WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen Tries to Goad O.J. Simpson Into Confessing in Who is America? Finale


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O.J. Simpson was the main draw in the season finale of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s show Who is America?, and his painfully awkward scene included a lot of joking about the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown. The scene, which aired in the finale on Sunday night, had Baron Cohen’s Italian photographer character Gio Monaldo sitting down to speak with the famed former football player, who was freed from prison last year after serving nine years for armed robbery. Simpson was acquitted in 1995 in the murders of his ex-wife Brown and Ron Goldman, her friend. In the clip, Baron Cohen’s character repeatedly jokes about killing his girlfriend, with Simpson at one point reluctantly joining in to recommend a bungee jump using an “extra long” cord. “Sometimes I want to completely kill her,” Baron Cohen says of his girlfriend. “If I do, will you introduce me to Continue reading "WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen Tries to Goad O.J. Simpson Into Confessing in Who is America? Finale"

WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen Tells O.J. Simpson He’s a ‘Ladykiller’ in Season Finale of Who is America?


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The season finale of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s much-hyped show Who is America? is set to air Sunday night, and a promo for the episode revealed a surprise guest: O.J. Simpson. The promo is a collection of reactions to Baron Cohen’s show, from talking heads including Megyn Kelly (“The whole thing makes me feel uncomfortable”) and Jacob Soboroff (“I actually think Sacha Baron Cohen is a genius”). The promo concludes with a tease from tonight’s episode. Baron Cohen, in character, tells Simpson: “Me and you, we’ve got something in common. We’re both, how you say, ladykillers.” “No I didn’t kill nobody!” Simpson protests with a laugh. Baron Cohen’s impressive run of fooling prominent figures into saying and doing wild stuff on his latest show now tallies the likes of Dick Cheney, Joe Walsh, Howard Dean, Roy Moore, and Joe Arpaio. Watch above, via Showtime.

WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen Asks Howard Dean About Hillary Clinton’s Gender


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Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean was featured on Sunday night’s episode of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Showtime series Who is America? Cohen, disguised as his character Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick, asked the Democrat to weigh in on exactly what Hillary Clinton is packing in her pantsuit (an actual conspiracy theory, by the way), complete with “close-ups”. “Do you believe Hillary Clinton is actually a woman?” he asked Dean. “Because there is…” “I know,” Dean replied. “There’s lots of ideas floating around, and you know, I know her.” Cohen then pointed to a photoshopped image of Clinton showing a bulge in her pants, and asked “how do you explain that?” “I explain that as maybe the trouser presser did a lousy job, who knows,” Dean said “You think the trouser press created a perfect penis?” Cohen asked. “I can’t go here,” Dean shot back. “We’re not going Continue reading "WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen Asks Howard Dean About Hillary Clinton’s Gender"

Ex-GOP Governor Tells Toy It Can Use Machine Gun for ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Show


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Sacha Baron Cohen’s mission to humiliate American politicians on his show Who is America? is still going strong, as the comedian somehow got former GOP Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to approve a toy’s right to own a firearm for ethnic cleansing. The Showtime comedian was in character as a Danish Internet celebrity named OMGWhizzBoyOMG who makes YouTube videos focused on unboxing different new toys. “I’m Fizzy Fireworks,” Cohen said last night — speaking for the toy. “I do not know how to tie my shoelaces but please can I have a semi-automatic gun? I think I would be very good at shooting people.” Brewer says the toy can own “a certain kind of gun,” because “certain machine guns are off-grounds.” “They ought not to be, though,” she added. Cohen then told Brewer that the toy is 21 years old, but only has the mental capacity of a three-year-old. “But Continue reading "Ex-GOP Governor Tells Toy It Can Use Machine Gun for ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Show"

Watch Sacha Baron Cohen Entice a Pro-Gun Enthusiast to Fellate a Potential Beheader


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No matter how difficult your Monday morning might be, rest assured that your week is likely starting much better than Daniel Roberts. The founder of the pro-gun organization Youth Shooters of America is the latest dupe to embarrass himself at the hands of Sacha Baron Cohen, the undercover host of Showtime’s hit show Who is America? Posing as former Mossad agent Erran Morad, the British-born comedian/performance artist had Roberts go through a number of embarrassing conversations and actions — including throwing a be-bombed infant in a trash can — but culminated in a helpful tip on how best to avoid a beheading. What is the most vulnerable spot of someone about to behead a person? Well, the groin of course. And to prove the best manner to stop someone from chopping your head off, Roberts bit hard upon the rubber phallus that Cohen was wearing while yelling a muffled “drop your weapon” with a mouthful Continue reading "Watch Sacha Baron Cohen Entice a Pro-Gun Enthusiast to Fellate a Potential Beheader"

Showtime Exec Hints Sacha Baron Cohen’s Sarah Palin Interview Might Not Air


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Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Who Is America? has stirred outrage among certain of its interviewees, perhaps most notably Sarah Palin — who railed against the comedian’s antics in a Facebook tirade warning the public she was duped. However, the much anticipated footage may have not made the final cut. Showtime entertainment president Gary Levine dropped the hint during the Television Critics Association’s Beverly Hills press tour Monday while speaking with reporters, according to Entertainment Weekly. “There are several people who have thrown themselves in front of buses that may not be headed their way,” Levine said, responding to a direct question about Palin. Pressed on whether the former Alaska governor would appear on the show, he offered a teasingly vague answer. “Sacha is very hardworking and selective in [creating] the final product,” he said. “He’s always refining it. We’ll see.” Palin took to social media last month to vent Continue reading "Showtime Exec Hints Sacha Baron Cohen’s Sarah Palin Interview Might Not Air"

WATCH: Joe Arpaio Tells Sacha Baron Cohen He’d Take a ‘Blow Job’ From Trump


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Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he would take a blow job from President Donald Trump in the latest episode of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Who is America? The Showtime series — which has already featured Cohen duping the likes of Dick Cheney, Joe Walsh and Dana Rohrabacher — returned Sunday night with a hilariously bizarre segment in which Cohen, playing a Finnish “unboxing” celebrity named OMGWhizzBoyOMG, sits down with the former Arizona sheriff, recently pardoned by Trump for defying a court order to stop profiling Latinos. “I have 43 guns,” Cohen told Arpaio as he played with a tiny donut toy. “I’ve been collecting them for the upcoming race war.” After asking Arpaio if Trump is “very rich,” Cohen followed up by asking if Trump has a “golden shower.” “It wouldn’t surprise me,” Arpaio replied. Cohen went on to ask about Arpaio’s “first hand job,” and asked, “So Continue reading "WATCH: Joe Arpaio Tells Sacha Baron Cohen He’d Take a ‘Blow Job’ From Trump"

Campaign Site for GOP Lawmaker Touts Fake Award from Sacha Baron Cohen


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Republican Congressman Scott Perry is touting a fake pro-Israel award apparently given to him by actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in one of his elaborate pranks as a real accomplishment. Perry, who listed the phony acknowledgement on the “Awards and Recognition” page of his official campaign website, was given the so-called “70 at 70″ trinket by Cohen — who was posing as an employee for the made up Israeli media outlet called “Yerushalayim Television” — for his “significant contributions to the State of Israel.” Amazingly, news of Cohen’s elaborate pranks for his new Showtime series, which include posing as a wounded veteran to sucker Sarah Palin into an interview and asking Dick Cheney to sign a “waterboarding kit,” have been going viral for weeks now, yet Perry still listed the award on his website today — a fact that was reported by ThinkProgress. The congressman’s campaign was contacted for comment on Continue reading "Campaign Site for GOP Lawmaker Touts Fake Award from Sacha Baron Cohen"

WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ‘Pedophile Detection Machine’ on Roy Moore


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Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen‘s latest episode of Who Is America? targets former Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, claiming to have a new piece of Israeli technology that can detect pedophiles. The device “accidentally” goes off when used on Moore, and and the fake interview ends rather quickly after that. Cohen told the former Trump-endorsed Alabama candidate that he is an Israeli anti-terrorism expert named Erran Morad, and first describes other technological advances used by Israel, including a method for finding tunnels used by Hamas. He then explains he has the “latest Israeli gadget”, a device that can detect an enzyme that denotes a child molester. “So the phrase ‘sweating like a rapist’ is actually based in science,” Cohen says. He describes the device, then demonstrates how it would be used, waving it over himself and Moore. Over Moore, the device begins to beep. “It must be faulty,” says Continue reading "WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ‘Pedophile Detection Machine’ on Roy Moore"

Who is America? Is Telling Us Who to Listen To, and Who To Kick To the Curb


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There’s a debate raging about the ethics of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new venture on Showtime, Who is America?, which hinges on the morality of deceiving people into making asses of themselves on camera. That debate, while worthwhile, misses a huge part of what Cohen appears to be trying to accomplish with his new set of characters. For years now, Cohen’s tactic of getting into elaborate make-up and costume to dupe unwitting victims has delighted and intrigued audiences. But there’s one significant difference between this piece and Borat or Brüno: Cohen highlights the people who aren’t getting fooled. Cohen takes care to put his less “successful” segments into the show to illustrate who really didn’t fall for his schtick. Bear in mind that these are people from all sides of the political aisle: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) – a guy, mind you, I am incredibly loath to defend Continue reading "Who is America? Is Telling Us Who to Listen To, and Who To Kick To the Curb"

Georgia State Lawmaker Resigns After Pulling Down His Pants and Shouting the N-Word on Television


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It appears that Georgia State Representative Jason Spencer is out of a job. On late Tuesday, the Republican lawmaker announced that he was resigning from office after his humiliating appearance on Sunday night’s episode of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new show Who Is America? In the segment, Cohen pranks Spencer in taking an anti-terrorist self-defense class. And while doing so, he impersonated a Chinese tourist, shouted the N-word several times, and pulled down his pants exposing his rear end. After issuing an apology and initially refusing to resign, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports he has had a sudden change of heart. According to to House Speaker David Ralston’s office, Spencer will step down at the end of the month. This marks the first casualty of the Showtime program. Within the first two episodes, Cohen convinced several GOPers to support the arming of kindergartners and had former Vice President Dick Cheney sign Continue reading "Georgia State Lawmaker Resigns After Pulling Down His Pants and Shouting the N-Word on Television"

GOP Lawmaker Takes Pants Off, Screams N-Word to Fight Terror on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who is America?


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Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer did a very racist impression of a Chinese person, shouted the N-word, and took his pants off — all in service of fighting terror — in the second episode of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s show Who is America? The lawmaker is the latest Republican to be duped by Cohen, with the second episode of his Showtime series also taking Dick Cheney and Ted Koppel as victims. In the episode that aired Sunday night, Cohen — in character as Israeli terrorism expert Col. Erran Morad — trains Spencer to protect himself from a terror attack. As Cohen has Spencer explain his controversial (and unsuccessful) proposal to ban Muslim women from wearing veils, he asks him to act out a series of drills, including a very racist impression of a Chinese man and screaming out the N-word, which Spencer does without hesitation. “Are you crazy? The ‘N-word’ Continue reading "GOP Lawmaker Takes Pants Off, Screams N-Word to Fight Terror on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who is America?"

Gun Store Owner Tells Fox & Friends How He Thwarted Sacha Baron Cohen Prank: ‘He Just Looked Stupid’


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Sacha Baron Cohen has fooled a host of prominent current and former politicians — such as; Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Sarah Palin, and Joe Walsh — into appearing on his new Showtime series Who is America? But one gun store owner in Riverside, CA totally wasn’t buying what the comedian was selling. Thursday on Fox & Friends, Norris Sweidan described the incident — in which Cohen was purportedly filming a documentary about a Hungarian immigrant looking to purchase a gun. But the gun store proprietor claims Cohen wasn’t even close to convincing with his act. “When he walked in [with] that disguise, he just looked stupid,” Sweidan said. “Tight plants, big boots, that beard, a dumb-looking hat. He didn’t say much. He just kind of…he wouldn’t make eye contact with me…He kept looking at the producers. Soon as I kept trying to make eye contact with him, I Continue reading "Gun Store Owner Tells Fox & Friends How He Thwarted Sacha Baron Cohen Prank: ‘He Just Looked Stupid’"

Showtime Says Sacha Baron Cohen Never Pretended to Be Disabled Vet, Despite Sarah Palin’s Claim


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Showtime issued a statement on Monday denying that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen pretended to be a disabled veteran to dupe Sarah Palin, despite her claims. Cohen’s show Who is America? debuted on Sunday night, and featured the comedian doing what he does best: donning disguises to trick politicians and other public figures into saying stupid shit, including endorsing the arming of toddlers. Palin revealed last week she was one of Cohen’s victims, and claimed he impersonated a disabled veteran to dupe her — causing some outrage over the stunt. But now the pay cabler is denying Cohen’s character, Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D. who interviewed Bernie Sanders in the show’s premier, is a veteran. Watch that clip above. “There has been widespread misinformation over the past week about the character of Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D., performed by Sacha Baron Cohen on the Showtime Continue reading "Showtime Says Sacha Baron Cohen Never Pretended to Be Disabled Vet, Despite Sarah Palin’s Claim"

WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen Dupes GOP Pols With ‘Kinder-Guardians’ Guns for Toddlers Program


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Just hours ahead of Sunday night’s Showtime premiere of Who Is America?, a ten-minute teaser dropped, featuring its star, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen disguised as Col. Erran Morad, an Israeli anti-terror expert with an answer to America’s scourge of deadly mass shootings: arming kids. As it turns out, Kinder-Guardians, the name for the fictional program to get guns into the hands of children under age 7, garnered supportive on-camera statements from a handful of Republican politicians. “A 3-year-old cannot defend itself from an assault rifle by throwing a Hello Kitty pencil case at it,” says Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC). “The Founding Fathers didn’t put an age limit on the Second Amendment.” Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott also said he was on board, calling the plan one that “America would be wise to implement.” “It’s something we should think about in America, about putting guns Continue reading "WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen Dupes GOP Pols With ‘Kinder-Guardians’ Guns for Toddlers Program"

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Palin Interview ‘Appalling,’ He Crossed a Line


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Fox News’ Howard Kurtz lambasted Sacha Baron Cohen after Sarah Palin spoke out a few days ago about how he duped her. Palin wrote on Facebook recently that the comedian was disguised as a disabled veteran. She said, “The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.” She called on CBS and Showtime to donate all proceeds to a group to support American veterans. And this morning, Kurtz said, “Sarah Palin and her daughter fly around the country to do this interview for what she thought was a serious documentary on veterans and she runs into this bozo dressed up as a disabled veteran. Kind of appalling, isn’t it?” Fox News Headlines 24/7 reporter Carley Shimkus agreed and said, “What Sacha Baron Cohen did to Sarah Palin was horrible.” She did say that Baron Cohen Continue reading "Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Palin Interview ‘Appalling,’ He Crossed a Line"

Sacha Baron Cohen Flashbacks: Ron Paul Blows Up at Bruno Over Intensely Sexual Interview


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Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is back with a new show — Who is America? — and he’s reprising the type of stunt he pulls off like no one else: duping the famous and powerful into sitting down for interviews with his outlandish characters. Little is known about Cohen’s latest character, and whether or not his new show will feature any of his famed disguises as Ali G, Kazakhstani reporter Borat Sagdiyev, or Austrian fashion journalist Bruno Gehard. Mediaite is taking a look back at Cohen’s best interviews, and have already covered his battle with 60 Minutes personality Andy Rooney, who bailed on the interview after berating Ali G for his bad grammar. For this iteration, we look at Bruno’s amazingly awkward interview with Ron Paul, then a Texas Congressman, in a small hotel room. “Who are you wearing?” Bruno first asked Paul. A crew member Continue reading "Sacha Baron Cohen Flashbacks: Ron Paul Blows Up at Bruno Over Intensely Sexual Interview"

Joe Walsh Explains How He Was Duped By Sacha Baron Cohen Into Talking About Arming Pre-Schoolers


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Yet another victim of Sacha Baron Cohen appeared on television to give publicity to the comedian’s new show describe how he was duped by the comedian: Joe Walsh, the former Illinois congressman turned talk radio host. Cohen’s upcoming Showtime show — set to premier Sunday night — has buzzed with anticipation as a series of Cohen’s victims have come forward to decry his methods. Those include Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, and more. Walsh kicked off his interview with the obvious: Cohen is “a funny guy because he gets people to say stupid things.” The former congressman confessed that he’s a fan of Borat, before adding that Cohen, “gets people to say stupid things because he lies to them.” Walsh eplained that Showtime flew him to Washington D.C. to present him with an award for his support of Israel. Continue reading "Joe Walsh Explains How He Was Duped By Sacha Baron Cohen Into Talking About Arming Pre-Schoolers"

Bono: We Should Use Comedy to Fight Extremism, Send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock


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bonoBono testified to the Senate Appropriations subcommittee yesterday to talk about combating violent extremism with serious relief efforts and even comedy.

According to Reuters, Bono pushed legislators on a new Marshall Plan to step up humanitarian relief efforts in the Middle East in the name of combating the rise of extremism there and in Europe.

One thing in particular he touched on was the power of comedy to belittle extremists and how dictators like Hitler have tried to silence certain kinds of art they don’t like.

He said that laughing at extremists as they’re “goose-stepping down the street takes away their power,” and so Bono proposed assembling an elite squad of comedians: Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Baron Cohen in particular already has experience lampooning dictators.

Amy Schumer, meanwhile, was just kind of amazed Bono name-dropped her:

Sacha Baron Cohen: New Movie Has ‘Fairy Tale Ending… Donald Trump Gets AIDS’


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Sacha Barson CohenComedian and director Sacha Baron Cohen defended his newest film The Brothers Grimsby from criticism on SiriusXM’s Opie with Jim Norton, saying that having Donald Trump contract AIDS was a “fairy tale ending.” “It’s a fairy tale ending, so Donald Trump gets AIDS,” he joked when discussing the movie. Opie then quizzed Cohen on the rumors that Sony executives tried to get him to change the ending. Cohen responded that any studio would be concerned about that, especially since Trump is famously litigious. “Obviously there’s some complaints because it’s very, very bad associating AIDS with Donald Trump, particularly for AIDS,” he joked to laughter. “It’s a thing that potentially can cause harm to millions of people, which is why I suggest you don’t vote for him.” He said that there was a bit of fight when Sony put in a disclaimer at the end saying that no, Donald Trump is not Continue reading "Sacha Baron Cohen: New Movie Has ‘Fairy Tale Ending… Donald Trump Gets AIDS’"