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Bill Maher heads once more into the Real Time breach

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Curious people are interesting people. Why is that? — (Bill Maher)

By Temple A. Stark

Unholy shit, I’m in comedic heaven; Chris Rock is on tomorrow’s season premiere of Real Time with Bill Maher, 11 p.m., HBO baby.

It’s the third season and it’s not my imagination but Bill is back much earlier than last year – well this year – when the second season began Feb. 18 (and I covered that, too, here, where I detail my viewing history of Maher).

It’s not like he’s been lazy. He hosted the weird little show that was the Amazon 10th Anniversary corporate bash online, written a “New Rules” book (which I’ll be buying for a few close friends) and been charged with some kind of lawsuit by a former girlfriend (case dismissed).

And so I can’t be misunderstood – these two have provided me so much laughter over the last few years that they have achieved legend-in-their-lifetime status. I would literally cry if one of them unexpectedly died. I taped all of last year’s shows and I’ll be watching them again.

Frankly, in the context of tomorrow night’s show, the other three guests, Washington Week and This Week panelist Michel Martin, current lawyer, former DHS official Asa Hutchinson and mom with a message Cindy Sheehan (live from Crawford, Texas) are like small moons around the twin planets of Rock and Maher. NOTE: The HBO Site for the show differes, replacing Martin with GOP political consultant Kellyanne Conway

NOTE 2 8.19.05 14:29: (Paul Hackett, recent Iraq War II Marine and recently failed Ohio Democratic candidate for US Congress – who says “ass” a lot – is replacing Cindy Sheehan who was called away from Crawford and the show due to her mother’s stroke.

If you don’t like Maher let me say it clear – you have a stick so far up your ass you’re a puppet; a marionette with one single expression for the world. You want to think Bill Maher should be your little darling when he’s a fucking comedian. Emphasis on fucking and comedian.

You know why I really like theses two? Because though I couldn’t possibly agree with them all the time – they are still funny; unlike the fallen angel of Dennis Miller whose rants are on the top of my list of comedy that works and who I still think of as very funny – pre 9-11. After 9-11, French jokes became Miller’s main staple and that’s weak comedy. When you celebrate the heat-induced death of 10,000-plus Frenchmen and women, you’ve veered into some very ugly territory that no amount of beat cultural references can save. I turned on him afte rhis appearance on Jay Leno when he comletely did not rock the house. I forgot about him as I tried to listen to his CNBC “monologues” and the audience, collectively, did their best mime impression.

Just like when the presidency changed in 2001, I’m really looking forward to Jan. 2009 when another new president steps into the White House – and finds Maher there already prepping for material.

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Always been a writer, always maintained an interest in politics, how people communicate and fantasy worlds within photography and books. Previously wrote for Blogcritics back in 2005 and interested in exploring the issues and topics I'm interested - the changing landscape of entertainment. all from the POV of a creator first, consumer, second.
  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    Thanks Temple for the reminder – time to program my DVR

  • http://darkeroticism.blogspot.com swingingpuss

    I’m quivering with anticipation 😉

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Is that a good thing?
    :-)

  • http://darkeroticism.blogspot.com swingingpuss

    Only if Aaman’s okay with it 😉

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Cindy Sheehan is off the show, due to her mother’s stroke – and will be replaced by Paul Hackett, failed Ohio Dem Rep. candidate and Iraq soldier.

    I bet he says ass a lot. I will adjust post accordingly with a link.

  • http://home.comcast.net/~proy1/ Paul Roy

    Damn I miss “Politically Incorrect”.

  • gonzo marx

    bah…i don’t miss politically incorrect…great premise, lousy format…conversations would just start getting interesting and they would switch segments/go to commercial…the show was too short, and due to being broadcast, heavily edited

    the cable format of Real Time is much better suited to Maher’s style and subject matter…and even then, it can cut stuff short at times to fit in the regular “bits”

    still, this and the Daily show are two of the best shows around right now

    your humble Narrator HIGHLY reccomends viewing

    nuff said?

    Excelsior!

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    I kept on meaning to comment – Chris Rock was REALLY REALLY unfunny.

    Big disappointment.

    Everyone else was “on” except KellyAnne who has ZERO sense of humor. She was creepy.

    Mrs. Scalfly was surprisingly charming. I’d never seen her interviewed; only seen her written words. She’s better “in person.”

  • Shannon

    Chris Rock was an embarrassing, ignorant, unfunny asshole on Bill Maher. Why did he ask him to be on the show in the first place? I literally squirmed watching this episode. Chris Rock needs to stick to B Movies and “hip” black vs. white jokes, and leave the intellectual conversations to those who are actually somewhat intellectual.

  • scott

    I AM A YOUNG BLACK MALE AND TO SEE CHRIS ROCK ON BILL MAHER WAS A COMPLETE EMBARASSMENT TO BLACK PEOPLE AS WHOLE, HE JUST FURTHER ADDS TO STEROTYPE PLACED ON US AS IGNORANT , AS A RACE WHOSE ONLY USE IS TO AMUSE AND ENTERTAIN BECAUSE HE HAD A CHANCE TO VOICE HIS OPINION ON ISSUES FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A BLACK MAN BUT ALL HE COULD DO WAS TALK ABOUT FUCKING GAS, OKAY GOOD GAS IS HIGH WE KNOW, YOUR FUCKING RICH YOU DONT GIVE A FUCK GOD DAMN ANYTHING OF SUBSTANCE WOULDA BEEN GOOD BUT DAMN YOU EMBARRASED YOURSELF IN FRONT OF PEOPLE WHO ALREADY THINK YOUR DUMB AT LEAST TRY TO BE INTELLIGENT FOR ONE FUCKING HOUR I MEAN ITS A SHAME A PRIME EXAMPLE OF PEOPLE LAUGHING AT YOU NOT NOT WITH U

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Did anyone see Ann Coulter on tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher? I’ve never seen her so pissed off at George W. Bush! It was uplifting and strangely erotic to see the anger emanate from her pores toward a fellow Republican! Then there is conservative gay blogger Andrew Sullivan who was once so far up W’s butt that I thought they were lovers. He says he’ll never trust the President again. If his numbers sink any lower, the vulnerable GOP members of Congress will be jumping ship so fast that there’ll be a tidal wave. I’m kind of sympathetic toward the President right now. He’s lost his base; he never had the liberals; and, he squandered foreign policy opportunities. He better hope Harriett Miers gets Senate approval. Without having SCOTUS stacked in his favor, Lord only knows what can happen next.

  • Dr.know

    George Bush IS Pure Evil.
    So, lets see this piece of shit president very questionably blew up the trade centers in a project to jump start a fuck every thing in the world agenda and then blamed it on a highly anoying individual whom we have yet to see(Osama Bin Laden). Not to mention Bushes where abouts were known 3 days ahead of time and yet no plane was sent near that school. Now from the many reports I have read we have lost approximately 3000 soldiers + 28000 bystanders in the last 3 years and for kicks lets add the + 3000 world trade center visitors or workers at 911.Resulting in 31 people a day 317 people a week etc killed in the name of Hitler aka Bush.
    Anything our(yes I live here and hate it) goverment has done to create harmony in the world has been trampled. The US goverment black market income is at an all time high(yes one does exist). We imprison 600,000 people a year for smoking one of the most benign medically useful and easily accessable drugs in all of history namely Marijuana. Which intern leaves us with people who were totally in-active in violent affairs learn first hand how to become the worst possible individual. GOD THE LIST GOES ON WITH THIS MOTHER FUCKER.

    Why is he still in fucking office?? I WISH I KNEW!! I WILL NOT BE SURPRISED IF HE REFUSED TO LEAVE OFFICE AND STATED HE WAS THE FUCKINBG ANTI-CHRIST IN 2008.