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Bill Maher - I'm Swiss
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Maher is also, unfortunately, one of the most astute political commentators in America. I say unfortunately because, as Jon Stewart has repeatedly pointed out, there is something extremely sad about two of the finest political analysts in America being comedians. In fact, the only two political columnists I consistently rate above Maher and Stewart for depth of insight are Paul Krugman and E. J. Dionne. Typically, Maher is perceived as being very far to the left, but that is actually somewhat a freak of the times. At many points in the history of the U.S. he would probably be perceived as being much further to the right. He is in many regards, as he often points out himself, a classic libertarian, though without the utopian mania about the blessings that a completely unfettered free market would generate. But he is in many regards pretty much a classic Jeffersonian. Jefferson famously wrote in his NOTES ON VIRGINIA: "It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. In neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.Read more ›
Maher's views are a much appreciated departure from the lock-step drivel spewed by our conservative media, but billed as a comedy show (if that's how it is billed), this performance falls remarkably short. Maher's previous DVDs are both thought provoking and hilarious, while "I'm Swiss" is merely thought provoking. It's not so awkward that you're squirming in your seat when the laughs don't come as you would with other comedians--in fact there's probably very few comedians that could really do a show like this. Maher proves he doesn't have to be funny to be watchable. But ultimately this becomes a "spoken word" performance for Maher--for better or for worse--and therefore I have to conclude it's also really not material for the uninitiated. If you're already familiar with Maher's genius, you'll probably like this--but laugh-out-loud funny it is not.
On perhaps a "positive" note (depending on your viewpoint) Maher steers unusually clear of the topic of women on this DVD. So perhaps this content will go over easier with those who on previous releases may have been quick to characterize Maher as a misogynist or be easily offended. Personally I missed that material as there's really no one out there who speaks as Maher does on these types of topics, but he sticks almost entirely to politics on this one.
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THIS IS THE DVD ALSO VERY FUNNY THAT GOES WITH BILL MAHER LIVE FROM WDC AN HBO COMEDY SPECIAL IN WHICH HE SHARES HIS LIFE HONESTLY AND OPENLY IN AN EMPOWERING WAY HIS AUDIENCE... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katherine Benziger
the materials here are already dated. but still some topics are thought provoking. he makes fun
of a lot of issues. Read more
We have watched this several times now: shared with friends.
I bought it for the title and found it to be One of My Favorites Bill Maher dvd's. Smart. Funny. Read more
A religious nut protesting outside the theater where Bill Maher is to appear sets the tone for I'M SWISS, a documentary/concert film of the comedian's 2005 Portland, Oregon,... Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by J. L LaRegina
Bill Maher has been funny since "Politically Incorrect" and his show "Real Time" is great, but I believe his true calling is stand-up. Read morePublished on November 28, 2007 by D. L. Johnson
The downfall of this production IS the production. Horrible angles, spotty lighting, etc.
However, this is still a very good show, with Maher at his most irreverent. Read more
Bill-- I love the way you express yourself. You make this world funny and also you tell it like it is. You are one of a ind who can inject humor- but tell it like it is. Read morePublished on August 23, 2007 by Mizzou