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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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To all of those who are screaming -- it's just a book, a very funny book.
This is a collection of the "New Rules" segments from HBO's Late Night with Bill Maher -- which is both the best and worst part of the book.
Easily 1/3 of the book were blank pages, pages with 1-4 lines of text, or empty pages except for his New Rules title.
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 4 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 8 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 9 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 9 months ago by Jane Ann Robert