Bill Maher's recent stand up special "The Decider" was well done asBill still as outspoken as ever continues to tell about things likethey are. If anyone watches his HBO series "Real Time with Bill Maher"then you already know he's a liberal democrat and hates PresidentGeorge W. Bush and the right wing republicans. Maher holds true to formwith this special as he pokes fun at the intelligence of George W. andsays the republicans make stupid policies. He takes a stab at religionand the Iraq war as he mentions examples of the harm they have causedAmerica. And he speaks on domestic and social problems from the airportmess of security to teen sex and he says that people have just commoneveryday stress and it's natural like nature! Really this may beMaher's best HBO special it was a great focus on both hot political andsocial issues that are hot button topics, and always Bill puts atruthful and correct insult spin twist on them.
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Bill Maher: The Decider (2007)
Comedian, writer and politically incorrect HBO talk-show host Bill Maher takes time off from his regular hosting duties to perform a hilariously scathing stand-up set in this comedy special...
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Comedian, writer and politically incorrect HBO talk-show host Bill Maher takes time off from his regular hosting duties to perform a hilariously scathing stand-up set in this comedy special. Taped in Boston at the Berklee Performance Center, this special features Maher's acerbic takes on a wide range of social and political issues, including the follies and foibles perpetrated on America by President George W. Bush.
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Reviewed byDanny BlankenshipVote: 7/10/10
Over the last year I have gotten into Real Time thanks to HBO making itfreely available as a podcast and it has introduced me to Bill Maher.In my limited experience he is flawed as a political commentatorbecause he does tend to jump to extremes at times, losing his audience.Watching his show "Victory Begins at Home" recently he did have thesame sort of problem plus he seemed to struggle with being outraged pushing his anger to the point of shouting rather than being smartabout it. The Decider is a marked improvement on that show and playsvery much on his strength as an intelligent and informed comedian andmakes for an very funny and very smart hour.
It is a very minor niggle that some of this material he has alreadydone in Real Time, so it is not all new but this is easily covered bythe constant flow and really good structure it has. Maher covers a lotof ground but he never breaks his stride and never has a "anyway" stylemoment where he moves to another topic. In this way his delivery isgood but the material itself is also very sharp and funny. He does takethe easy targets of course (and there are plenty to be had in thecurrent administration) but he also has lots of detail andillustrations to make his point, informing his audience and remindingus of the failings, not just taking pot shots.
He does still have his faults as a commentator though and personally Ifound his jokes about paedophilia in poor taste and poor judgement. Yesit is funny but, as with Real Time, there are not always doublestandards and his opinion is more informed by (a) the belief that boyscannot be sexual taken advantage of by a woman because all they want issex and (b) a need to shock at some point. This is another minorquibble though because otherwise he is on point for the whole show. Ofcourse those on the political right should just ignore it but I'mpretty sure that goes without saying. Surprisingly camp on stage aswell but that is not a complaint, just something that surprised meabout him.
The Decider will not play well to those that disagree with it but thisis not a problem as it is very unlikely that generational Republicanvoters in Kentucky will be rushing home to catch a Bill Maher specialon HBO. To the supporter though, this will be a great show. Maher pullsin his anger to something more like amazement at the world he lives inand produces smart insights and jokes consistently across a wellstructured show.
Putting aside the obvious side that might come for the die-hard fans of Bill Maher- or rather those that watch Real Time each week it comes on- that some of the material present in The Decider was first spoken on the show, what's most impressive about this special is the flow of one subject to the next. As with Maher's other specials, particularly Victory Begins at Home, Maher has a well-rounded point to get at, but surrounds it cleverly with all of the subjects that need to be there for his delivery to work.
His task at hand (as if the title weren't a given) is the Bush administration, with W much of the time revealed (shock) as a total incompetent nut-bar who gets talks from God and will have to, according to Maher, walk back to Texas once his term ends. The topics range mostly out to the wretchedly strange obsession with sex in America, with male inadequacies talked at length (it's hilarious to hear a recounting of a thug killer and kidnapper surrender after a ten hour talk down from Ashley Smith, his female kidnapee), and of course bits of info regarding the 'pills' (Rain-dance anyone?). But of course with the republicans in craze over gay marriage as an issue, and the abstinence pledges (this ends up coming back around, some pun intended, with the final tale told of a certain doctor in the administration who wasn't too keen on raping his wife at night (which hole, who knows?)
Maher makes a lot of his timing based around a cynical view of politics (eg Rudy may very well be president), abortion, the environment, and cronyism, and the ultimate clutter-f*** that is Iraq. But so much of it ends up ringing true, not just because of the facts at hand- where else will you hear such stories of the real crock that are the lobbyists of Washington- but because of the sincerity in the approach to the material. A lot of time Maher ends up laughing himself at what he's saying, as if he truly can't believe some of the stuff that's actually happening in this country (watch as he is perpetually embarrassed at the pile of crap that keeps coming with the administration and its 'Decider').
It might seem smarmy on first sight, but seeing Maher perform after a while, even if it's material heard before (he actually did the "seven minutes" bit better in the I'm Swiss special), is getting an audience riled up, and laughing, at stuff that is unbelievable. It is, ultimately, smart topical stand-up of an order that can only be on HBO. One other great one-liner: "A brain-dead woman gave birth to a baby, congrats Britney!"