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Bill Maher blurs the line between comedy and commentary
by AnnElise Hatjakes
Sep 16, 2009 | 533 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher will perform at the Silver Legacy in Reno on Saturday.
Courtesy photo - Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher will perform at the Silver Legacy in Reno on Saturday.
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Political humorist Bill Maher will be performing at the Silver Legacy in Reno this Saturday. Maher, known for his irreverent humor and biting political commentary, will give the audience more than a comedy stand-up routine. Maher’s jokes pack a political punch, and on his HBO show, “Real Time,” he discusses current issues with guests using uncompromising honesty.

On the last episode of “Real Time,” Maher said of the town hall meetings over health care, “Apparently it’s no longer enough to be screaming as they’ve been doing at the town hall meetings. They’re now — have you seen this — bringing guns. I would say these people are armed to the teeth, but they have no teeth.”

“Real Time” has been on the air since 2003 and previously Maher hosted “Politically Incorrect” on Comedy Central.

Maher pays special attention to the most controversial issues. He challenged various religions in a documentary called “Religulous,” which Maher said in his blog was a combination of the words “religion” and “ridiculous.” The documentary, directed by “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiam” producer Larry Charles, satirizes religion and religious institutions. Maher travels to different places in the world to explore religions, interviewing followers from different groups.

The film was well-received, for the most part. Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote, “The movie has the same loose, on-the-road structure as Larry Charles’ previous film ‘Borat.’ … Much of Mr. Maher’s film is extremely funny in a similarly irreverent, offhanded way.”

“Religulous” is currently seventh among the top 10 highest grossing documentaries in the United States and was the highest grossing documentary of 2008.

However, others found the film offensive. Reverend and film critic Bryan Griem said, “Many (people Maher interviewed) tried to answer him with simple responses, not realizing that they were dealing with no mere seeker, but a hostile inquisitor.”

To date, Maher has received 21 Emmy nominations for his TV shows. His Reno performance will begin at 8 p.m. and audience members must be 18 or older. Tickets can be purchased online at www.silverlegacyreno.com or by calling (800) 687-8733. Ticket prices are $65 and $80. For more information about Maher, visit www.billmaher.com.
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