Ali G To Speak At Class Day

Speaker named after weeks of waiting

Ali G is comin’ to da U.S. to bang at ’arvard.

Or so he’d say.

He may even break out a crimson jumpsuit for the occasion.

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, known commonly as Ali G, will address seniors at Class Day on June 9.

Baron Cohen, who will begin his second year hosting an HBO late-night show this summer, usually appears as his alter-ego, “bad boy rapper” Ali G.

“We are excited to welcome this most talented and hilarious performer, along with his yellow jumpsuit and copious amounts of ice, to Harvard’s Class Day,” said Class Marshal and speaker committee Chair John Paul M. Fox ’04 in a statement.

Fox could not be reached for comment Saturday.

“All I can say is Boyashaka,” wrote Dean of the College Benedict H. Gross ’71 of the choice in an e-mail.

Ali G was a much sought-after choice, first class Marshal Shaka J. Bahadu ’04 wrote in an e-mail.

“Quite a few seniors e-mailed me throughout the year requesting that we ask Ali G,” Bahadu wrote. “Fortunately, we were able to deliver.”

Though Baron Cohen was secured as the choice at least a month ago, the committee was unable to release his name until Friday.

“The person we have secured has requested for us to hold the announcement to coincide with something else they are working on,” Bahadu wrote in an e-mail last month.

Bahadu said yesterday that he did not know what the project was.

On “Da Ali G Show,” Baron Cohen often surprises interviewees with disarming questions, sexually-suggestive double entendres and misnomers like “the events of 7-11.”

Baron Cohen, who is half-Israeli and half-Welsh, is used to spending time in Cambridge, albeit the British namesake of Harvard’s home—he majored in history at Cambridge University.

Class Marshal Zachary A. Corker ’04 said that Baron Cohen will almost definitely appear as Ali G when he speaks at Harvard.