Friday, September 17, 2010

Film Yap: But I'm Not Wrong

Bill Maher’s style of comedy divides peoples because of what is saying politically. There are those who adore his HBO show, Real Time With Bill Maher, and those who championed his film Religulous. He is very opinionated when it comes to the government and religion, in general. Even if you side with what he is saying, his latest special But I’m Not Wrong is bound to disappoint.

Nothing seems shocking anymore. Jokes and jabs against George W. Bush and John McCain just feel old. It’s difficult to cover topical humor when there are venues like The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and Twitter. I’m not laughing at Sarah Palin having notes on her hand because I’ve already heard a dozen similar jokes. Maher uses comparisons to pop culture as a way of making the bits unique, but none of them were strong enough to be quotable.

Maher is at his best when he is bouncing off people. That’s when he has to be on his toes and creative with defending his points. When it’s a one-man show there is a spark that is lost. He is just preaching to his choir. He tries to settle down the crowd by warning them he is going to talk about religion for a few minutes and they laugh. They laugh because no one who attends a Bill Maher comedy special should ever be surprised he is going to bash religion. Especially when it’s the same old song and dance. Yes, Scientology is crazy!!! We know.

Everything just feels stale and that is too bad. He has a fun stage presence and he’s very intelligent. This is just a boring entry that borders on irrelevancy.

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