Real Time With Bill Maher

Friday 10:00 PM on HBO Premiered Feb 21, 2003 In Season





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  • The poem "The Emperor of Ice Cream" by Wallace Stevens should be used one day for his eulogy should an audience remain.

    I have a few old friends still living who are much like Bill Maher. After many years of being narcissistic, paranoid dope smokers they remain disturbed and confused by the cause and effect of poor moral judgment and the consequences of denying the existence of morality, a higher power and faith.

    Happy people are not bitter or derisive of the values of others. Bill is derisive and bitter because he has no values. He is not a happy person. Bill wants to be what he denies-God. His bitterness stems from the frustration of his failure to meet that need and his derisiveness issues from his jealousy of others who have found their way. The poem "The Emperor of Ice Cream" by Wallace Stevens should be used one day for his eulogy should an audience remain. The Emperor of Ice-Cream

    Call the roller of big cigars,
    The muscular one, and bid him whip
    In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
    Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
    As they are used to wear, and let the boys
    Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.
    Let be be finale of seem.
    The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

    Take from the dresser of deal,
    Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet
    On which she embroidered fantails once
    And spread it so as to cover her face.
    If her horny feet protrude, they come
    To show how cold she is, and dumb.
    Let the lamp affix its beam.
    The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.
  • left wing nutcases love this show because it is left wing. Boring, repetitve and not funny.

    I used to like politically corret when it was on ABC. I think the strictures of network television actually helped him. The guest were funnier and more diverse. It was fun watching comedians and models pretend they were smart for a half hour.

    Once on HBO, Maher was "free" to do what he wanted, and it isn't pretty. The show is always the same with him and two other guest (with the audience) beating up the lone conservative who is either too stupid to know such a forum will make him/her look bad, or is such a media whore they don't care. Maher is supposedly libertarian, but he does not share the beliefs of the libertarian party. I think he says that because leftist are too dumb to know what libertaians are and it has the word liberal in it, while conservatives who don't know better are fooled into thinking he shares some of there beliefs. Traditionally, libertarians are anti-government in all forms, not just on social issues. they are against mandatory health care, most taxes and regulations. He is none of that. That would be fine if the show was entertaining, but it isn't. His set pieces are really no funnier than Leno's and his guests are the same every episode. How many times has Arianna Huffinton been on, 1000? Wasn't she conservative before being a media whore and deciding at age 45 she was born again liberal? The new rules scetch was done before and better by Dennis Miller.

    In conclusion, if your a cool aid drinker who wants the daily kos' talking points, this and MSNBC are your shows.
  • Bill's humor is sick

    Bill Maher's humor is sick... and not even funny. Perhaps he should take some lessons from Ann Coulter:
    "Unluckily for McCain, snowstorms in Michigan suppressed the turnout among Democratic "Independents" who planned to screw up the Republican primary by voting for our worst candidate. Democrats are notoriously unreliable voters in bad weather. Instead of putting on galoshes and going to the polls, they sit on their porches waiting for FEMA to rescue them"

    His continued acusations of Republicans being gay sounds like he "doth protest too much". Hmmm... how about it Bill? Are you gay?

    Your comedy is pathetic, Bill. For your sake you better hope the writer's strike ends soon.The only reason my rating is above 0.1 is the page wouldn't accept anything less than 1.
  • Crap!

    I don't know how people watch this crap, let alone how it actually made it to a second season. It's a shame that this takes the slot time for something else with substance. HBO, please get rid of this "crap".
  • This show has become a complete farce, imagine a show where everyone agrees and pretends they are having a serious political debate. Thats this show!

    I've followed bill since his politically incorrect days which was unfairly removed from air, and back then at least he used to put on a few token conservatives so the discussion would be something other than a giant circle jerk. He's just been getting worse and worse with every season. His conservative guests have seen a reduction in quality and its just been set up as a rather unfair fight. Now he doesn't even pretend to have a debate, his guests are now 3 people who all agree with him.

    and now after seeing his past treatment of Hilary versus Obama and now his treatment Palin, i can see that he is sexist. Take his Palin jokes for instance, which if facts are taken into account apply to Obama much more, the equivalent jokes he would never think of telling about Obama. Before Palin he couldn't even get a serious Hilary supporter on his panel. At best it was some soft support ninny who would easily be run over by the rest of the lot. It was just a pathetic fixed fight. Its something you'd expect from fox news. So i guess there's a deep element of hypocrisy going on with this show.
  • Maher Is A Scumbag

    They ought to call this show Real Slime Is Bill Maher. This lowlife greasy headed weasel is such a hate monger like Rush Limbaugh is for the right. He like Chris Matthews are such in the tank for Obama that they are not objective. Bill Maher does not hide his hatred for George W. Bush and Fox News and for that I applaud is honesty but it gets repulsive and incredibly hard to watch. He always has his fellow leftist celebrities in his weekly bashfest. Since Real Time With Bill Maher is on HBO which is owned by Time Warner who owns CNN don't expect to see any fairness in the future. I only wish he can get a score of 0.0. Bill Maher has reached a new low by calling God a mass murderer. HBO should fire this scumbag now.
  • Bill Maher in Politcally Correct or Hollywood Time with Bill Maher

    Mr Maher is Reel or Politically correct as Hollywood (HBO in this case) will let him be. He's not realy going out on a limb espousing the typical Hollywood point of view (Bush lied people died) also the The Animal Liberation Front (ALF), an FBI-certified “domestic terror” group, recognizes Maher for his contributions to PETA. About as polically incorrect as he gets is calling women "Gals" or talking about smoking pot. The entire show is basically a monologue and voicing an opinion contrary to Mr Maher's is lampooned as racist, homophobic, far-right or you're just plain stupid (no matter what university you attended). This isn't really anything new but if you live in L.A. or New York City this is your cup of tea.

    PS: I couldn't post this without giving a perfect 10 eventhough I tried to give it a zero
  • But,he IS wrong!

    If ever there was a Reason to listen to Rush Limdah,This Moron is and Pro-Censorship,The things he says about Conservitive women makes anything Rush says about Liberal women seem tame by comparason.
  • Why does this man exist??

    He is the biggest creep on television. He isn't even funny. Disgusting piece of work. I can't even believe he gets away with the things he says. His followers must be brainwashed.
  • I blame you for the legalization of pot!

    I agree with a great deal of what you say. And you say it in a funny way, which always gets through to people. You know, "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand" has always been my favorite Mark Twain quote. However, your constant nagging and going on about legalizing pot is doing a great disservice to America and young people. What you forget is this is a drug. A hallucinogen drug at that. And one that has grown 1000 times stronger than the stuff we smoked in HS. Like all drugs, it works on people in different ways. I can tell you, everyone I know was frightened on it. Paranoid, scared. Who wants to feel that way for God sakes? Some kids have even wound up in mental hospitals because of it. Anything that can make you feel paranoid like that, cannot be called an 'innocent do no harm' drug. Now thanks to you and your influence, I get dizzy shopping in the food store b/c the clerks are in back smoking that 'innocent drug' and people passing by get contact high. I have a right to NOT feel dizzy, which I feel trumps your "RIGHT" to smoke weed and not be arrested. Sure, it should be decriminalized, but not legal! Don't we have enough hell with drunks on the road? Now I have to worry about my kid getting a hold of this DRUG when he goes Trick or Treating!? Is this REALLY what you want to be known and remembered for? Seriously!? An intelligent man like you harping on such a childish "HIGH SCHOOL" topic is ridiculous! Grow up already Bill! Who cares that you have to stand outside to smoke? It's not all about you! Remember you are not always right, I think you think you are. You aren't. Look at Donald Trump. Is he intelligent because he runs successful businesses? No, he's as dumb as a stump! But he is smart in some areas... grow up! Stop harping on about your damn weed! Kids should be considered!
  • Occupation not dead but indoors.

    As a member of the local town Occupation movement we are doing well and getting bigger, and the age is even getting older, and a good mix of Americans. We have just moved to the meeting room in door and the library's.

    Just fyi
  • can you rate higher than 10??

    Hands down, best show on TV. I'm sad on the weeks Bill and the gang take a break. Funny, Informative, and fair. Right wingers, left wingers, scientists, movie stars, as well as rappers covering a whole range of topics, some times even topics not covered by the rest of our lazy media. Whoever cancelled Politically Incorrect was an idiot. I hope this show is on til I'm 100, and as long as it is, I will always pay for HBO !
  • Bill Mather

    If I owned a television I would choose only a few one would be the Bill Mather show. He's very funny and truly insightful in all that is happening in today's world.
  • i am done

    Bringing Julian Assange to the show is the final straw. I will no longer watch Bill's show. I generally love him to death but he has gone way too far this time.
  • Give Him Credit

    Bill has hit an artery for the nation and has indeed put allot of mainstream personalities on the air to air their personal points of view or vendetta.

    Personally do not like his show, barely make it through the monologue, which he delivers with great timing.

    Do not share his point of view, his liberal brain washing, his denial or mouthy, outspoken agnostic preaching. But, realize he may be spouting many of these controversial contrarian comments merely to invoke listenership.

    Overall, it is good the dissident point of view can be voiced even if it only supports the other half of the pre-paid two party one beneficiary system.

    Bill Maher is back and better than ever. I love this show. I especially love the panel discussions. Bill presides over a diverse panel from both sides of the aisle, and the show sizzles when the panel goes at it. I can't wait to see what Bill and his guests are going to say. Bill is extremely funny and smart, and I miss him when he's not on. You rock, Bill.
  • Love Your Show

    Dear Bill Maher,

    Thank You! For bringing humor with the truth

    Have you ever done a comparison test of Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler? Hitler at his rise to power before 1932 beat people up that came to his political meetings throw them out in the street. The killing came later. Trump had people beat and thrown out of his meetings too! Will the killing come later? Again both made racial statements.

    Yes Hitler destroyed a people and his nation. Trump is not good for America or the World he has NO diplomatic knowledge. Yes he will divide America. I am retired Military

    Like to see this make to TV wake people UP!
  • Bill is the best

    Bill Maher is one of a handful of reasons why TV worth watching. He is brutally honest, but also takes his license as a comedian to use hyperbole, irony, and sarcasm, which are almost always on the mark. I don't laugh much, but he keeps me laughing out loud. Keep it up Bill! And he doesn't care what Fox or Limbaugh sympathizers think. He's got their number. Keep it up, Bill Maher!
  • Half or Half Cracked

    Watched the segment on police response to catching the "alleged" bomber in the boat. Bill, FYI. There is not a single "half track" in any photo you showed. Those were armored Humvees. An image search on Google would have shown you a half track, thereby not making you look, HALF CRACKED!
  • agnostic from utah

    Mr. Maher,

    thank you for providing some of the more reliable and entertaining news extant.

    This is not your usual format, but I think the humor within should be experienced by other people. It is short but true. I think of "Religulous" every time I read it.

    Faith Litmus Test

    (377 words)


    . Smith

    Once started, the university professor yielded the floor to debate. Students in Philosophy 101 voiced pros and cons up and down the lecture hallback and forth across the rows, before settling in the middle.

    Sitting on the left side of the aislerow seven, seat eight, a young man in a white T-shirt and blue jeans stated that "People don't need A detached look of assurance on his face, he flipped his bangs out of his eyes before continuing with "We can just as easily navigate the world with reason

    Up the steps and on the right side of the aisle, a young man of continually rankled forehead sputtered in response, "You can'tegh. You don'tugh. I mean, you'd have to be crazy to think that people don't need faith!" If his emphatic eyebrows and his face of heavy consternation didn't convince people of how seriously he took his responsibilities as Student Body President, then the dark serge suit and tie with white shirt he wore for church or business extinguished all residual doubt.

    "Maybe you do," said his new-found theological nemesis, tossing his hair and spreading an incredulous smirk across his face. "But that doesn't mean everyone else

    The class president's furrowed brow clenched alternately in anger and surprise to his classmate's remarks. After he heard that impertinent voice mention "science and evidence," he flushed red glaring down across the aisle and interrupted with "Don't tell me about science! I have faith and I'm a scientist!"

    Upon the next word from seat number eight, the Honors Society presidentbald, phallic, and standing up behind the class president, rifled down an accusatory finger, "Hey! You take it easy on Spunk there!"

    "His nickname is 'Spunk'?" number eight rejoined. "Happy-go-lucky or jissom?"

    Amidst the laughter, a plaintive cry from a seat in the shadows near the top of the hall begged, "Please, I'm the valedictorian. No profanity! Please!"

    When the well-read hoodlum suggested that scientists work with evidence and not faith, Spunk bolted upright from his seat and shouted what his force and volume suggested had to be the conclusive salvo in the debate, "Are you trying to tell me Einstein didn't have faith when he invented the light bulb!"

    B. E. Smith is a freelance writer from Utah. In addition to essay and article publications, his stories and poems have appeared in anthologies and magazines such as Gutter Eloquence, Zygote in My Coffee, The Legendary, Static Movement, the delinquent, and in the current issue of The Binnacle. He lives in Salt Lake City and is writing a memoir.

  • Bill, you are the only one who will examine health care costs fairly

    Bill, I appreciate that you've touched on the obscenity of US health care costs. But, please devote an entire episode to the costs of health care. This is among the top issues in this off-presidential year. I received a standard doctor's visit and strep test bill for $600, 4x the cost of those with insurance, and 8 times the cost that Walgreens clinic charges. During the doctor's visit, the doctor didn't touch my daughter, but rather had a nurse do the strep test. We just needed the prescription, knowing after 4 times, what my daughter had. I'd like to hear from a provider, an insurance a Walgreens rep, a Medicare rep, and AMA rep to explain this ridiculous charging structure and find some solutions, or at least, have the debate.
  • Muslims in Obama administartion

    Bill please review link and comment on in your fuutre is monumentally scary!!!

  • Bill Maher is smart, extremely liberal, nonreligious, politically incorrect, and bold!

    Bill Maher is very funny and politically, very sharp. He invites panels of smart people to discuss the current political events, and they are more entertaining and informative than the usual news shows. Bill Maher has the courage to say things that most people on TV are afraid to say.
    Bill Maher is so liberal that he criticizes Barack Obama for staying too close to the middle of the road.
    Although he is liberal, Maher invites conservative guests to his program, and this inspires good debates.
    Maher is also nonreligious, and he has the courage to criticize religion on his show.
    The show is a combination of Maher's stand-up comedy routine, panel discussion, and Maher's "New Rules" comedy routine. Many a true word is spoken in jest!
  • Show has taken a nose dive

    The only whiny little bitch is him
  • Is this guy real or just a ***?

    I have never watched such a lame TV host, he's still in denial. With people like you spreading your words of hate it explains part of what happened to our country in the last 8 years.
  • Stop the Hate!

    One of the worst shows on TV. Bill Maher spouts hate on every show, don't find hate amusing.
  • Typical liberal non-critical thinking.

    Requesting liberals to become introspective in their thought processes is obviously a mythical request. Bill Maher validates the foregoing each and every time he opens his mouth. He attempts to pretend he is sophisticated and informed but the antithesis is apparent due to his "bucket-over-his-head" concept of reality.
  • ***y bill sucks ass

    I would like to stoop down to Bill's level and call him a huge ***. That bigot is trying to destroy what made this country great. Its not like he matters though, now that people are waking up and the presidents approval ratings are at ~40% its not like any democrat has a chance. Im not a republi*** btw, I wouldn't be surprised if the repubs turned into the new whig party. Lrn2history liberal ***s
  • Take this crap out of HBO

    This show needs to be stopped. Period
  • Poor Judgement

    I use to enjoy watching your show, but as lately you seem to have become overly opinionated on matters without having all the facts, it's one thing to be funny and yet all together another when not showing good judgement and responsibility.

    I would like to think that a person such as yourself who reaches millions of households would be more responsible when talking about issues like as the Zimmerman case, or is it anything for a laugh, even when it's at the expense of others, specially in this case which is so sensitive!

    Your better than that Bill
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