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Sacha Baron Cohen

The Unauthorized Biography: From Cambridge to Kazakhstan

Kathleen Tracy

St. Martin's Griffin

The first biography of the comedic genius behind the cult favorite TV show “Da Ali G Show” and the high grossing—and gross out—smash film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

If the millions of fans who flocked to the blockbuster films Borat and Talladega Nights tuned in to Sacha Baron Cohen’s interviews on late night TV hoping to see the man behind the characters, they were sure to be disappointed. Who exactly is this Sacha Baron Cohen, who has everyone from TV personalities to the government of Kazakhstan all riled up?  Did he fool all the politicians and luminaries who made such idiots of themselves on “Da Ali G Show” or did it just look like it? Was it the RV-driving Southern good ole frat boys in BoratCultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan who got taken for a ride or were their on-camera remarks fair game?  And how did he get a fiancée as foxy as Isla Fisher, the babe from “Wedding Crashers”? 

Tracing his roots as the soft-spoken son of an English clothier, biographer Tracy follows Cohen’s path to Cambridge, where he ditched the idea of pursuing a Ph.D. for an infinitely trickier comedy career.  As we wait to see just what Cohen will come up with next, Tracy gets to the man behind the characters—and details the outrageous moves Cohen has made in character as the boorish English hip-hop journalist Ali G,  the tender and tactless Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev, and more


The first biography of the comedic genius behind the cult favorite TV show “Da Ali G Show” and the high grossing—and gross out—smash film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

If the millions of fans who flocked to the blockbuster films Borat and Talladega Nights tuned in to Sacha Baron Cohen’s interviews on late night TV hoping to see the man behind the characters, they were sure to be disappointed. Who exactly is this Sacha Baron Cohen, who has everyone from TV personalities to the government of Kazakhstan all riled up?  Did he fool all the politicians and luminaries who made such idiots of themselves on “Da Ali G Show” or did it just look like it? Was it the RV-driving Southern good ole frat boys in BoratCultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan who got taken for a ride or were their on-camera remarks fair game?  And how did he get a fiancée as foxy as Isla Fisher, the babe from “Wedding Crashers”? 

Tracing his roots as the soft-spoken son of an English clothier, biographer Tracy follows Cohen’s path to Cambridge, where he ditched the idea of pursuing a Ph.D. for an infinitely trickier comedy career.  As we wait to see just what Cohen will come up with next, Tracy gets to the man behind the characters—and details the outrageous moves Cohen has made in character as the boorish English hip-hop journalist Ali G,  the tender and tactless Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev, and more


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1Iz It Coz I'ze Welsh?AS A CHILD, MY DAD MADE US WATCH AMERICAN SHOWS HE LOVED GROWING UP, EVERYTHING FROM SGT. BILKO TO SID CAESAR'S YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS.--SACHA BARON COHENIT'S ironic that the Borat and Ali G characters have been accused of being anti-Semitic, considering that Sacha Baron Cohen is Jewish. However, contrary to reports that he is devoutly Orthodox, Baron Cohen's identity is more firmly rooted in the secular."I wouldn't say I'm a religious Jew," he admits, explaining that his observances have more to do with Jewish cultural customs and traditions. When in England,
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  • Kathleen Tracy

  • Kathleen Tracy is an entertainment journalist who has written biographies of a number of celebrities, including the Dixie Chicks, Don Imus, Angelina Jolie and Ellen DeGeneres.  She lives in California.

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The Unauthorized Biography: From Cambridge to Kazakhstan

Kathleen Tracy

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