Nothing Nicolas Cage chooses to undertake in this stage of his varied patchwork of a career should surprise any of us. Not portraying kindred chaotic spirit Joe Exotic in Amazon’s adaptation of the Tiger King story; not producing D-grade action movies titled Jiu Jitsu with a whole lot of low-budget nonsense and zero actual jiu-jitsu; not even hosting the unscripted Netflix comedy series – The History of Swear Words – wherein the Leaving Las Vegas actor… explores the history of swear words (don’t you just love a straightforward premise?).
In each 20-minute instalment for six episodes to start, Cage will interview entertainers, historians, and associated experts alike (e.g. cognitive scientist/author Benjamin Bergen, linguist Anne Charity Hudley, professor of feminist studies Mireille Miller-Young) to explore the etymology, origins, science, and even cultural impact of common profanity such as:
- and on the far tamer end of the spectrum, “damn”
The all-star factor of this upcoming affair, however, won’t be limited to the words being dissected. As reported by Variety, guest comedians we can expect to come on board to balance out the Cage-factor will range from our very own Jim Jefferies – a man famed for his fondness of the nation’s staple word: “cunt” – Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, Nikki Glaser, Open Mike Eagle, Isiah Whitlick Jr., and more.
Although there was zero indication, part of you instinctively knew something this tongue-in-cheek was co-produced by Will Ferrell-backed venture, Funny or Die, in collaboration with B17 Entertainment. I Love You, America‘s Bellamie Blackstone will serve as showrunner.
The History of Swear Words will be available to stream via Netflix starting from January 5th 2021.