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Five favorite Ali G interviews


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Before there was “Borat” or “Bruno” there was Ali G, Sacha Baron Cohen’s irascible talk show host who made it his duty to annoy celebrities from around the globe. Cohen’s Ali G character was originally developed for the Channel 4 series The 11 O’Clock Show, which eventually lead to the Da Ali G Show and finally to the film “Ali G Indahouse,” which we are airing today at at 8:15 PM ET/7:15 p.m. CT and again at 11:15 PM ET/10:15 p.m. CT.

The movie stars Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen) as he tries to fight the good fight but ends up being used as a pawn in a political scheme. Ali G is the leader of Da West Staines Massiv, an entirely fictional gang of wannabe gangsters from the suburban town of Staines, west of London. Ali and his gang are heartbroken to learn that their beloved local leisure center where Ali teaches his “Keep it Real” classes is going to be demolished by the town council. Not one to take injustice lying down, Ali and his friends decide to protest this injustice chained to a fence and on a hunger strike. His actions don’t go unnoticed. The nefarious Chancellor of the Exchequer/Deputy Prime Minister David Carlton (Charles Dance) sees Ali as a civil activist. Soon Ali is drawn into a world of seedy political intrigue, as the Deputy Prime Minister tries to use Ali as a tool to destroy the Prime Minister’s credibility. But Ali doesn’t go down easily, but you’ll have to tune in tonight to find out how he ends up posted as the British ambassador to Jamaica.

Here are five of our favorite Ali G interviews and the celebrities who wittingly or unwittingly submitted themselves to the Ali G treatment:

1. Interview with Victoria and David Beckham

2. Interview with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

3. Interview with astronaut Buzz Aldrin

4. Interview with former 60 Minutes correspondent Andy Rooney

5. Interview with the NBA

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“Ali G Indahouse” airs today at 8:15 PM ET/7:15 p.m. CT and again at 11:15 PM ET/10:15 p.m. CT

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

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