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REVIEW: Bill Maher @ the Hult (Eugene, OR – 11/13/09)

14th Nov 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

I don’t have HBO, but my love for Bill Maher has grown exponentially in the past 2+ years with the advent of podcasts.  His HBO show, New Rules, gets released for free in audio version about a few days after it airs (iTunes link).  He’s right alongside Keith Olbermann & Rachel Maddow (both from MSNBC), George Hrab’s Geologic Podcast (not about geology), and Kevin Smith & Scott Mosier’s SModcast in mymust listen once they get downloaded” queue.

OK, enough podcast talk… I also love what Bill Maher did last year with his comedy / documentary Religulous.  It was more comedy than an actual documentary for me, and it was quite entertaining from a non-believers point of view.  While I don’t think it’ll change (m)any minds, I still enjoyed it quite well.

When Bill gets time off from his show, sometimes he hits the road.  When I found out about his Eugene date, I already had tickets to go see Cincinnati band Over the Rhine up at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge.  I was torn.  I mean, I’ve seen Over the Rhine fifty times (no lie), but I really love them.  Well, my wife had a Eugene art community show conflict the same night as OTR; so I sold our tickets and opted for Maher instead (sorry, Karin & Linford, we’ll catch you next year).

There was no opener, and Bill Maher hit the stage right around 8:15 and did a solid hour and a half of his crude but poignant comedy.  He touched on many topics and comedic bits from New Rules… the economy, politics, religion, and food culture in America.

Some of my favorite bits were on religion, specifically the Mormontology bit, the Muslim Dior fashion show, and the Pope’s Facebook relationship status (“it’s complicated”).

Some of my favorite lines:

“Crocs – for people who find flip flops a little too dressy.”

“Those liberals, always wanting to get across the river in one piece.” (sarcastic re: the politics of spend, i.e.- wanting to build crazy things like infrastructure)

“The Republicans have looked to the future for their political leadership and found… radio.”

“Ronald McDonald has killed a lot more people than Osama Bin Laden.”

I don’t agree with all of Bill’s stances, specifically some of his thoughts on medicine.  I don’t think he’s being all too scientific in his vocal stance against vaccines, for example.  However, he really didn’t bring those topics up last night.

Overall, I think Bill Maher’s stand-up is a lot like George Carlin – many of the same topics – crude, cutting, and powerful humor.

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: A Perfect CircleMer De Noms

Bill Maher’s Religulous

13th Oct 08 (Mon) 3 comments


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Well, I saw Bill Maher & Larry CharlesReligulous yesterday afternoon… and while it was the third weekend in theaters, there were more people in attendance than the opening weekend of Expelled (same theater in Eugene, same time of day).  Hmmm…

Anyway, funny funny funny movie.  Of course, considering the subject matter, there’s a wealth of comedic opportunity.  While it is primarily making fun of religion by talking down at its followers; well, there are some good points made.  Obviously, I’m biased, though… I like Bill Maher, and I tend to side with him in many areas.  Meh… sue me.

Check it out if it’s playing near you, or when it hits the DVD shelves.

If you like Bill Maher, you can get his HBO show Real Time for free as a podcast… check it out here (iTunes link).

~Dan – np: Goddamn Electric BillTopics for Gossip

PS- sidenote / unrelated…

Fox News has nothing better to talk about than magazine touch-ups, as they are effectively on the wrong side on the issues when it comes to the constituents… might as well talk about magazine close-ups of former beauty queens:

Bill Maher on Larry King re: Religion

22nd Aug 08 (Fri) 2 comments

Bill Maher & Larry Charles’ religious comedy Religulous comes out October 3rd. It was supposed to come out in June (I mentioned way back in April during my review of Expelled).

Bill Maher was recently on Larry King

Part1 – Also available for download at the RDF (warning: 17.5M)

Part2 – Q&A: Rick Warren, environmentalism, stimulus checks, etc…

Part3 – more Q&A: more religion & politics, cockiness, marriage, etc…

Best interchange from the Religulous clips (in Part 1)…

It worries me that people are running my country who think, who believe, in a talking snake.” – Bill Maher
You don’t have to pass an I.Q. test to be in the Senate, though.” – Senator Mark Pryor [AR-D]

*SIGH*

Why can’t God just defeat the Devil and get rid of evil? Because then there’s no story… and no reason to pass the plate.” – Bill Maher

What we really need is a dense ecumenical bandana.

~Dan – np: Radiohead – In Rainbows

Expelled: No Intelligence At All

19th Apr 08 (Sat) 9 comments

OK. Horrible bad propaganda film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, is horribly bad propaganda. Don’t bother seeing it. If you do bother seeing it (like me), don’t bother paying for it. I didn’t.

Ben Stein: wow… he’s a bad interviewer / main guy in a documentary film. Let’s just say that he could take some “be captivating” tips from Morgan Spurlock, or some “how to ask interesting questions” tips from Michael Moore, or some “get a clue” tips from Colonel Mustard… in the study… with the candlestick. Boring guy. I guess I shouldn’t have expected more from him… Bueller… Bueller… Bueller?

Oh, but a personal friend from Cincinnati was spotted twice. Let’s call her J.S. She was in the picket line in front of the Creation Museum opening (in N.Ky). I spotted her twice, and it was cool to see a friend on the big screen while being 2,600 miles way. Her husband (let’s call him G.K.), also at the “event,” wasn’t spotted by me. He was likely inside giving face time to BBC and CityBeat about how this museum isn’t really science.

Anyway, back to the movie. It was a heavily ID-backed movie. It was trying to claim how “cdesign proponentsists” are losing out in academia due to their views on ID and science. They are “losing their freedom.” Um… ok. ID is fine if you want to believe it, but it’s religion and not science. Why should it be taught in governmentally-funded schools? It’s religion, not science. Believe it, fine. Use government money to teach it? Um, no.

As Richard Dawkins posted in his review of the film (entitled “Lying for Jesus?“), it’s full of “lord privy seals.” They are painfully all over the place. They talk about something, then cut to stock footage of it. It was painful, I tell ya. They also butchered the interview with Richard… taking one of his statements out of context, making him sound like he believes in aliens who may have first seeded life on this planet. Most of what they got of Dan Dennett, P.Z. Myers, Eugenie Scott, et cetera didn’t seem too much out of context, but definitely from an “us versus them” stance and likely not the forefront of their taped discussion(s).

Worst part of the movie… linking Darwin to Hitler… as if Hitler wouldn’t have done what he did were it not for The Origin of the Species. Ben Stein took over 30 minutes (easy) making that link, not including the “lord privy seals” inferring it earlier in the movie. Um… there was racism before Darwin. There was hatred of other races, and slavery of other races, way back in The Bible (endorsed by God even). Hmmm…

Oh, and (per the movie) Planned Parenthood is evil… it’s all about eugenics. ::sigh::

I don’t know. If you want to know more about the film, go here: Expelled (the link is… http://www.expelledexposed.com/)

Expelled, the movie, equals A COMPLETE & UTTER FAIL.

In a similar religion and movie theme… I am looking forward to Bill Maher & (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Seinfeld/Borat writer-director) Larry Charles movie this summer… Religulous. The topic is interesting, but I also really dig Bill Maher & Larry Charles.

~Dan – np: TurtleBarking at Some People Walking By

PS- here’s a parody video put out by the Richard Dawkins Foundation…

Addendum (post review)

This “Dawkins Rap video” was made by the Expelled folks, alas, it’s funny nonetheless…

Apparently the Anti-Defamation League, which fights anti-Semitism, renounces Expelled‘s connection between Hitler and Darwin as being an inaccurate connection that the movie made…

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/HolNa_52/5277_52.htm

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