Bill Maher is on the forefront of the new wave of comedians who have begun to influence and shape political debate through their comedy. He is best known not just for being funny, but for advocating truth over sensitivity and taking on the political establishment. Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit ABC-TV program Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following, as well as a reputation for being a controversial bad boy.
Bill Maher's popular new HBO television show, Real Time, has put Maher more front and center than ever before. Particularly one regular segment on the show, entitled "New Rules," has been a hit with his ever-growing legion of fans. It is the part of the show during which Maher takes serious aim, bringing all of his intelligence, incisiveness, wit, and his signature exasperation to bear on topics ranging from cell phones ("I don't need my cell phone to take pictures or access the Internet. I just need it to make a phone call. From everywhere! Not just the places it likes!") to fast food ("No McDonald's in hospitals. I'm not kidding!) to the conservative agenda ("Stop claiming it's an agenda. It's not an agenda. It's a random collection of laws that your corporate donors paid you to pass.")
His new book, the first since his bestselling When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden, brings these brilliantly conceived riffs and rants to the written page. Appropriately titled New Rules, the book will collect some of the best of the rules derived from previously written material and will also contain substantial new material, including some longer form "editorials"--of course with a twist and bite that only Bill Maher can deliver.
In New Rules: Polite Musings of a Timid Observer, Bill Maher skewers celebrity, pop culture, and politics in his classic acerbic style. With a new season of Real Time with Bill Maher and an upcoming HBO Special (his sixth), Bill Maher: I'm Swiss, on deck, Maher also found the time to host Amazon.com's 10th Anniversary Concert at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. Amazon.com caught up with Maher upon his return to Los Angeles to talk about the book, the comic's night-table reading habits, the Internet, and what's wrong with the media.
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Such comedic salvos are pithy, creative, and irreverent. Maher's language is often salty, and everyone and everything is grist for his mill. Although decidedly anti-Bush, he takes potshots at democrats alike, and most importantly, at himself. "... Something is very wrong when the only one fired over terrorism is me." (Too many times people turned their attention toward me to find out why I suddenly laughed out loud).
It would help the reader to have already heard Maher's voice and delivery. It might give each joke more impact. Nevertheless, this man's star is on the rise, and so is his book.
"New Rules," rules!
Although Maher obviously leans to the left and isn't afraid to take shots at Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld and Co., neither does he spare the Democrats (he gives France kudos for standing up to the Bush administration, "which is more than the Democrats in Congress are doing").
Guts and honesty. Two virtues sorely lacking in this country today. Thanks Bill, for not being afraid to tell it like it is and remaining "politically incorrect."
This is a book that should have the Bush lovers climbing the wall. Then he starts talking about the Kerry going goose-hunting a week before the election trying to appeal to guys whould sooner vote for the goose.
And his comment: 'If you don't want the world to think your religion is medieval, stop beheading people. Texans are bloodthirsty and dim, and even they learned to use an electric chair. Come on Islam. Join the nineteenth century.
Or if you prefer, 'The Catholic Church really should have known better than to make a German pope on the day before Hitler's birthday.
To all of those who are screaming -- it's just a book, a very funny book. It's probably a better set of rules than Congress could come up with.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Somehow not as funny in print as on Youtube. Maher is mildly refreshing as a comedian who isn't just trying to be liked, saying irreverent things about political correctness,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Smoke
Bill Maher is my favorite comic/commentator. As an anti theist he puts religion where it belongs, in church and in the home. Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. WILLIAMS
This is a great glimpse of how Bill Maher sees the world. I was entertained, informed, and awed. I never miss Bill's Friday night feast of laughter, argument and information. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Junie Peterson
Bill Maher has such astute slants on everything--I am in my 90's and he has me laughing long after I finish reading! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jane Ann Robert
If you lean left even in the slightest bit, or enjoy pop-culture jokes this is for you. Bill Maher is so funny. The newer version of this book is good as well.Published 10 months ago by Jamaica Jeffers
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