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Does Anybody Have a Problem with That?:: Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits Hardcover – Unabridged, May 28, 1996

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Politically incorrect humor is nothing new. It seems most jokes from stand-up comedians through the years have poked fun at race, religion, gender or sex while the rest have intended to be downright offensive. (Remember Don Rickles?) But Bill Maher has refined his humor on the nuances and sometimes ridiculousness of all things "politically correct." Host of the talk show "Politically Incorrect," he unloads a collection of his gems for this book, such as: "Should we require a seven-day waiting period to have a child, and if so, would it be called the Brady Bunch bill?" One book you won't want to take to the Rainbow Coalition meeting.

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Comedy Central channel's premier talk show, Politically Incorrect, appears to have single-handedly revived political satire on television. Acerbic host Maher supplies an eclectic assortment of guests, who are goaded into quibbling, arguing, and shouting about everything from gays in the military to violence in the media. While the television show is a refreshing breath of topnotch satire, Maher's attempt to capture the essence of individual programs in this compilation of commentaries falls short of the mark. Maher has assembled some of the program's most memorable highlights, but outside the context of the programs, his tongue-in-cheek observations seem less interesting. Still, the book provides a useful record of individual programs, broadcast dates, and guests. That, coupled with the show's popularity, would make it a reasonable purchase for most libraries.?Joe J. Accardi, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 1 edition (May 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679456279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679456278
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maher is great but this book isn't. Bill often has profound viewpoints that I agree with. In this book, however, Maher too often placed a higher priority on being funny than making intelligent remarks. Also, although the cover says "The Best of POLITICALLY INCORRECT," the book is not really related to the show. I expected intelligent comments by both Maher and a wide variety of guests. Instead, nearly all of the book consists of statements made by Maher (not on his show) and not by his guests. This book is not worth reading although Maher's show is worth watching.
Lee J. Markowitz, Ph.D. Student
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I found myself at an event in November 2002 where Bill was pushing his "When you Ride Alone, you Ride with Bin Laden" book. I was so fascinated with how good it was, and how creative it is, that I kind of went on a Bill Maher kick. I bought this book afterward.
Being an incredibly SLOW reader, I was still halfway though this little paperback in under an hour. It's mostly questions that were asked at a show, the occasional comment by Bill, and very rarely sprinkled with guests' answers. There are a few gems in it, but overall, your money is much better spent on "When you Ride Alone you ride with Bin Laden."
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I was concerned prior to reading this book that I wouldn't get many of the jokes, having been between 12 and 14 years old when the show aired. I had very little idea what was going on in the world at that time, being an extremely sheltered young church-goer in rural Minnesota. I find; however, that I have been sufficiently educated since then so that I at least had a vague idea about what was being discussed, which increased my enjoyment of Maher's humor significantly.
I never watched Politically Incorrect when it was on, but I do watch Real Time regularly, so I am familiar with Bill's point of view, although it seems he was a little less cynical about religion back in the 90's. Also, his panel guests were more varied. Presented here are a series of opening statements setting up a topic which I assume the panel went on to discuss. Several times this includes further humorous comments from Bill and also (more rarely) from his guests. I would have liked to have been privy to more of the discussion, but I think if you had watched the show, this would have been more of a reminder of what it was about, or possibly even redundant. There is no new material contained herein, so I wonder about the original point of releasing this collection.
There were several moments where I laughed aloud, but much less than when watching Bill on television, or reading other comedians' written offerings. Again, these are more conversation starters than essays. I suppose an interesting way to interact with the book would be to start conversations among one's friends and relatives, but that might devolve into an argument more damaging to familial relations than one would desire. At times I found myself musing about Bill's premise and trying to decide whether I agreed with him, which may have been his intention.
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Bill Maher has cranked out a number of clever, memorable, very funny one-liners. Unfortunately, to do this he's had to toss off a much larger number of gags that just don't work very well. The book reflects this scattershot approach to his comedy: a few gems with a lot of mediocre filler. It doesn't diminish the value of his truly hilarious comments, but you do have to wade through a lot to get to the good stuff--kind of like a Mel Brooks movie.
As for the political content, I didn't make the mistake of bringing my personal politics into the process of reading political satire. If you're so hardcore that you think "I'm a Republican, so satire of Republicans can't be funny," then I pity you. Humor can and should rise above mere political affiliations, and I'd welcome equally funny material from any writer on the spectrum. Neal Boortz, for example, although I despise his politics, can be a very funny guy. So can Howard Stern. Do the "political ramifications" _really_ matter?
Leave your flag and soapbox at home and approach this book the way it's meant to be approached: as political satire, often mediocre, but occasionally brilliant.
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I received this book in a very timely fashion, and the condition of the book was above expectations -- the vendor was impeccable to work with! So far, the book is a little less so (read Maher's "New Rules" books first, spoils you a bit), but still good...which is NO reflection on the vendor! Good Job!
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He's a great writer, opinionated and funny as hell. All qualities I admire in an author. Doesn't hurt to learn something every now and again and he covers many subjects that I never expected to learn anything from.
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By Amazon Customer on October 23, 2013
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BILL MAHER DELIVERS A FANTASTIC READ IN THIS BOOK JUST AS HE DOES IN HIS STAND-UP WORK AND HIS HBO SHOW REAL TIME, A DEFINITIVE MUST BUY
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I am not what one may call a "Maher Fan". I find his show, Politically Incorrect, difficult to watch, as Mr. Maher repeatedly contradicts himself to maintain the impression that he is in control of the show. Apparently the man feels the name of the show doesn't merely refer to his feelings about political issues, but also to an abandonment of respect and coherency.
I do, however, agree with many of his stances when they are presented in a comprehensible, and occasionally funny way. This book is OK; it's not put together terribly well, and it smacks of a Dennis Miller "Rant" format. What I appreciate the most is that Maher openly criticizes both Republicans *and* Democrats. I don't expect to get very many helpful votes for saying this, but supporting one party over the other seems severely short-sighted. Over the years the party platforms have changed and members of both have committed wrongs against us in the name of Corporate Sponsorship.
Bill Maher's approach may be distasteful, but he isn't just a mouthpiece for a corporation, and that's what people really have a problem with.
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