Every Friday that he’s on, I record Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO then watch it when I wake up the next morning.
He believes (or doesn’t!) in some things that are very different from my own beliefs. He has tempered a bit (or been enlightened) but used to be (at least arguably) misogynistic on a regular basis.
But, he’s also funny, smart, and often surprisingly on target about a lot of things that matter.
What’s the problem for a lot of people? He’s moved from libertarian to liberal, and he’s caustic.
I don’t deny it. He’s caustic.
But, I do think it’s important to have entertainers who push the envelope, which is a traditional role for comedians like Maher.
It’s only by challenging the boundaries of taste that we find out where the lines exist. Maher treads on the line a lot and sometimes crosses it.
What confuses people, I think, is a comedian who uses politics as his primary material through such a pubic forum and who is well-informed and sophisticated about his analysis at the same time he pushes the envelope.
It is precisely that – they way he really mixes it up with intelligence and humor – that appeals to me. I don’t always agree with Bill Maher, but I’m always curious about what he has to say and the guests he chooses to bring into the conversation.