Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Comedy 101

Bill Maher was on The Tonight Show last night (yes, it still exists) and held nothing back with either Jay Leno or the uptight audience. I'm always amazed when a crowd can groan and moan at a comedian when they already know exactly how he thinks. Check out this clip, which really gets good around 5:45...



You've gotta give it up for Maher, to go on the most politically correct show and totally take over. Leno, as always, offers up a couple mumbles and says nothing. Beyond saying what he feels (which too few comics actually do), I admire Maher for not going for cheap laughs and most importantly not caring what the crowd thinks of him. A good lesson for me and a great lesson for Leno.

Now where is my rubber chicken and trick bow-tie?

4 comments:

Billy said...

Bill Maher knows what he's going to say and he says it. My issue with him is that he's not acting as a comedian almost any of the time he's on television--he's acting as a pundit on his own. If I thought he were being a comic on television, I'd actually be willing to watch his television show. Because I do my best not to watch pundit-based television, and I refuse to watch Maher or most anything on the Fox News network.

I enjoyed him before he moved to a premium cable audience. Just like Seth MacFarlane got too uppity after Family Guy's revitalization, I think Maher has done the same.

And now I will stop ranting and you can stop skipping over my text.

Barry said...

Bill Maher visiting "The Tonight Show" is like Albert Einstein having a sitdown with Mr. Haney in Hooterville. Surreal. Where's Arnold Ziffel when you need him?

Hal said...

Not sure about Arnold, but Hank and Doris Ziffel and a lot of their kin were apparently in Jay's audience, judging by the reception that Bill Maher got.

Anonymous said...

amazing