From best-selling author and host of HBO's Real Time, Bill Maher's new book of political riffs serves up a savagely funny set of rules for preserving sanity in an insane world.
A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to health care, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today. With another presidential campaign on the horizon and a stellar set of real-life characters to have fun with - "New Rule: If Charlie Sheen's home life means he can't have a TV show, then I say Newt Gingrich can't be president" - this enlightening and important book may be the best thing you pretend to read all year.
©2011 Bill Maher (P)2011 Penguin
"Of all the comic commentators, Maher is the gutsiest, boldest, and least inhibited." (The Washington Post)
I was expecting that I would have heard most of this already, and I had -- it's a collection of material from the "New Rules" segments on Real Time. But I usually re-listen to the shows anyway because they're so good, and I always still find the jokes funny the nth time I hear them.
The key to the success of this book is that Maher is the narrator; comedians really need to read their own material.
I enjoyed it, and I think it'll be a great audiobook to have handy on my Audible app for when I want something to listen to while I do errands, etc., but am not in a situation where I want something I need to concentrate on intently. The only drawback will be trying not to laugh too hard at the voice in my head (well, in my earphones anyway) when I'm out in public.
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Maher is great and brings up some great points. Just wish people took comedians seriously sometimes. Anyone who listens would have to agree with most of his philosophies otherwise, they are probably just being ignorant and close minded. Very funny and educational at the same time. Him saying New Rule a thousand times might be annoying to some but what's more annoying are the people Maher makes fun of!
The way he articulates and makes sure you get the joke
The different topics he covered
he's just the man
exciting, incising, unsparingly funny.
A man who says so much has no stance.
Who is he, really?
Criticism with no potential solutions offered has no value, but to anger those criticized.
Bill Maher's first New rules
His spot on take of conservatives
None in particular
Maher is on point with his New New Rules
Thought-provoking, intelligent, and FUNNY. Makes you say
No one else could have narrated this book! Maher was perfectly himself!
His own wit and sarcastic humor! LOVE it!
Get your head out of your ass!!!
You can be either party and you just have set side any differences to laugh at his introspection and honesty. I'd love to meet this guy one day for coffee. Even if you don't see eye to eye on political grounds, this is made me have to repeatedly stop during my jogging because I was laughing so hard. Nice job, Bill. (I had to ding you one star on story because I'm not a Democrat.)
Loved his delivery and genuineness.
Reality: It's hurts. Don't it?
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