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New Rules: Polite Musings From a Timid Observer

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Bill Maher is one of the most politically astute humorists in America today. His unflinching honesty has garnered the respect and admiration of millions of fans, not to mention numerous Emmy nominations. He currently hosts HBO's hit show Real Time with Bill Maher. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling books New Rules and When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden. His other books include True Story and Does Anybody Have A Problem with That?

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. New Rules
  2. Perfect Cliche
  3. Assisted Living
  4. Bore Play
  5. Call Hating
  6. Prescripturs
  7. Not Another Teen Movie
  8. Exit Pole


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 28, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000EHQ8CS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This comedy album is the abridged audio-version of Bill Maher's book New Rules, which is based on a segment from his show "Real Time with Bill Maher" of the same name. The set-up to the jokes is that these often-facetious suggestions ought to be new rules in society from daily routines and etiquette to government and the political arena. Maher uses traditional humor and comedy combined with generous helpings of sarcasm and snark to turn topics ranging from politicians to cultural trends to celebrities into mincemeat. Bill Maher takes offense to the misuse of the word sacred when it comes to marriage, a contract one can enter into in a drive-thru in Las Vegas. He rips into Britney Spears' sham marriage. "The only sacred thing about this marriage is that V.D. isn't airborne," he states and later mentions their vows inclusion of "til Wednesday do us part." Maher asks, "What's the point of remanding a home diva like Martha Stewart to house arrest?" That's like sentencing Kirstie Alley to check-in nightly to I.H.O.P., he quips.

Like the late, great George Carlin, Maher is a master of both standup comedy and the English language, from diction (formal and slang alike) to grammar. He connects the perniciously deceitful P.R. trends of society and the fallout in the Catholic Church to the sex abuse scandal and its cover-up in a wonderful Carlin-esque tone. The album opens to his kvetching on an overused cliché derived from the title of a very forgettable piece of cinematic mediocrity. After the laughs from these first two "new rules," Maher keeps it going for the whole seven tracks as he gained momentum in this performance as though he were running downhill.

Highlights include "Ad Nauseum" about nonsensical and bizarre television commercials such as an I.B.M.
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Even someone on the close-minded right can find something to chuckle at here. Maher's satire is right-on, as always.
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I bought (mistakenly) essentially the same New Rules by Bill Maher - one on video and one on audio. The audio was without an audience and it had the sound of a rehersal. There was no audience feedback from the audience and Maher's delivery did not seem to have much joy or momentum. I keep everything I am buy by way of music or books but this went the way of a someone's else garage sale. In summary: BAD.
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How can any intellegent individual take anything that comes out of his mouth seriously? Nothing that he says is based on facts. He just makes up stuff, day after day.
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