Sacha Baron Cohen is set to revive the character of Ali G for a brand-new stand-up tour.
According to Variety, Cohen has been working on the tour for a while, and it will see Ali G make an appearance in some form. It’s currently unclear if he’ll be in character for the entirety of the performance, or just a part of it.
Cohen first introduced Ali G in the late ’90s on Channel 4‘s The 11 O’Clock Show. The series saw him interview a number of international personalities while in character as an exaggerated British roadman from Staines-upon-Thames.
In 2002, Cohen brought the character to the big screen in Ali G Indahouse, which was directed by Mark Mylod.
In 2021, Cohen reprised the character for a string of stand-up shows. “I just wanted to get on stage and muck around and see what Ali G would be like with a crowd,” he told GQ. “It was really good fun.”
Asked whether he would play the character again in this context at the time, Cohen replied: “Yes, I think I would.
“Because the reason I became a comedian was that I loved people laughing at my jokes. To actually hear laughter is a rare thing for me. When I do the movies, I think it is funny, but I have to wait three months to hear an audience laugh.”
News of Cohen’s new stand-up tour comes just days after it was reported that the actor was working on a new Ali G feature film. However, a source close to Cohen has told Variety that no such project is in development.