Maher is well-known to comedy audiences as a stand-up comic who has been performing for several years, but he is also an outspoken advocate for a number of political issues. From one angle you could say that its anger holds it back from really reaching the comic heavens. Just wish that guy from 2003-2005 was still around. Every Friday, every fan of Bill Maher is hopeful there is a new episode of Real Time that evening. Bill Maher and Henry Rollins have similar talk shows, but Henry seems to bring up new and important topics while Bill sort of runs over the same news that everybody else is talking about. All in all, a reasonably entertaining show considering it's subject matter. Whether we agree with it or not, it's a step forward in attaining a greater understanding with which we could help ourselves and our country for the future.
He's not afraid to critique or question either side. We need to have more conversations in the news right now like they have on their shows. Not to sound snobby, but I'm just saying. Bill's interview guest is Maajid Nawaz. Guest B says something completely contrary but puts it into nice words, and the crowd applauds again. While the show does make you laugh, it remains a poignant piece of political news and satire without being too goofy.
Maher is a master of this, and he does so with agile humor and charm. Real Time with Bill Maher is a comedy show, but it also adds important discussions to the arena of politics. I find watching Real Time and Jon Stewart's The Daily Show all I need to keep up with what is happening in that country. I do give Bill credit for being consistent in his views and even challenging the grain once in a while. This is regularly the funniest part of the show making fun of everything from teenagers cell phone addiction to the president. There's most often no way for them to actually explain why they have a different opinion, be it right or wrong.
It's tiresome to watch Maher lead a conversation when it's basically a monologue waiting for agreement. The show is live and includes language that is meant for adults, so it is not for everyone. Maher somehow gets away with it most of the time. Not as funny as Jon Stewart but Maher goes a bit deeper in his hour than Stewart can. Often the show gets me heated and occasionally Maher's jokes even go off the edge and into tacky, but that is the razor's edge of iconoclastic comedy. Nancy MacLean is an award winning historian and author of the book, 'Democracy in Chains'.
It is great to have Bill Maher back and better than ever. That smart ass grin he gets when he tells a gag, especially a controversial one, takes the shine off an otherwise great performance. That said, he is also critical of liberals as well. Before the panel comes out to have its discussion, Maher usually interviews an important political or social figure either in the studio or via satellite. Bill's interview guests are African American academic Michael Eric Dyson and actress Leah Remini. And it's obvious that he truly cares about his country and where it's headed.
Last week Bill Maher said that if Obama is elected America wins and if Romney is elected comedy wins. One of the most interesting aspects of the program is that it airs live, meaning that anything can happen. He even lets himself be ridiculed, which is the mark of a fair commentator. In addition to the roundtable discussions, the show also features topical i more… A talk show about current events with the former host of 'Politically Incorrect. The reason for this is Maher himself and ironically he is a weakness to the show.
You can appreciate his humour, his political views and his humanity but his smirk irks. There's something about Real Time- not just that Maher is funny and is on the ball with current events- that makes it a solid, thought provoking hour of television, especially in times like these. The panel discussion is usually followed by another comedy bit, another one-on-one interview with a guest and the famous New Rules segment in which Maher goes through a list of humorous suggestions for rules that society should follow. Maher brings in some interesting guests, some of which I would normally go out of my way to avoid, but he manages to extrude interesting television from each and every one of them. Our countries are similar but so different. The crowd applauds for guest A.
Richard Haass, president of the Council of Foreign Relations and John Avlon, editor-in-chief of the Daily Beast are the interview guests. But because we must remember that Maher is first and foremost a comedian, we must also remember that we should not take anything he says seriously - whether it offends us or not; no one said that comedy - not to mention, good comedy - had to always be in good taste. But he has become so partisan, I cannot remember the last time I saw him on a serious news or talk show. Bill's interview guests are: Republican Political Consultant and Trump Confidant, Roger Stone and the Former Director of the National Security Agency, General Michael Hayden. That, among other things, is likely to come up when Maher returns. Bill Maher supporting a movement he doesn't know anything about and basically explaining a group of people are the problem which are his words, literally.
That to me is a drawback. In addition to the roundtable discussions, the show also features topical interviews with in-studio and satellite guests. This makes the show very rare, and it is why so many people tune in each week. Conversley, the arguments many of the guests are making feel either insightful or clueless and circle, which is another reason the show is such an addicting watch. While he still has flashes of wit, they are fewer and farther apart. This is the first time I really have had a lot of experience with him and it says a lot that, even as a left-leaner, I find him very extreme at times. Bill Maher the comedian is great.
A few chuckles on the events of the week but nothing you want to remember for the water cooler Monday. Despite that bias, the show and it's host Bill Maher remain objective throughout but with a tendency to lean left in a humorous way. Unequivically, this show is awesome. There are cases where he actually just changes the subject when he's challenged by something. It doesn't work if someone isn't offended.