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.