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Bill Maher: Be More Cynical
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Bill Maher: Be More Cynical (DVD)
The wit and wisdom of Bill Maher are on display in this hour-long performance, recorded in San Francisco in 2000. Of course, just how witty and wise Maher appears will depend on one's socio-political stance. Outspoken if not outrageously controversial (this gig preceded his infamous remark on his Politically Incorrect show that the 9/11 hijackers were "not cowardly"), Maher espouses views on sex, the war on drugs, religion, and other popular (and, let's face it, easy) targets that are unlikely to endear him to, say, residents of most "red states." Still, there is one opinion that this self-proclaimed Libertarian and his conservative counterparts might well share--namely, that big government is decidedly not a beautiful thing. Indeed, Maher's point is that we need to "be more cynical" not for its own sake, but so that we might avoid being duped by the real cynics out there, like those in Congress who sue Big Tobacco even as they line their own pockets with campaign contributions from those same companies. Elsewhere, although Maher doesn't specialize in one-liners, he does have some good lines: Princess Diana was "a lovely housewife who did some charity work"; when it comes to being faithful in a relationship, "men are only as loyal as their options"; those who claim to comprehend God's will really only "understand God as your dog understands you." The main problem with some of this material is that it's dated; taking shots at George W. Bush before he was elected for the first time isn't exactly fresh years after the fact. --Sam Graham
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As he says, he's not out there to convert his enemies, he mostly is talking to people who already know where he is coming from & enjoy his take on religion, men, guns, tobacco & politics.
Enjoy, watch & enjoy
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This DVD is from a show in San Francisco sometime in the summer of 2000. Although it doesn't give a date on the DVD, you know from Bill Maher that his comments are current, so if you're expecting to hear him speak about the war in Iraq or Abu Ghraib...those were things he discussed on his tour last year (which I hope will be released on DVD). On this DVD, he talks about his usual favorite subjects...drugs, the annoyance of children, complaints about women's dishonesty, defense of Clinton's affair with an intern, the idiocy of Bush and the Republican party, and his skewering of religious ideology. I particularly loved that this DVD included a reaction when some unseen audience member in the balcony yelled out to Bill that "Jesus saves!" His reaction and irreverent comments are downright funny and right on target! I loved how he compared unbelievable Bible stories that people believe literally happened with equivalent fairy tales that no one believes happened (he compared the apple from the forbidden tree in Genesis to the poison apple of "Snow White" and other similiar comparisons). To hear him say that does point out the obvious...why believe one but not the other? And what does believing in one but not the other have anything to do with how you treat people?
Bill does claim to believe in God on this DVD, though I always had the impression that he was an atheist. He defends Jesus from the people who claim to be the most devout followers...Bill simply is a man who's too smart for his own good. I'm a Bill Maher fan...as his show "Politically Incorrect" was part of my TV diet during my college years. I don't agree with him on every topic (such as drugs), but I do think he's a smart man who does his homework and probably knows a lot more about the world than our current president. Bill Maher is someone who should be running our country right now! This DVD is for his fans out there. Watch it and laugh.
I was always amazed by how obvious his observations were, and how blind people choose to be.
True, be more cynical is few years old, but it is as funny and accurate as "The Decider".
Finally some body agrees with me on the big deal made over Clinton's scandal, Lady Diana's image, Al Gore, Reagan, and Bush junior, especially junior. Listen to Bill's observations about advertisement, drugs, republicans, death, religion (how religions are manipulated by people and how faith in God doesn't necessarily lead you to religion), aging (menopause = men on pause), the protected classes and their double standards (especially women), Barbie and Ken (Ken comes separately), and the male agenda "men are as loyal as their options, women should stop complaining about men until they develop better taste in them.....".
I especially enjoy how Bill reacts when some audience rudely interrupts him, I actually wish for that to happen. I just love how witty and ready Bill is; even Medusa might not keep up with him.
When Maher refers to Clinton's levels of lies, it finally occurred to me why people like Maher don't choose politics; they simply can't lie. I believe the world would be much better if more clean minds like Maher existed.
Come on now. Just look at his full head of hair on the cover. So you get some very funny commentary on the Clintons and the issues of the day, circa negative 5 years. Wow, someone got taken to ringer!
This DVD is a classic, through and through. This contains some of his best comedy since the late 80's-early 90's. Very funny stuff, well executed.
This DVD takes us back to a better time, but Maher never let's us forget the idiocy of both parties and the trouble with political contention.
The venue is a large auditorium in San Francisco, and is clearly uncensored. He's free to do jokes about sexy things and name the body parts involved. He's also free to talk smack back to the heckler who shouts "Hey, Bill! Only Jesus saves!" First he says that guy better leave before he gets to the Jesus part, then suggests that what he'd really like to do is gag him and tie him to his seat, forcing him to listen to his jokes about religion. Then he notices that the guy has left already.
Bill argues that he likes Jesus, thinks he is cool, but can't stand religion. It's just that he says it so much better than I can. He also takes out after various differences between the sexes, including the problems caused by over-eager feminists. He talks about the drug war, and protecting the children from bad influences, and a host of topics where his primary theme is the hypocrisy of it all. His point about being more cynical is in reference to not believing the BS spooned up in commercials, whether for consumer products or for politicians. He talks about government regulations and bureaucracy, and declares he is a Libertarian, although not everything he says is consistent with the party platform.
In short, he dishes up a great many laughs on a great many subjects, and the audience loves it. So did I.