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Haven't You Learned How to Take a Joke? The Comedy-on-Campus Debates

The college comedy deficit means that we are neither taught how to take a joke nor how to interpret one.

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Bill Maher: 13 April 2014 - Kansas City, Missouri

Doubtless, Bill Maher’s stand-up concert was mordant, hard-hitting, and spectacular, and yes, subsequent to the dreadful -- but comic gold -- Bush years.

Television

Political Humor and Its Diss Contents

Political humor brings a lot of joy and laughter into our often humdrum lives, but is our national laugh fest a good thing for the nation at large?

Politics

Stand-Up! America’s Dissenting Tradition Part 3: The Bills of Rights, Hicks & Maher

Two sides of the same coin, Bill Hicks and Bill Maher are comedic patriots; leave (their country) they will not, nor will they leave it alone, for they persist at picking at their nation’s open sores of injustice, hypocrisy, and superficiality.

Politics

Agitprop to Occupy My Time: 'In Time' for the Revolution

If fiction and reality could merge, the hero of the film In Time would benefit from listening to Real Time with Bill Maher, who said to the Occupy movement, "When you occupy anything for too long people do get pissed off."

Performing Arts

Stand-Up! America’s Dissenting Tradition Part 1: Trailblazers Mort Sahl & Lenny Bruce

Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce were more than just maverick dissenters; they were the founding fathers of what would later coalesce under the umbrella of the “counter-culture”.

Politics

Humor vs. Religion: An Unholy War. Part Two: Dispatches From the Front Lines

For comedians like Ricky Gervais, Bill Maher and others, the non-rational beliefs and behaviors that religion fosters are, from a “material” perspective, manna from heaven.

Politics

Humor vs. Religion: An Unholy War, Part One

Even within the US, where democracy and political openness have fostered a rich tradition of rebellious humor, stains still linger from those periods when “God-is-on-our-side” attitudes swept the nation into a mass hysteria of obedience and fear.

Television

The Marriage Ref: NBC's Next 10 p.m. Revolution?

When NBC moved Jay Leno to ten, the network thought it was going to change the very face of TV. The goals in developing Jerry Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref were undoubtedly more modest. But Jerry may yet succeed where Jay failed.

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Religulous

Certainty grants Bill Maher an easy target, especially as he is, he says, selling doubt: "That's my product."

Film

Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.

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Real Time with Bill Maher

Material can turn scandalous, even scatological. Bill Maher is often the first to drag the focus into the social sewer, and he loves to play the non-PC card.

Bill Gibron
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Real Time with Bill Maher

A provocative, dead-on, and hilarious political roundtable.

Terry Sawyer

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