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Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:44 pm

I think the guy is brilliant. His show on HBO is one of the few highlights of cable television as far as i'm concerned. I'm sure he's hysterical in person, hope to catch him live at some point.
 
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:46 pm

Used to like him. Now I can't stand him. Glad he's on HBO so I'll never have to see him again.
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Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:48 pm

I have actually seen Real Time live, in person at CBS Television City in Hollywood. It is a great atmosphere and I love the show. We actually have had parties at my place to watch the show. He is very funny, relevant and very well informed.
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:48 pm

I like him, but the show can get boring if the panel is not interesting.
 
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:56 pm

Quoting N317AS (Reply 1):
Used to like him. Now I can't stand him. Glad he's on HBO so I'll never have to see him again.

I couldn't agree more. I never used to mind his show, but now I can't stand him.

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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:05 pm

I think he's very annoying and way too political. Can't make a non-political joke to save his life.

Also, his extreme left views make him unpalatable.
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:14 pm

Quoting Texdravid (Reply 5):
I think he's very annoying and way too political. Can't make a non-political joke to save his life.

Also, his extreme left views make him unpalatable.

Now that's funny!!! Dude, he's a political comedian... Politics is what he does. Sorry you're so far to the right not to appreciate his humor. He has poked fun of both parties. The folks in power generally are the target of his humor. He scorched the Clinton administration for the sake of punchlines, now he's doing the same to the Republikkkans.
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Thu Apr 14, 2005 4:01 pm

Still like him. It is ashamed, that Politically Incorrect died. Well, ABC crammed too many damn commercials breaking up the flow of the show. In a way, it proved that the show was a moneymaker due to the log jam of vapid commercials. I still love Bill Maher's joke regarding those stupid drug commercials:
I like that commercial where the couple dances on the clock and they melt into the clock; I want the drug those folks took!"
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:10 pm

I used to like him and his acerbic wit when he made more libertarian type observations that nuked all politicians.

Now, however, for some reason, he just comes off as a smarmy leftist trying to salvage what was a decent career.
 
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Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:15 pm

He's one of my favorites. I try to catch real time on HBO which is pretty good usually. Some of his specials are brilliant, especially "Victory begins at home" which is amazing. I love the part where he talks about the 2000 election and the main issue being 'I FUCK MY WIFE!'. Its so true if you think about it.
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:19 pm

A little of each.

It does not bother me that he finally made up his mind that he is a liberal. That is a valid point of view, fair enough.

But when he announced a few weeks ago that he is a board member of PETA he lost 90% of his remaining credibility.

He does have some interesting guests, but he also has a tendency to shout them down with buzzwords and bumper-sticker phrases which he then causes to go un-answered. I wish more conservatives would agree to appear on his show. He always makes the call for them, but not many answer. Re-read the sentence above for the probable explanation for that.

It is okay with me if entertainers want to be political but they must remember that they are entertainers. They are the court fool, not the wizard, and should not take themselves too seriously. He usually is entertaining, so I'll give him points for that. He seems sincere; points for that. Love his "New Rules" points for that.

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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:39 pm

I always think it's funny when he criticizes the catholic church in the sense that the church is basically anti-gay, but, as he sad in last week's episode, "the whole ceremony surrounding the pope's death was so gay, with all the pastels and the ornate head pieces, etc". Always good for a laugh.
 
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Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:54 pm

I think Bill Maher already has lost a lot of his audience when he came out with his anti-religion tirades. Have you noticed that Jon Stewart (of the very popular The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central) has been careful not to blatantly offend the religious crowd like Maher has done?
 
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:55 pm

" It is ashamed, that Politically Incorrect died. Well, ABC crammed too many damn commercials breaking up the flow of the show. In a way, it proved that the show was a moneymaker due to the log jam of vapid commercials."

So true!

I liked him a lot on Politically Incorrect. When he switched to HBO I never watched since I don't get HBO, but I've caught a couple episodes. And when he started fawning over Michael Moore the relationship was over....don't care for him anymore.
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 12:13 am

Like any comedy entertainer, they have their things I like and some I don't like. I love political/politican bashing, as long as against both sides. Humor like Maher does is one of the best ways to criticize and I often find my head nodding in agreement as to his humorous takes on issues. A couple of weeks ago when he had that Professor Churchill on, I decided not to watch that show. Last week, his first guest was former NYS Governor Mario Cuomo, whom I deeply admire for his intellegent views (although I may not agree with all of them). I like his 'New Rules' segment, as he is often on point, and if one joke flops, then the next one will fly.
One thing I don't like with Maher on his HBO program is his heavy use of foul language, especially as in last Friday's show where a popular foul word (similar to Clocksucker) from the HBO program 'Deadwood' was used by him and all of his guests (one of his guests was Ian McShane, a nasty bad guy from that show).
 
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 12:28 am

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 12):
Have you noticed that Jon Stewart (of the very popular The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central) has been careful not to blatantly offend the religious crowd like Maher has done?

Ever seen the segment called "This week in God"? Hehe... sure, it isn't as offensive to the religious as some of the things Maher says, but damn is it hilarious!
 
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Fri Apr 15, 2005 12:37 am

Never been much of a fan of Bill Maher. While I probably agree with many of his political viewpoints I find his style to be abrasive. And frankly once you become abrasive you don't encourage good discourse. Yes, political comedy should encourage discourse.

If I had a choice I would much rather watch Dennis Miller's show. But unless either of them have good guests I find their brand of comedy to be rather stale and hack.
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 12:59 am

Quoting Texdravid (Reply 5):
Also, his extreme left views make him unpalatable.

Extreme left huh? You ever hear this thing on the prisoners at Gitmo and snausages?

Quoting Texdravid (Reply 5):
I think he's very annoying and way too political. Can't make a non-political joke to save his life.

Hmm, might have something to do with the fact that he does a political show?? Maybe?? Huh??  scratchchin 

Quoting PA110 (Reply 6):
Republikkkans.

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Quoting Zippyjet (Reply 7):
It is ashamed, that Politically Incorrect died

You mean ABC killed it?

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 11):
I always think it's funny when he criticizes the catholic church in the sense that the church is basically anti-gay, but, as he sad in last week's episode, "the whole ceremony surrounding the pope's death was so gay, with all the pastels and the ornate head pieces, etc". Always good for a laugh.

Naturally. And remember, he was raised a catholic

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 12):
I think Bill Maher already has lost a lot of his audience when he came out with his anti-religion tirades.

Excuse me? He has always been anti-religion. I would not see why he would have lost any audience because of it now.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 13):
And when he started fawning over Michael Moore the relationship was over....don't care for him anymore.

Well, does it help that he has likely slept with Ann Coulter?

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 16):
If I had a choice I would much rather watch Dennis Miller's show

Too bad Dennis Miller has gone over to the dark side and in doing so really is no longer funny
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 11:06 pm

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 16):
If I had a choice I would much rather watch Dennis Miller's show.

Ditto- I've always loved his obscure references. His rants were classic, but he's gotten much tamer.
 
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 11:12 pm

Quoting Texdravid (Reply 5):
Also, his extreme left views make him unpalatable.

Oh, the doctor is back in the house, to tell us all what is wrong. Dude, you ever hear that guy hit Clinton when he was in office? The man is an Equal Opportunity Annoyer, and his humor, like most comedians, picks on the party currently in power. Or didn't they teach you about humor when you were in Medical School?  Silly
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Fri Apr 15, 2005 11:45 pm

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 16):
While I probably agree with many of his political viewpoints I find his style to be abrasive. And frankly once you become abrasive you don't encourage good discourse.

It also doesn't help that Maher has a very whiney voice that turns off a lot of viewers in no time flat.  thumbsdown 
 
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Sat Apr 16, 2005 12:31 am

"Well, does it help that he has likely slept with Ann Coulter?"

Did he do that on the show?
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Sat Apr 16, 2005 4:23 am

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 12):
think Bill Maher already has lost a lot of his audience when he came out with his anti-religion tirades. Have you noticed that Jon Stewart (of the very popular The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central) has been careful not to blatantly offend the religious crowd like Maher has done?

I'm not a fan of either show, though I have watched both. I think Jon Stewart is 10x the political comedian that Bill Maher is, and he's surrounded by a fabulous cast.

Stewart and I will agree on virtually nothing (his openness about his own position -- left -- is a refreshing change from others whose positions are constantly obscured) but he is a funny, funny dude. I even laugh when he offends me.
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Sat Apr 16, 2005 4:36 am

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 21):
Did he do that on the show?

No, but it is a pretty strong rumor in Hollywood

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 20):
It also doesn't help that Maher has a very whiney voice that turns off a lot of viewers in no time flat.

One, he doesn't whine and two, no one cares about his voice, just what he is saying.
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Sat Apr 16, 2005 4:42 am

"No, but it is a pretty strong rumor in Hollywood"

Why would I care about what he is RUMORED to have done in his PRIVATE life?
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Sat Apr 16, 2005 4:51 am

I love him........ he is extremely funny and it is great how he hates dubya and makes fun of rich people and politicians everywhere!
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Sat Apr 16, 2005 5:10 am

I watch his show almost every week! He is a very funny guy.

Did you guys see the show 2 weeks ago (when Alec Baldwin and Woopie Goldberg was the guests) and the "New Rules" part?

New Rule: You don't get a million dollars just for being gay. Remember Dick Cheney's daughter Mary, the one John Kerry mentioned was a lesbian, and the Republicans pretended to get all irate about it? Well, she just got a million-dollar advance to write her memoirs. Memoirs? "Chapter One: my dad's vice president. Chapter Two: I like girls." The End. (he used another word at the end instead of girls, but I didn't want to offend anyone)

I was laughing so hard when he said that joke!  rotfl 
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Sat Apr 16, 2005 6:16 am

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 24):
Why would I care about what he is RUMORED to have done in his PRIVATE life?

Because I was using scarcasm to dismiss your comment about him fawning over Michael Moore.
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RE: Bill Maher, Like Him Or Hate Him?

Sat Apr 16, 2005 6:24 am

He was funny. Once upon a time.

Then again so were other entertainers who let politics turn them into self-promoting, now decidedly unfunny people like Janeane Garofalo, Dennis Miller, Ed Asner, and so on.

Now, they're just shells of their formerly entertaining selves.

And sadly, so is Maher.
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