Ali G Studies Chemistry

November 24th, 2006

This video of Sacha Baron Cohen (as Ali G) interviewing Boston College Professor T. Ross Kelly is excellent. After watching it a couple of times, I’m still not sure that Kelly knows exactly what happened.

The next time you expect to evolve a gas, please work in da hood and be sure to check your Hilfiger’s for contaminants.

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bgr Says:
November 28th, 2006 at 8:54 pm

That is a funny bit. I asked Kelly about this a few years back. He said that somebody from the BBC called him and said that they had a film crew in the area and would like to speak with a chemist. Kelly said he figured he would “take one for the team,” and on the day of the shoot had prepared a bunch of your standard demos (LN2, etc.). They set up the cameras and then Ali G walked in and he knew he’d been had, though he said they shot for about an hour and left out a lot of the worser bits. He did a pretty good job considering that you can’t really win. As the stories come out from the filming of ‘Borat,’ it is clear that he was got in the same sort of way.

Paul Says:
November 28th, 2006 at 10:21 pm

Compared to most of Sacha Baron Cohen’s “victims,” Kelly doesn’t come off bad at all. He looks like he’s just trying to let Ali G get through his material.

It’s interesting that you mention how SBC arranged this interview, because he refuses to tell anyone how he sets these shoots up. (For example, watch the Howard Stern interview of SBC on YouTube.) I bet the BBC wouldn’t be so happy if it knew someone was going around ruining its reputation.

Organic Chemistry Says:
January 11th, 2007 at 11:58 am

I read about a DEA agent who was also on the show, the production staff told him: “The host of the show is a little slow and might seem a little wierd, but he really reaches the kids, so please be patient with him even if he asks some stupid questions.”

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