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  • In Memoriam: The film ends with one for Johnny Carson, who named the Aristocrats his favorite joke of all time. Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza had regularly been in contact with Carson during the production of the film, and had agreed to screen the film personally for him once it had premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Carson, however, passed away shortly after the Sundance premiere, and thus the dedication end-card was one of the very last additions to the film.
  • What Could Have Been: Rodney Dangerfield and Buddy Hackett were both originally going to have scenes, but had to opt out due to health issues. Both of them passed away before the film's release.
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    • Penn Jillette admitted that he had seriously considered to ask Johnny Carson to contribute, but ultimately never went through with it out of respect for Carson's retirement.
    • The creators of the film also wanted Richard Pryor to participate but he was too ill.

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