Originally Posted by jamo
No where in the comedic handbook does it say you should take both sides of all issues, or that that makes you more "professional." Most comedians would much rather be Bill Maher and have a consistent voice than be Jay Leno and try to appease everyone.Maher has a tendency to get very broken record-y. Much of his writing staff has been with him for years. If you watch his show enough and know enough about comedy it's not hard at all to call out his monologue and New Rules punchlines before he delivers them.
That's not to say it can't be funny. Consistent humor is still humor, after all.
I stumbled upon Maher about 3 years ago flipping through HBO.
He was funny, most of the time he had people with an opposing viewpoint on the panel. In the pre-panel, he typically has a quick interview with an individual who has made a contribution to a worthy cause. He has the panel, and then you see typically a liberal celebrity join them in mid-panel. Then he does his "Maher" thing afterwards to end the show.
Admittedly, I only catch bits and pieces of the show now. As Jamo says, once you see a bit of it, it's a bit like Groundhog Day. And you must filter - remember it's comedy with commentary and satire. Of course, with the tea people, Maher doesn't need to exaggerate. I mean, have you heard Louie Gohmert, the Congressman of Texas? My word ... and he is not the only tea person that is a fruitcake. I mean Michelle Bauchman predicting the end of days? Maher doesn't need to make this up - the tea people write it for him.
Sometimes, Maher says things over which I blush or in very poor taste. I change the channel. Still, he is a funny guy, although his humor bites ... a lot. Personally, for a one man show I prefer Lewis Black.