By EW Staff
December 05, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Ali G: Oliver Upton /HBO

Ali G ranks among 2003’s top breakouts

So really, how does it feel to break out? Just ask Ali G (a.k.a. comic Sacha Baron Cohen), who’s now recognized all the time. ”It’s gettin’ so bad,” says the star of HBO’s ”Da Ali G Show,” ”dat I is finkin’ of takin’ off de sign on me car dat says, ‘Inside dis car is Ali G — you know, de one wiv de glasses and hat from HBO.”’ Thanks to irreverent interviews in which he dupes the likes of Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and, um, frank roundtable discussions about religion and drugs, the ethnically ambiguous rapper/host — already a star in the U.K. — has conquered the States (he’s currently at work on season 2). But he isn’t sweating fame just yet. No, sirree. ”I ain’t been dis excited since me Julie shaved her punani Afro into de shape of Jamaica.” We totally sympathize.