Sacha Baron Cohen has been enjoying the quiet life in Sydney as of late, but he recently returned to the spotlight as his alter ego Ali G.
Ali G is a satirical fictional character Sacha created in 1998, who the comedian has performed as on and off since.
Sacha made his name playing the foul-mouthed gangster wannabe, who first appeared on Channel 4’s Eleven O’Clock programme, then became the main character of the Da Ali G Show.
The British comedian shocked the audience of the Comedy Store in Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter in Sydney when he appeared on stage as the popular character.
According to reports, the 49-year-old performed at two comedy showcases on the weekend, with each set lasting for 20 minutes.
An audience member told The Daily Telegraph that to prevent the performance from being leaked, everyone had to put their phone in ‘locked pouches’ before Sacha came on stage.
‘[Sacha] had everyone in stitches,’ they said.
The last time the 49-year-old publicly performed as this character was when Sacha accepted the Comedic Genius Award at the Movie & TV Awards, where Borat, Ali G, and more of his outrageous alter-egos kept trying to steal the spotlight.
Sacha became well-known for riotous interviews with unsuspecting politicians and celebs while in character, and in the early days, many people thought Sacha actually was Ali.
Most of his laughs come from the fact the person he would be interviewing would have no idea they were the butt of the joke.
Some of his more memorable quips was when he asked astronaut Buzz Aldrin what it was like to ‘walk on the sun’, and questioned British socialist MP Tony Benn if going on strike was the same as ‘pulling a sickie’.
Audiences never seemed to mind whether Ali G was reinforcing or subverting stereotypes – they just found him funny.
The success of his TV slots led to 2002 movie Ali G Indahouse.
Sacha is currently living in Sydney with actress wife Isla Fisher, and their three children.
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