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Sacha Baron Cohen

Fact Sheet


• 2003-2004 Da Ali G Show nominated for 6 Emmy® awards

• BAFTA [British Academy of Film and Television - equivalent to an EMMY] for Best Comedy Program

• BAFTA for Best Comedy Performer [Da Ali G Show]

• Broadcast Award for Best Comedy Program

• Royal Television Society Award for Best Comedy Program

• Winner: Bronze Rose of Montreaux – Best Comedy Program

• 1999 and 2000 GQ Comedian of the Year [92% of vote]

• EMMA Award for [Ethnic Multicultural Media Award voted for by African- American and Asian communities] Best Entertainment Show Da Ali G Show

• Winner: Best New Comedian at British Comedy Awards

• Winner: British GQ Man of Year Award 3 times, and American GQ Man of Year. TV Shows

• Hosts MTV Europe Music Awards as Ali G in 2001, to a television audience exceeding one billion. MTV implements "delay” for fear of what ‘Ali' might say. It proves to be a good decision.

• In 2005, again hosts European MTV Awards, this time as Borat. Walking on stage after a Madonna performance, Borat said, "It is very brave of MTV to start the show with a genuine transvestite.”

• 2005 European MTV Awards – introduces Madonna as ‘me main bitch'

• HBO: Two seasons of Da Ali G Show

• Channel 4: Da Ali G Show

• Ali G Innit Video becomes one of the highest selling comedy videos ever, exceeding over a million units.

• C4 The Alternative Christmas Message: Ali G went up against the Queen's speech on Christmas Day. The Princes were caught – by the Queen Mother, watching Ali G, instead.

• C4 Da Best of Ali G: 2 x 30min. compilation shows of interviews

• C4 11 O'clock show – Series I, II, III – a late night topical comedy show. There were about 30 x 4 minute Ali G segments.

• 2001 Comic Relief – interviews Posh Spice and David Beckham The Ali G Phenomenon

• Changes English language – after introducing the word ‘mingin' [meaning ugly], it's included in the Oxford English Dictionary

• Reported that the Ali G phenomenon is responsible for changing the main type of slang amongst English youth from cockney to Jafaican [a mixture between Jamaican patwa and street slang].

• Doctors report a new injury called "Booyakasha Syndrome,” after teenagers are admitted with wrist injuries after trying to imitate Ali's trademark fingerclick.

• Tony Blair names his policy "Respect: Ali G's catchphrase to try to appeal to British youth.” Movies

• BORAT movie – winner of audience and critics award at Traverse Film Festival.

• Ali G Indahouse – turned out to be the highest British grossing movie of that year. Stays No. 1 atop the Dutch charts for 7 weeks, knocked off by Star Wars.

• Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – plays Jean Girard in the highest grossing comedy movie in the U.S. in 2006. Race

• Baron Cohen was involved in the ARA anti-racist alliance for many years – actually marching against fascists and racists in London and against apartheid in the 80s

• The Times wrote a piece entitled "Ali G Creator is in fact Leading Civil Rights Scholar,” which examined how Baron Cohen made a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Martin Luther King while doing research for his dissertation in Cambridge. Entitled " A Case of Mistaking Identities – the Jewish Black Alliance,” the thesis examines the nature of cooperation between the African-American and Jewish communities and suggests ways of how to improve relations in the current day. His professor describes it as a major work of importance on the civil rights movement and is suggested reading for history students in Cambridge.

• Da Ali G Show has been commended for its positive effects o


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