A week after I bitched about how tired I was of Sacha Baron Cohen appearing on late-night television shows in character to promote his movies, he went on Letterman as himself to promote Bruno. And whaddaya know, he was totally funny and entertaining, and it was refreshing to not have a caricature of a flamboyantly gay Austrian flirting with the host for ten minutes.
Anyway, this is great because Cohen talks about his quest to interview an actual terrorist, and in the process reveals that he’s capable of smart, edgy humor that isn’t predicated on tricking people into thinking he’s some outlandish character. Believe me, it’s not easy to tell jokes about terrorism in this country. No matter how many times I try them out, my 9/11 jokes always seem to… bomb. Anyone? No? That’s okay, I know where the door is.
UPDATE - Video of the entire interview below. Cohen talks about some of the hijinks while filming Borat. It’s approximately 800,000 times better than him appearing in character as Bruno and starting sentences with “Ich’m…”