Bill Maher during his comedy show Friday night at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. (Bernstein Associates)
This past Friday night, the Nokia Theater was filled to the brim with a more intelligent audience than the usual congregation, fans of the eternally sharp Bill Maher.
Educated people came from far and wide to hear everyone’s favorite Liberal comic satirize the low hanging Tea Party fruit. It’s not often that a comic can take political humor beyond a polite chuckle. But Maher manages to artfully guide the audience into hysterical laughter. For close to two hours, Maher covers all the conservative low points of the past five years.
With a career spanning over 30 years, Bill Maher has been entertaining the masses with his astute viewpoint through decades of change.
Maher started out as a comedian an actor as the host of the New York City comedy club Catch A Rising Star in 1979. He then began making appearances on Johnny Carson and David Letterman’s shows in 1982. He eventually assumed the host position for the late night Comedy Central talk show, “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.”
Each episode would start off with a monologue in Maher’s politically satirical style followed by a panel discussion of topical issues selected by Maher. “Politically Incorrect” was one of the first shows to have a panel that consisted of a sundry group ranging from politicians to celebrities giving it a universal appeal.
Since 2003, Maher has been co-hosting, co-producing, and co-writing the HBO political comedic talk show “Real Time With Bill Maher” where Maher has continued his tradition of panel discussions. Maher still spends his weekends touring the country doing standup.
Maher started his set off saying he wants to understand conservatives. He wants to understand what drives them to conjure up facts to support their viewpoints. He wants to understand why they insist on being hypocritical.
Coincidentally, there was a study published in the Journal of Current Biology – which delves into the scientific differences between democratic and republican brains. Republicans showed more activity than Democrats in the right amygdala when making a risky decision. This brain region is important for processing fear, risk and reward. Therefore, in theory, republicans tend to make decisions that will keep them out of trouble.
This explains all the behaviors Maher is questioning and serves as the perfect segue as he dives into the midterm election. He proceeds to leave no conservative stone unturned. Every relevant issue is covered from Maher’s religious viewpoint (devout Atheism), to marriage equality, to women’s reproductive rights, to the binders of women Mitt Romney had kept at his side, Maher covered it all.
We even get the inside scoop on his feud with alleged half human, half orangutan spawn Donald Trump.
Maher wraps his set up with the universal topic of religion. Knowing his background, it’s safe to say that his audience is not a church loving, toting group.
He believes in science over religious fairytales and this is his funniest material.
Those in attendance walked away from the show with a new found on the unassumingly sexy Maher. His posters will be proudly displayed over twin beds.