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Old 06-29-22, 08:13 AM
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Re: Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - Series Discussion Thread

Originally Posted by Gunde
So do I. I'm also mature enough to not give a fuck that a dude on television sometimes has opinions I don't share. At least he seems consistent and can back up what he says with thought out reasons and arguments that are more than merely strawmen and "just becausea".
No the show is not funny, but I doubt anyone besides Bill is still considering it "comedy". It's a political talk show.

It is too bad more people don't feel this way about you know other stuff...
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Old 07-24-22, 02:52 AM
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No longer selling tickets like before.
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Maybe it is just me but stand up comedy is ok but I would rather buy tickets to see a concert than watch a comedian.

Music will last forever and comedy is fleeting.
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Re: Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - Series Discussion Thread

Originally Posted by Decker
No longer selling tickets like before.
https://twitter.com/davenewworld_2/s...ustldAXb2bhjsg

Friday night at 10pm in Las Vegas. He plays Vegas often. Are his shows at this time usually sold out? Or 3/4 full? What if this is typical?

How does this compare with other comedians' shows?

I honestly have no idea what audiences are like in Vegas for a late comedy show on Friday night. There's lots to do and lots of entertainment options.
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Old 07-24-22, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
Maybe it is just me but stand up comedy is ok but I would rather buy tickets to see a concert than watch a comedian.

Music will last forever and comedy is fleeting.
People go to Vegas on vacation to get away from politics.
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Old 07-24-22, 07:08 PM
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Re: Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - Series Discussion Thread

Probably a Vegas thing, especially in the ridiculously hot summers there where it's around 110 degrees every day. (I've been to Vegas in the middle of summer and it's absolutely miserable outside this time of year). He tends to sell out auditoriums when he goes on tour elsewhere.
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I don't know...looks like there were people sitting further back (not in the photo, although you can see a few), so maybe the majority just opted for the cheaper seats?
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Re: Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - Series Discussion Thread

Originally Posted by Count Dooku
Friday night at 10pm in Las Vegas. He plays Vegas often. Are his shows at this time usually sold out? Or 3/4 full? What if this is typical?

How does this compare with other comedians' shows?

I honestly have no idea what audiences are like in Vegas for a late comedy show on Friday night. There's lots to do and lots of entertainment options.

Most places in Vegas are not sold out. No matter what show so that is typical. I wouldn't read much into it. Why do you think all those half price ticket brokers are in business?

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His show returns live this Friday.

Bill also has a non-political podcast called Club Random where he interviews a celebrity from his actual basement.

Itís pretty good usually. Heís had Tarantino, Mike Tyson, William Shatner, Lisa Kudrow and lots of others. They basically sit there and smoke weed, drink and shoot the shit.
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I've been to many Vegas shows (lots 10pm or later) and I've never seen anything like that. Closest was a Penn & Teller show (who were/are residents at the Rio) and even that show was more than 2/3 full

Eff Bill Maher, guy has gone off the rails. Someone who believes experts when it comes to climate change but dismisses experts when it comes to a pandemic. Not 1 epidemiologist on his show but instead he has a shitbird like Kellyanne Conway. And don't get me started on the "woke" bullshit
Old 07-26-22, 03:27 PM
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Re: Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - Series Discussion Thread

Not only are there Half-Price Tickets in Vegas, there's also a service for locals called House Seats. They actually give away unsold tickets for soon-upcoming events for free just so the place looks filled up (only catch is if you claim one and don't actually go pick it up, you then get charged for it). If a name performer isn't playing to a near-capacity crowd in Vegas, then people really don't want to see them.
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Re: Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - Series Discussion Thread

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
Maybe it is just me but stand up comedy is ok but I would rather buy tickets to see a concert than watch a comedian.

Music will last forever and comedy is fleeting.
I generally agree, but I did go to see stand up by Seinfeld, as well as Steven Wright.

Given the opportunity, I would also see Larry David, and possibly Ricky Gervais.
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Old 07-26-22, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by alfredog1976
I've been to many Vegas shows (lots 10pm or later) and I've never seen anything like that. Closest was a Penn & Teller show (who were/are residents at the Rio) and even that show was more than 2/3 full
I'm not completely following this thread. Is all of this discussion based on a pre show photo of the crowd? Was this confirmed? This rings of those Trump rally photos from 2016 which were taken long before it started and were easily debunked later.

I was actually in Vegas all week, and I checked Maher tickets and I thought it was sold out. I did end up seeing 3 Cirque du Soliel shows and only spent $70 for great seats.

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Originally Posted by andicus
I generally agree, but I did go to see stand up by Seinfeld, as well as Steven Wright.

Given the opportunity, I would also see Larry David, and possibly Ricky Gervais.
I agree, it depends on the comic. I'm seeing Dave Attell next month, but he's one of my favorites, and I'm not sure how many chances I'll have to see him live.

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Re: Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - Series Discussion Thread

There aren't really a lot of stand-up comics I'd go out of my way to see.

Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Robin Williams, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Andrew "Dice" Clay... and maybe Bob Goldthwait. That's about it. And then, all but two are dead, the other two surviving ones are way past their primes.
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There are few comedians I will go see live. John Mulaney is one of them - he's amazing.
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The Chris Cuomo interview was very good. And the current "Club Random" interview with Jay Leno is great.
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Originally Posted by Bandoman
There are few comedians I will go see live. John Mulaney is one of them - he's amazing.
I'd love to see Mulaney, I'm a huge fan, he's one of my current favorites.
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Originally Posted by Throwing Copper
His show returns live this Friday.

Bill also has a non-political podcast called Club Random where he interviews a celebrity from his actual basement.

Itís pretty good usually. Heís had Tarantino, Mike Tyson, William Shatner, Lisa Kudrow and lots of others. They basically sit there and smoke weed, drink and shoot the shit.
The new Club Random guest is Aaron Rodgers. Itís longer than the Quentin Tarantino episode.

2 hours of Bill and Rodgers, itís cringey at times with all the ass-kissing between the two, but thatís a pretty good get for Bill.
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He went after Top Gun Maverick

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He went after Top Gun Maverick
At the outset, it is essentially the same kind of criticism that John Oliver was leveling against Law and Order. It's entertaining, but it is also propaganda to convince audiences to unabashedly support a government institution that does not deserve it.
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At the outset, it is essentially the same kind of criticism that John Oliver was leveling against Law and Order. It's entertaining, but it is also propaganda to convince audiences to unabashedly support a government institution that does not deserve it.
Yeah, but is that some kind of revelation? The first Top Gun was widely criticized as a "recruitment film", pretty much since the day it was released.
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The whole thrust of the segment was how the almost all stellar reviews of Maverick show Hollywood and the whole entertainment media are pretty hypocritical when they can praise a film like this but take so many other films and shows to task for not being ďwokeĒ enough.(Not trying to start a political debate - thatís just what Maher was saying I believe).

At the end of the day Hollywood still worships money over everything else and that includes social justice. But is that really news?


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Yeah, but is that some kind of revelation? The first Top Gun was widely criticized as a "recruitment film", pretty much since the day it was released.
Well, since Top Gun came out 35 years ago, I imagine there are a few people who saw Maverick and never heard that line of criticism

Originally Posted by bunkaroo
The whole thrust of the segment was how the almost all stellar reviews of Maverick show Hollywood and the whole entertainment media are pretty hypocritical when they can praise a film like this but take so many other films and shows to task for not being ďwokeĒ enough.(Not trying to start a political debate - thatís just what Maher was saying I believe).

At the end of the day Hollywood still worships money over everything else and that includes social justice. But is that really news?
Since Bill is upset that some of his views have been criticized as not woke enough by far left progressives, I would expect that he will be taking opportunities to attack hypocrisy on the Left.

And I'm not sure where anyone would get the idea that a comedian would be breaking new ground regarding social commentary.
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