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Bill Maher, the country's most irreverent comedian, exposes the hypocrisy, delusions and ridiculousness of American life with biting wit in this rapidfire stand-up performance.
"I don't hate America," comedian Bill Maher declares during I'm Swiss, recorded in March 2005 in Portland, OR. "I love America. (But) I'm embarrassed." And there we have not only the source of the title (his discomfiture, he jokes, has led him to pretend he's from another country) but also the crux of Maher's overall presentation on this, his third DVD taken from a program that was first shown on HBO. Maher's tendency toward smugness and superiority regularly provoke the wrath of his opponents on the far right. But despite his disingenuous claims to the contrary ("I'm not making this up, I'm just reporting," or "I'm not being partisan"), he certainly can't be accused of not having a point of view. His targets are many in I'm Swiss, ranging from reality TV to Cialis ("the boner pill") and even Civil War reenactments, but he reserves most of his scorn for "the morals and values crowd" and George W. Bush. He excoriates the former for turning the '04 presidential election into "a referendum on boys kissing," part of their campaign to "legislate taste" while using their "nonsensical and spiritually unnecessary" religious devotion to claim the high moral ground. As for Bush, Maher's comment that "sometimes this guy is so retarded, he could be on death row in Texas" is one of his milder jabs; and when it comes to the Iraq war, describing Baghdad as "the galleria at Halliburton Square" pretty much sums up Maher's feelings about that. Much of what Maher says during this 99-minute monologue (plus a Q&A session with the audience that's included in the bonus material) is genuinely funny, especially a segment called "Master P's Theater," in which he translates rap lyrics from Ebonics into "white." But make no mistake about it: Bill Maher is one infuriated fellow, and whether you love him or loathe him, I'm Swiss provides ample food for thought. --Sam Graham
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
I've seen Bill Maher live and really liked him. I like his New Rules CD even if it is a little flat without an audience - same as Miller's readings. Read morePublished on June 14, 2007 by EDK