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A Grammar Lesson With Andy Rooney and Ali G


How about some light-hearted content today?

Sadly, the greatest curmudgeon of our time, Andy Rooney, passed away recently. But that’s obviously not the light-hearted part of today’s post.

Rooney was definitely a grumpy old guy, almost like an old grandfather that rambles nonsensically about politics, religion, athletics, and you simply nod your head and think, “That’s just grandpa.”

In this clip, Sasha Baren Cohen (from Borat fame) sits down to interview Rooney. Cohen is acting as his alter-ego character, Ali G–a British hip hop enthusiast. The awkward conversation slowly shifts to an Andy Rooney lesson on grammar.

It’s a train wreck. Rooney’s hostile grumpiness shines through, as he’s totally oblivious to Cohen’s schtick.

My favorite line: “I have 50 books on the English language, if you’d like to borrow one.”

Check out the video and answer the question: Does you think this is funny?

[Photo: Mediabistro]

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  1. It’s amusing, but no, it’s not funny. Mr. Rooney may not have been oblivious to the routine, he just may not have found it very funny. Sadly, this reminds me of an average Saturday Night Live episode. Perhaps I’m a little too much like Mr. Rooney and I don’t find all of today’s comedians very funny. I miss Andy Rooney and created a post about him recently with the clip “What’s in Andy’s Drawers.” Now he was funny!

    December 1, 2011
    • Aw, come on! I don’t think Rooney would’ve ever allowed the guy in the room with him if he thought it was for a comedy act. But oh well, I guess we all have different tastes in humor.

      December 1, 2011
    • rottenronnie #

      I have to agree with you angrymiddleagewoman and hats off to Mr Rooney as well. and of course we all miss Andy he sure put a smile on alot of faces. as well as this vid clip..kinda upset me how the racist card was used so quickly it showed me what kinda person ali is.. and im a new viewer and after that comment i gotta say ali’s comedy isn’t my cup of tea .im sure alot of the younger crowd likes him ..some of us are just a little old fashion and grew up back in the day where there wasn’t all the slang. and to a person that wasn’t expecting it or hasn’t heard it before i could see why he would get a bit frustrated..and RESPECT TO ANDY ROONEY…peace

      April 25, 2014
  2. Bobbi Segura #

    Not funny.

    December 1, 2011
  3. Kathryn Frances #

    Poor Mister Rooney. Yes, this is funny. I’m not usually a fan of Sacha Baren Cohen’s shtick (either as Borat or Ali G) but his feigned innocence at butchering his own language is delightful.

    December 1, 2011
    • Wow. I was starting to think I was the only one that thought this was humorous. I’ve heard Andy Rooney say some ridiculous crap over the years, so it was nice to see someone totally play him like a fiddle.

      December 1, 2011
      • Couldn’t agree more. Excellent clip!

        December 1, 2011
  4. Since I did not laugh until Andy corrected him on how to pronounce racist, I would have to rate this as not funny.

    December 1, 2011
  5. Andy Rooney is the comedy here. I’ve never liked the guy or his “take” on the world. The world is a funny place and Sascha is able to get under Andy’s skin because Andy has no sense of humor…..or he’s late for his nappy time.

    December 1, 2011
  6. “I think it’s an English/American thing going there.” I can’t stop laughing! Ali G’s not my thing, but you have to admire his staying in character like that. And it makes you wonder how many bizarre interviews famous people have had to endure for Ali G’s shtick to seem real.

    December 2, 2011
  7. LOL I love it and I can appreciate it. You know that’s a lot of improv. He picked up right away that Andy hated the distorted language and ran with it. Racialist. HA.

    December 2, 2011
  8. Patti #

    Interesting. Having seen Ali G, I know it was intended to be funny, but Rooney’s reaction makes it uncomfortable. I always kind of wonder what the point of such an interview is, but feels like it’s intended as ridicule.

    December 8, 2011
  9. Reblogged this on yudimnh37.

    December 12, 2011
  10. Very funny stuff. I just watched the Rooney clip. It’s insightful to see how people treat someone like “Ali G” in spontaneous situations.

    November 6, 2013

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