on a meta biopic about the making of a Freddie Mercury biopic instead? At the very least, Brian May and the other surviving members of Queen would probably play a bigger role in it than they would…

Sacha Baron Cohen expands on why he left the Freddie Mercury biopic

After working to develop the project for years, Sacha Baron Cohen abruptly dropped out of starring in an officially sanctioned Queen biopic back in 2013. At the time, the story going around was that the band wanted to do a “PG movie” that celebrated Queen, but Cohen wanted a more “gritty” and R-rated “tell-all” that…