About ten years ago, we were in Las Vegas and had planned on seeing the Blue Men perform. However, when we were about to book tickets for the show, my wife decided that she wanted to see Bill Maher Live instead. As a result , six of us caught the Blue Mens’ performance while my wife and my sister-in-law saw Bill Maher do his shtick. They said Bill Maher was great but I was glad we stuck to our original plan and saw the Blue Men; they were amazing.
Before then , I’d only occasionally seen Bill Maher perform on TV. He came across as very intelligent, very opinionated, very funny but somebody that I ‘d enjoy only in small doses. Recently, I rented Bill Maher’s New Rules from Netflix and watched it and … my opinion hasn’t changed.
The short 45-minute video is a compilation of the ‘New Rules’ segments of his TV shows from 2003-2005 . For those who haven’t seen the show, Bill Maher proposes a number of new rules about various things that tick him off . Things like tattoos with Chinese characters, George W. Bush’s penchant for posing like a working rancher next to his pick-up truck, Freedom Fries, then FEMA chief Michael Brown , the Bravo network ‘s TV show ” Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” etc. It’s a rapid fire performance with each target being skewered for 30 to 45 seconds and there’s no denying that it is funny, almost all of it. ( Hardcore Republicans and Bush supporters may have another opinion).
For instance , on the subject of tattoos, he has this to say ; “Just because your tattoo has Chinese characters doesn’t mean you’re spiritual. It’s in the crack of your ass and it means “Beef with Broccoli.” On the declining Jewish population:” The Jewish people have to start f***king again. The Jewish population has dropped 5% in the last decade which may explain why the country’s finances are in such bad shape. Breed, you sons of Abraham ! Breed!”
Maher has a great team of writers ,he’s very intelligent and a quick thinker ( I’ve seen him in unscripted interviews) and he has a way with words. His politics don’t bother me and I do find him funny. However, he does seem to have a fixation with gays ( there were close to a dozen cracks about gays and gayness, which I think is too many) and he comes across as an all-knowing wiseass. After a while the smirk gets to me. I don’t think I’ll be watching another of his videos anytime soon.